Morrigan Aensland - DarkStalkers




I originally planned to have Morrigan ready for Amecon 2008, but just two weeks before the MCM Expo in May I discovered I'd need Morrigan ready a lot sooner for an earlier debut!

Despite all of the rushing and all of the stress, I was really pleased with how Morrigan came together and I had such fun wearing the costume ^_^ It was my first time wearing contacts too, but I'm now a convert and will be buying a different coloured pair for every costume that now calls for it lol. I also had a small pair of moulded vampire fangs to wear, just to add to Morrigan's demonic look :-)

I made the costume in two parts. Morrigan wears a black skin tight body suit, but I decided to go along the two piece route, wearing a black leather corset for the top half and creating a pair of elasticed bottoms for the lower half :-) It was my first time working with elastic but it was fun and fairly easy to do ^_^ Anyway, I went with the corset because of the wings. I was determined to have a pair of back wings that supported themselves and very fairly sturdy, unlike other Morrigan cosplayers I've seen who go for light, loose wings which they hold up themselves, or attach 'invisible' thread to so that the wings appear to move when they move their arms. But I didn't want to have to throw my arms out this way or that for photoshoots, just to make sure my wings were spread. The easiest way I could think of for having self supported wings, was to create a harness that slipped under the lacing at the back of a corset, so that when the corset was pulled tight around me, the wings would be held firmly in place against my back. And somehow, miraculously, it worked! ^___^

The wings were made from copper tubing and metal coat hangers, and involved some soldering at the joints to add strength, and a little bit of duct tape too. It's quickly becoming an essential cosplaying tool of mine lol. The head wings were created in a similar way, with metal coat hangers, and threaded through the wig cap and attached to a head band beneath :-) Meanwhile the bat detail on the tights were hand painted on by Sjbonnar, thank you honey!

This is the first costume I've been able to use my new sewing machine on, but unfortunately the back wings still required a lot of hand stitching! The Expo was so packed with people who kept knocking into them all day that I spent most of the time outside where there was more space, but my right wing still took a bit of a beating and will require a repair job before Amecon :-(

And although Morrigan didn't win any prizes at Expo, it's still one of my favourite costumes as it's so much fun to wear ^_^ Morrigan wasn't as well recognised as I thought she would be, but she still seemed to attract quite a few photographs from people who didn't know who she was, I guess because her style is quite unusual and eyecatching :-)

Now all I need to complete her look is a Lilith! Anybody fancy joining me at Amecon? ^_^


grayskull8 posted on 2 November, 2007 - 17:49
are you really going to do this cosplay =0 ur going to get total faned boyed to death if u do lols

Efia posted on 2 November, 2007 - 17:59
lol I really have been meaning to do it for ages! After last year's October Expo I wanted to do it for May but my cosplaying skills were still not up to scratch back then ^_^' But Morrigan's awesome. So awesome I even had a big sexy pic of her up on my bedroom wall o_0 lol Had to take that down when I moved back home from uni, eheh ^_^'

grayskull8 posted on 2 November, 2007 - 18:20
well with ur skills u showen with ur latist cosplay this sould look amzing cant wait to see how it look. what con do you think your have it finshed by ps do u have msn? grayskull8

Efia posted on 3 November, 2007 - 00:53
I'd like to have it finished for the May Expo in London :-) And yes I have MSN! I don't use it very often though ^_^' But I will be on soon to try and catch up with you ^_^

Adamoluna posted on 24 January, 2008 - 22:30
:D good luckisies! Especially with the wings! They look difficult ^^' Looking forward to pictures from the expo when you're done :)

Ikkaku-kun posted on 26 April, 2008 - 17:51
Hah cool :P the morrigan costume has the most amusing headgear evah XD

Leadmill posted on 26 April, 2008 - 19:05
Looks great Elsa, another fantastic job! You will take Amecon by storm!

Sora-Kun posted on 27 April, 2008 - 23:58
Holy crap wow, seriously aweosme. I cant wait to see this! Long time no see btw!

