Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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Coco2019: Our Lore Olympus Cosplay

Back again with more sharing from Costume College 2019!

Each year there is a pool party on Thursday night to kick off the Costume College weekend. The theme for the pool party this year was "Garments of the Galaxy," which could mean any number of things, and opened up of creative opportunities. There were Star Wars and Star Trek characters, nebulous vintage dresses, Dr. Who and Marvel outfits, and so much more.

Somewhat on a whim, the AD crew decided to go as characters from a favorite webtoon called "Lore Olympus." (This was Nicole's fault; she was going to low-key go as Hecate and not tell anybody, but she let it slip at dinner one night, and it was all downhill from there).

We did a makeup test a week before we left for Coco. It got weird...
Lore Olympus, by Rachel Smythe, is a creative and beautifully illustrated re-telling and re-interpretation of the myth of Persephone and Hades, along with many more of the Greek gods and goddesses and parts of their stories. The characters are dressed in modern clothing but each have bold, colorful complexions, making parts of this cosplay very easy and other parts much more challenging.

Chrissy working on her Persephone makeup before the pool party at Coco - it legit took us longer to get into this cosplay than ANY of our historical outfits.
The clothing was easy to find, much of it from our own closets. The makeup was on the complex side (well, for those of us uninitiated into the magical world of theatrical maquillage). We used Mehron Makeup Paradise AQ Face & Body Paint cake makeup in about three different shades for each color, to do the base, shadows, and highlights.

Ready to go!
Additionally, pretty heavy eye and brow makeup, various glittery products for cheekbones, and strong lip colors completed the transformations. For limbs, Abby and Chrissy wore opaque colored tights and applied the Mehron makeup to their arms. Abby went a little further and dusted herself with gold glitter, which promptly covered everything she touched, her entire dress, and began somehow multiplying in her palms.

Chrissy as Persephone, rocking her own short, curly, pink hair. The dress was a cheapy bought online, the cape made for the occasion.
Chrissy and Nicole wore their own hair (yes, Chrissy's hair is pink!), but Abby and I went the wig route. My go-to place for cosplay wigs is Arda Wigs, which offers a ton of colors. They're very easy to dye and style, too.

Abby rocked it as Hera in a a caped dress, golden wig, and tons of glitter.
For Hades I didn't have much choice (almost everything on the Arda website was sold out - con season, yo), so I didn't get the skin-top mostly-there white wig I was hoping for, but I made it work with a Kyle Classic in pure white. I have minimal experience in restyling wigs, but Arda has a ton of helpful tutorials on their Youtube channel, and I've done a smidge of this-and-that over the years with dyeing and re-shaping synthetic hair. Hades' hair is a tricky style for a full-coverage, hard-front wig - really short in back and up off the forehead in front - so I ended up with kindof a feminized version, which worked just fine short of dyeing and cutting my own hair. I mixed blue-grey acrylic paint into rubbing alcohol and brush it on with a toothbrush, to dye the white hair and give the wig some dimension. Then I cut it (experience cutting a dude's hairstyle: 0) and shaped it by clipping sections into place and hitting them with the garment steamer, which works like *magic*!

Upper left and center is the Kyle wig right out of the package, and lower left, center, and the rightmost is where it ended up with dyeing, cutting, and steaming.
Short of going on and on and on about how much fun we had and how awesome it felt to be blue all night, here's a short little video of how this all came together:

Here are some more photos. Why the heck not:
Hera and Persephone a bit at odds, perhaps.

Hecate and Hades - really hard to hold a straight face when you're blue.

Hades and Persephone - okay, so none of the angst of the comic characters, but c'mon...this was too fun!
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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

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Costume College 2019

American Duchess crew in 18th century attire - Friday night at Costume College 2019
Another year, another fabulous Costume College!

If you're unfamiliar with Costume College, it's a 5-day costuming convention in Woodland Hills, California, at the end of July each year. During the day there are all sorts of classes for historical dress and cosplay, and in the evenings there are social events. There's also a marketplace, costume display, and meetups. You can learn more about Costume College here.

This year the crew - Abby, Nicole, Chrissy, and myself - did a few group costumes. At the Thursday night pool party we all dressed as characters from the webtoon Lore Olympus (read it. do it now.), which involved a lot of body paint, wigs, and general chicanery.

Our group "Lore Olympus" cosplay - Chrissy as Persephone, Lauren as Hades, Abby as Hera, and Nicole as Hecate
On Friday, after classes, we all dressed in late 18th century attire (are these our everyday clothes now?) and did a book signing for "The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Beauty."

The #ADBeauty book sold out at the book signing on Friday night at Costume College! Whoo!
Saturday was GALA! The Time Traveler's Gala is always the high point of Costume College, everyone's chance to wear their best and boldest outfit of the year. Chrissy, Abby, and I represented the #GigotGirlGang in our utterly silly 1830s, and Nicole was resplendent in 1920s velvet and silk.

Lauren, Chrissy, and Abby rockin' the early 1830s at the gala on Saturday night.

Nicole slays in 1920s velvet and satin at the Costume College Gala, 2019
By Sunday we were all a bit fried (to be expected after a night of sleeve puffs, scooters, and shenanigans), and we had a nice low-key business lady's class, a few naps, and a final hurrah at the Trunk Show.

Abby, Lauren, and Cynthia of Redthreaded answering question at the costume business lady's panel on Sunday at Costume College.
All in all it was an epic event, as it is every year. We got a chance to see friends from all over and meet lots of new ones, and we're already looking forward to next year. I have some posts to do on our specific outfits coming up, but for now we hope you enjoy this short behind-the-scenes look at Costume College 2019. <3
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