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Brian Boling and Kyle Johnson
Why I chose to make this costume:

I have been familiar with the story and art of X1999 since early teens and had the chance to participate in a skit with my friend Nadine as Hinoto’s sister Kanoe.

How I made this costume:

I had two weeks to make this costume so I made some rational quick decisions. Inspired by the illustration of her Tarot Card, I created a universal Hinoto outfit for the stage. My friend Cat helped me lay out the 22 yards of material and serge the main seams together (literally a two-person job). I made two layers for the kimono as well as the obi, elaborate sleeves, the 8 hand-painted sashes, jewelry, and custom wig. I applied the makeup using a small mirror on site.

Thoughts on this costume:

Aside from the risk of being stepped on constantly, needing help to lay out the kimono, and having to iron over 22 yards of fabric every time I wear this costume, I absolutely love it.

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