Forget everything you know about Catwoman in the 1950's! This design was completely original and was the brain child of Han Pan and Lucid as part of their 1950's Sirens Group. Drawing inspiration from that era, Han (Harley Quinn) and Lucid (Poison Ivy) designed and created three beautiful dresses that we debuted at this year's Wizard World Philly show. I drew inspiration for the hair, makeup and jewelery not only from Miss Kyle, but Elizabeth Taylor as well. The response from fans was overwhelming and we took home the second place prize in the costume contest. Harley, Ivy and Selina never looked this classy!
The Superfriends was one of my favorite cartoon shows growing up. My siblings and I watched it every Saturday morning. I was approached by my friend who runs ZQ Costumes about modeling one of his creations; a vintage Cheetah costume complete with a tail! Playing Wonder Woman's nemesis for a day was fun. The photo shoot took place at a local Arboretum and the attendees got quite a shock to see Cheetah climbing trees and posing for photos. Cheetah gallery.
Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? The story of Snow White is my favorite Grimm Fairy Tale for numerous reasons (See my article The Psychology of Snow White to find out why). The costume, which is made of velvet and satin, is in the tradition of the Disney film with slight modifications. When approaching this iconic character, I really wanted to make it my own and not just mirror her appearance in the Disney film. I took the greatest liberty with the hair, choosing a long, curly wig. The photo set is my favorite session I did in 2012. The shoot took place at a local art school which coincidentally, had an outdoor Snow White exhibit. The woods also made for the perfect backdrop and resulted in breath taking photography. Snow White gallery.
This year I discovered Danger Girl, the spy girl series brought to you by superstar artist J. Scott Campbell. I instantly fell in love with the catsuit wearing, whip wielding Aussie, Sydney Savage. She was funny, sexy, smart and an all around badass. This was one of those costumes where I used pieces from other cosplays. The catsuit, belt and boots are from my Catwoman costume. The whip was an Indiana Jones accessory and the wig is a lacefront that I purchased for the Dragoncon Celebrity Cosplay group (where I was Angelina Jolie). At this year's New York Comic Con show, Allycat and I had the opportunity to take photos with J. Scott Campbell while we were dressed as Sydney and Abbey Chase. The ultimate compliment is when the creator of the character you are portraying says that you look great!
"Cry of the Huntress", released in the early 1990's, was my first comic book featuring Helena Bertinelli. Unfortunately I had issue 4 of 6 of the mini series and was completely lost with the story line. Huntress however made an impression on me and I wanted to learn more about the character. I did so by reading more books that featured her and later watched her appearances on Justice League Unlimited. I was intrigued by Helena's family connections (and tragedy) with the mob and her no nonsense approach. She was willing to cross a line most heroes weren't and for that, she was an outcast. Love her or hate her there is no denying that Huntress is not one to be messed with. I debuted my Huntress costume made by Rage Costum Designs at this year's New York Comic Con. While walking around in Artist Alley, I was stopped by artist Joe Staton, who helped designed Huntress' original outfit. He requested to take a photo with me and said I portrayed the character wonderfully. Getting praise from creators is the highest honor you can receive.
Steampunk was something I always enjoyed and wanted to try. I finally dove in head first with a steampunk version of Alice in Wonderland. The idea was inspired by Candy Keane, who wore her version of Steampunk Alice at this year's DragonCon show. The dress, socks and waist cincher are from her online store Three Muses Clothing. I choose to remain traditional and selected a blonde wig from my collection. I added a top hat (from my Zatanna costume) and a pair of steampunk goggles. Gloves from my Tomb Raider cosplay and boots completed the look. I was thrilled with the results and the pictures that were taken of this costume. I really enjoyed doing a steampunk look and plan to do more variants in the future. Steampunk Alice gallery.