Efia posted on 29 April, 2008 - 13:05
Yay more comments ^_^ Hopefully there'll be more progress pictures soon too! Thanks Matt, and Shaun! It's good to hear from you again :-)

Hexi posted on 29 May, 2008 - 17:04
Uwaah. Efia you looked so awesome! ^^ i has a question though. i'm making a cosplay that needs similar wings, how did you attach the wings to the corset?? mine won't be a corset but i need ideas on how to effectively fix the wings onto my back without having like straps around my shoulders etc etc.... ¬3¬ <3

Nocturnal Blossom posted on 29 May, 2008 - 17:25
You looked soooo good! Really sexy and the costume was awesome! <3

Mtani posted on 29 May, 2008 - 18:27
Oh wow! Love the cosplay! :D Been wanting to cosplay as Morrigan myself, but I don't think I could do it this well! ^_^ Aww, wish I had a spot available for Amecon, would've loved to join you as Lilith! ^_^

Efia posted on 1 June, 2008 - 14:48
Thanks Hexi ^_^ And I attached the wings by making the harness slide underneath the lacing of the corset, so that once it was all pulled tight it was all secured pretty well against my back. I'm not sure how it would work without a corset :-\ What sort of top will you be wearing? I've got to think about this one myself as I'm hoping to make a small pair of angel wings to go with my ballgown for Amecon, which is strapless also ^_^' Nocturnal Blossom, thank you for the lovely compliment! ^_^ I'm glad you like the costume :-) And Mtani, I thought you were going to Amecon! :-( And I'm sure you'd make an awesome Morrigan also, I'd love to see!

Mtani posted on 1 June, 2008 - 23:10
I'm going to Amecon, but I've already got planned cosplays for all the days.. ^_^' Would love to join in some other time if you decide to reuse your Morrigan ^^ ooh! Angel wings on Amecon ball gown?! Looks like I won't be alone then! XD If I manage to make them that is, it will be my first pair XD ..wonder how big they will allow them to be?

Efia posted on 2 June, 2008 - 21:24
I'm not sure ^_^' I think the limit at the actual Amecon event is 3 feet, which leaves me a bit screwed as my Morrigan wings are about 4' I guess I'll see if I can stretch the limit a bit and get away with it ^_^' And yeah, I've got a gorgeous ball gown and I'm hoping to be able to combine it with a cosplay character without detracting from the dress :-) So I'm thinking of doing my Alexiel cosplay, ball gown-style with long black gloves, her head band and three small feathered wings too ^_^ It's a pity you've got plans already but I'm sure Morrigan will have another outing one day in the future :-) You're doing Nia one day at Ame aren't you? I absolutely can't wait to see that!

LittlePidgey4 posted on 15 June, 2008 - 19:31
Lovely lovely costume *__* The wings are just brilliant... How on earth do you get a costume to look so PERFECT <3

Efia posted on 16 June, 2008 - 16:28
It was by no means perfect ^_^' But I did my best and I'm glad that it seemed to come out looking fairly accurate =^_^= Thank you!

1000014 posted on 10 July, 2008 - 02:38
ahh wow :D

Manga Girl posted on 9 August, 2008 - 21:43
Morrigan is my favourite Darkstalker's character and were so beautiful and fantastic as her! :D If I was slim enough I would go as Lilith but I have a long way to go ^^;

Mangamad posted on 22 October, 2008 - 01:01, I mean awesome. ^o^v If it was Lillith...I'm running away. ^^;

Uber-Nerd posted on 17 November, 2008 - 08:48
I remember you! I was seras at May expo- nice to see you again! Sorry I saw you again October sunday, but didn't realise it was you. -Tab

Prince Zarbon posted on 10 January, 2009 - 04:09
ToTaL MaJoR HoTnEsS!!!!

Sephirayne posted on 30 June, 2009 - 04:21
Wow! fab cosplay. Love the wings on the outfit and the wig.

Defrain posted on 6 September, 2009 - 09:20
why have i not seen this before hand ? morrigan is awesome done a great job

Yuka posted on 28 January, 2010 - 21:55
Wooowwww you look really pretty! I love the corset, the heart in it is adorable <3

Blue-Dahlia posted on 7 July, 2010 - 01:45
Love the costume and the poses!