About The Golden Kirin Cosplay
|Character||The Golden Kirin|
|Series||Petshop of Horrors|
Second Place Cosplay Contest - NYC Cosplay Picnic 2012
Best of Craftsman, Saturday Hall Cosplay Contest - Otakon 2012
Best of Masters, Masquerade - Youmacon 2012
|Time to Make||~1 Year|
|WIP Photos||WIP on Tumblr|
|Status||Retired. In Possession of East Coast Cosplay Gallery|
Why this costume?
Back in the day, and... still today, I absolutely love the manga Petshop of Horrors. It was such a unique storyline which had incredible character designs and such wonderful lore. I simply loved how the story played out. During that time I was also looking to do a fairly difficult costume. The Golden Kirin was one of my favorite characters, and it had an interesting design, so I chose that.
This was my first very very very difficult costume. First time making major prop work, second time ever working with resin, first time doing satin-stitching (oh the satin stitching. I don't know how many flowers are on that thing.) It was also my first time going to the garment district in NYC with friends, and I got to pick up so many unique fabrics to build this costume. The most difficult part was figuring out how the design of this worked. I could not find the episodes online, or the VHS, and I had very small references for the colors as the manga was only in black and white.
Fun fact: I was, like any cosplayer does, sewing this up until the last minute before leaving for Otakon in my parent's basement. Still doing satin stitching (DID I MENTION THE FLOWERS?) I was exhausted before we got to the con, but completely hype about wearing it. It was an absolute hit regardless of if people could identify it. I always felt so elegant and powerful in that costume as well.