Why I chose to make this costume:
When I was asked to be a part of Marvel's Cosplay Covers project, I quickly started looking at alternatives to bodysuit-based superhero costumes since I knew the shoot would be taking place in June in Hotlanta, and also for variety's sake for the covers. Medusa wears regal, beautiful gowns sometimes and I thought it would look great with her big hair, so I combined elements from different illustrations and created my own interpretation of the character.
How I made this costume:
The dress had to be light and flowy, so I turned to dupioni silk. I made the dress with my overlock (serger) and sewing machines to ensure that all the edges and seams were nicely finished and lined it to the hip. The sleeves are fully lined.
As a juxtaposition to the airy gown, I made the cincher out of thick gold vinyl, like armor. There is a layer of headliner foam under the vinyl, which gave it crisp lines when I quilted the fabric. The cincher is steel boned and lined with coutil.
The headpiece, accent pieces and shin armor are made out of Worbla. The details are all separate Worbla pieces cut out, glued on, and shaped. I sealed the hard pieces with wood glue and dry brushed them with acrylic paints.
The wig is 2 wigs sewn together. I wanted the volume over the length. For cosplay, it is incredibly difficult to handle an ankle length wig, so I thought hip length but sky high would be sufficient.
Surprisingly, all these colors of red, purple and gold complement each other beautifully!
Thoughts on this costume:
It's a breezy and easy to pack + easy to wear costume, so I'm happy to have it as a part of my cosplay wardrobe now. It was a true honor to be a part of the Cosplay Covers project, and I'm so excited to see Marvel be so supportive of the cosplay community.