Tag: historical

Terra Cotta Warrior

Our first terra cotta infantryman was commissioned by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for the National Geographic Treasures of the Earth exhibit, a permanent wing which includes replicas and interactive displays of the terra cotta warriors from Xi’an, China. Alena wore the costume for the members’ preview and the Grand Opening of the exhibit.  The suit is made of silicone rubber and…

Kitsune-Tsuki

Kitsune-Tsuki

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Rurouni Kenshin

From the Tsuiokuhen OVAs and manga.

Kenshin (in his Hitokiri Battousai days) and Yukishiro Tomoe are made with great attention to historical and source accuracy, from historically appropriate fabrics even to historically-correct loom widths and authentically woven zouri (sandals). Hiko Seijuro’s costume is a bit more fancifully fun, with enormous shoulders and a fake physique.

Also here is Diane Woodring as Enishi, Tomoe’s cute psychopathic younger brother and future arch-nemesis.

Awards:

Colossal Con 2011, Best In Show

Skits:

Master Knows Best (Colossal Con 2011)

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.