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These aren’t all the costumes we’ve done — we’d run out of space pretty quickly if we posted everything! — but they’re some of our favorites. Costumes are sorted by series, then variant, then character.  Click on the series title to visit the full gallery, or click on individual costumes for details.

The Mysterious Cities of Gold

Now seriously, who could resist this? A photoshoot on actual Mayan ruins?! So we made quick and dirty (very dirty!) costumes in a hotel room (thank God for Heat-n-Bond and hotel irons!) and asked the fabulous Elemental to make them look as un-horrific as possible in the setting. But man, these costumes are awful. 🙂

If you aren’t familiar with The Mysterious Cities of Gold, well, you missed out on a great piece of childhood. Just sayin’.

Saiunkoku Monogatari

This was one of the most technically exquisite sets we’ve ever done — Seiran and Ryuuki are full of detail. Based on an ancient Chinese fantasy, these costumes variously demanded imperial majesty, beautiful regalia, and rough-and-ready practicality. Alena has said our Emperor Ryuuki is one of the best pieces we’ve ever produced.

Initially, our goal was to make everything as historically accurate as possible. We researched Chinese and Japanese clothing, watched period films, visited museums, and dug up historic clothing pattern books to try to make things as “correct” as they could be. Unfortunately, as we learned, the series itself combines several hundred years’ clothing styles, and some elements of the series’ fantasy clothing don’t fit ANY period of history. Since the artists who designed the costumes broke the rules, we had to follow suit to make our costumes match the reference images.

Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE – Valeria

SPOILER WARNING! ^_^ This set of costumes from the Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE manga features young Fay (Laura), young Yuui (Alena) and King Ashura (Mark) from the flashback sequences set in Valeria.  Since Valeria is a land of ice, we had great fun doing an appropriately wintery photoshoot with these costumes!

These costumes actually took an amazing amount of time.  The applique on Ashura’s large cloak, for example, took about 5 hours to pattern, 4.5 hours to cut, 2 hours to gradient dye by hand, and about 15 hours to applique to the base cloak.  For behind-the-scenes photos of the process, go to our Facebook album.

Detective Conan

For being such a famous and successful series (the anime is celebrating its 15th year), Detective Conan is woefully underrepresented in the cosplay department!  …So says Alena, who is a big fan of the small detective.  With a little arm-twisting, she managed to convince the rest of the group to join her in Conan cosplay.


Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE is a mashup of most of CLAMP’s previous work, as the protagonists leap through a series of worlds and meet characters from fan-favorite universes.  While at first it may appear to be just an excuse for CLAMP to trot out their previous successes, be warned that there is serious plot coming.

These costumes were based on artbook images. CLAMP loves to torture costumers.


  • Best Masters Craftsmanship, Youmacon 2009


Slayers (& Slayers Vegas)

Based on a series of novels, the Slayers anime first aired in 1993.  We took our character designs from the newest in the series, Slayers Revolution (2008) and Evolution-R (2009).

These costumes were tough!  They have tons of detail which isn’t visible to the casual glance — each character has embroidery appropriate to character themes, for example.  Gourry’s Sword of Light really lights through an etched blade, and Zelgadiss’ sword glows red with its enhancing spell.  Lina’s power amulets all light as well.  These were very challenging and much fun!


  • Best Masters, Ohayocon 2009
  • Second Place Professional Division, Gen Con 2009

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