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Madame de Pompadour, Le Chevalier d'Eon, 2008

This costume, while in production, was nicknamed "The Great Pumpkin." I don't think I have to explain why.

The design for this one just about killed me. It was made for a group presentation, and when I started on it, I'd already made Lia's blue gown from the same anime-- and I figured since I have experience making historical costumes, this one should be a breeze, RIGHT? OH HA HA HA. As it turns out, this design grafts the front of one historical type of gown onto the back of another, puts color blocks where no color blocks should go, incorporates skirts that are not skirts, and generally came very close to reducing me to tears on more than one occasion. Apparently I chose to forget that I made major alterations to Lia's gown to make that one historically accurate-ish. BUT IT IS DONE.

It's made of a bizarre combination of my favorite standby, silk taffeta, and polyester satin. Though I was grateful for that when I decided to wear it out to a masquerade party with my friend Rosiel on New Year's Eve and it got alcohol and who knows what all over the hems of the skirts, and I was able to chuck them in the washing machine and call it a day.

The group for which this gown was made won Best Overall Craftsmanship, Katsucon 2008.

As always, studio photographs courtesy of and copyright to Aurora Vanderbosch, Grace Notes Photography. Katsucon photos courtesy of Eurobeat King, American Cosplay Paradise, and orobouros.net.

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