time completed: End of May 2011
hours spent: 35
worn at: Fanime 2011, A-kon 2011, Labyrinth of Jareth 2011
Why I chose to make this costume:
New costume debut! The theme is my original design of the Absinthe Fairy - and it's been on my to make list since 2004.
I got a hold of some Absinthe from the Czech Republic back in 2004 and have really enjoyed this delicate yet powerful green drink since. The myth is that when one drinks enough Absinthe, not only will one be intoxicated, but hallucinations can occur as well - hence "chasing the green fairy". If ever a fairy was thought up to be enticing and playfully seductive, it's the Green Fairy and I really wanted to explore this theme. I love the Absinthe Fairy as a (fairly modern) mythological creature, desired and chased by those Bohemian Revolutionaries.
How I made this costume:
The outfit was made from 90% of materials and supplies I had at home already - after all, I've been collecting materials since 2004 lol. All the jewels and beads are glass, I picked them up on a China trip a while ago. I made all the patterns for this costume and spent 3 days on creating the whole thing, only because I didn't have any more time allotted for personal costume making that month. Hence the outfit is a bit rushed and there are some things I'd like to change/add on for the future.
As for the construction - the wings were sized to fit inside a suitcase and I'm kinda glad they are small enough so I can maneuver easily at a busy convention environment. They are fabric over a wire frame, and embellished with sequins, crystals, glass beads and scattered LEDs that light up a nice Absinthe green. In these shots the lights blend in but I hope to post some darker shots soon where they show up better.
There are also LEDs in the cage for the skirt, and fiberoptic lights in my hairpiece.
The underbust corset/bra are made of layered fabrics that I textured with various stitching techniques and they are also beaded and embellished with feathers.
The collar piece and wristlets, and shoes all match as well with similar adornments.
The skirts are made of many layers of fabric pieces that I did a rolled hem on. My serger was getting super hot by the last piece lol.
Thoughts on this costume:
It's a surprisingly comfortable outfit that is suitable for summer cons so I've been having fun wearing it. Definitely have major themed photoshoot plans in the future, so watch out for more pic updates!
Photos by Paul Tien