time completed: End of May 2004
hours spent: 6 for the outfit, countless for the ball
worn at: 4 x Aveda Frederics Tour: Van Michael Show, Anime Expo 2004
Why I chose to make this costume:
The Van Michael Salon hired me to be GoGo Yubari for their annual Hair Show for a "Kill Bill" themed Performance and I would be in charge of getting together the costume and training with the mace ball. Van Michael would take care of me and my hair (cut, color and style) during the weekend of the show which was a part of the annual Aveda Frederics Tour in Cincinnati, Ohio. I ended up touring with them for four shows total.
How I made this costume:
I altered a skirt to fit me, and bought a navy colored Blazer with pockets that was over 5 sizes too large but had potential to look right. I took in the Blazer and shortened it to fit, installed the gold buttons, and made a bow with my own pattern. The patch was embroidered by Meg Hanson, the same design as in the Movie but showing the Van Michael symbol instead of GoGo's school initials. I already owned the socks and shirt, and our Creative Director, Baker, bought pink shoes specific for the stage show. For my next con I will of course have the white Nike sneakers.
Now as to the mace - Bountyhardware.com created a custom ball on chains that could be swung on stage without safety issues. It's just heavy enough to have momentum, but the spikes are soft to the touch. For more pictures of the GoGo mace, please click here.
My thoughts on this costume:
It was an unforgettable Show and I am so proud and honored to have been a part of it. I saw Kill Bill on it's Opening night and loved it, and to receive the opportunity to "re-live" the story as GoGo who was my favorite character anyway was just incredible. Baker had a wonderful vision and he put a great amount of effort into the music, costume and set design and choreography. He also made the huge wig for O-ren's character at the end. Vesperi by Melissa Coffey created the yellow tracksuit and white flowing gown.
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