New DC 52 Batgirl
Why I chose to make this costume:
Madame Hydra is a strong female character with one of my favorite color themes, and much as with Baroness, I like that Ophelia doesn't have superhuman strength or mutant powers, but relies on her cunning, vigorous combat training and a variety of cool weapons to be a formidable foe to so many heroes. I'm so down with that. Rolling with the big boys!
I wanted to cosplay this character, and thought of ways to translate her overall silhouette into a more detailed costume with textures. I respect each cosplayer's way of interpreting the character, but for me, there was no fun in just making a green bodysuit. I wanted to have some design lines and interesting patterns on the costume.
How I made this costume:
I started collecting materials months ago, but made the costume in 3 weeks starting over New Year's Eve weekend. It was a very fast build, especially with rubber materials that take 16+ hours to cure. Each test piece, each mold, each cast needed enough time to dry and cure, so I made the costume around the armor building, using the down time in between to sew.
I want to write up a proper detailed construction note, when I release all the photos from the shoot and make a gallery for my website. For now here is a breakdown of materials:
-Armor made from plastic (chest piece & shoulders) and urethane rubber (abdomen)
-Undersuit made from a shiny and a matte stretch pleather.
-Cape made from matching black and gold pleather, with lead cape weights
-Gauntlets made with Worbla & foam, covered in the same gold pleather I made the gloves out of
-Boots used to be Thigh High boots, I altered them severely. A note about the high heels - yes I know they are not accurate. BUT I am so short and the costume is so padded out with the armor and pleathers that I need some help on the height front to pull off that look. [:)]
-Belt made from gold powdered urethane rubber
Costume made from scratch by Yaya Han
Armor designed by Yaya, made with guidance and help from Brian Boling.
Batgirl cowl kindly provided by the magical Reevzfx!!
Thoughts on this costume:
This is a super warm costume, but I feel so badass in it! It's definitely not one I can wear at every con, but I will take it to any event I can!