kshandra: Anthony Ainley from the Classic Doctor Who serial "Survival." Text: "Why, yes, I AM plotting your demise." (Ainley - Demise)
As those of you who follow us on the Book of Face already know, [personal profile] gridlore and I went and saw Iron Maiden at the Oakland Coliseum Arena Wednesday night (yes, Oracle, I know, I'm a purist). Opening for them was Ghost, a doom-metal band out of Sweden.

I fell in love with their theatricality almost immediately.

Ghost

Somewhere in the midst of all of this I got it into my head to cosplay their frontman, Papa Emeritus* - or rather, to cosplay as Mama Emeritus, as I'm never going to be able to hide my chest, no matter how shapeless a costume you put me into. I found some amazing reference photos from an eBay listing (including a photo of the costume maker with the band, showing just how good the recreation was). I even found an EtsyStudio listing for a brocade in the same pattern as Papa's chasuble, only worked in black-and-purple instead of black-on-black to make it a little more me. I'm also planning to add bright purple lipstick to the facepaint to highlight the feminine aspect.

What the fuck sort of monster have I become?!

* Officially, the band remain anonymous, though a recent lawsuit has pierced that veil.
kshandra: Composite image of a sprig of white jasmine and the word Jasmine on a golden background (Jasmine House)
So the new sari I ordered on Monday arrived today.

OMG YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS THING. )
kshandra: White text on a blue button: "Better watch now, because things could go wrong in a hurry." (Keith - Better Watch Now)
It had started out as such a promising day, too - the top I ordered and the sari pleater both arrived at work, and I was excited to play with them all when I got home.

And then I pulled my sari out of the costuming box when I got home today...and it needs to be at least a yard longer if I'm going to have a hope in hell of actually pleating it properly.

So now I have to try and match that material, on top of making/buying a petticoat to go underneath it. I appear to have found a longer sari in a similar color palette on Amazon, so I'm back to just needing the petticoat. But damnit, this was more money than I was hoping to spend on this...
kshandra: Composite image of a sprig of white jasmine and the word Jasmine on a golden background (Jasmine House)
So I've got this dark-red saree with silver sequins.

Who's going to help me put together an Avasarala costume for Baycon? (Amusingly, Baycon ten years ago was the last time I wore said saree, for a friend's Firefly-themed room party.)

In my dreams, I'd basically be wearing this outfit with the color scheme reversed. My hair is long enough for the braid to look right (it'd be great if I knew someone who could hook me up with the coronet, instead, but I'm not holding my breath). If I can figure out WTF is wrong with my sewing machine this time, I can make a black petticoat to go under the saree. I need a snug-fitting black top, 3/4 or bracelet-length sleeves (the one black blouse I currently own isn't the right style by a long shot). And then I need ALL the jewelry.

Any takers?

EDIT: This top will do nicely if I can find the money to order it in enough time, and [personal profile] feyandstrange has noted that I can probably find wedding jewelry for cheap in Berkeley if I can get up there.
kshandra: Text: "I should perhaps be disturbed by the MASSIVE NEED I have for approval of strangers on the Internet." (Pumpkin Pride)
The good news is I have a doctor's appointment scheduled to get back on my anti-depressants.

The bad news is the only thing available was a week from tomorrow at 12 noon.

This would be bad enough on its own - but, of course, a week from tomorrow is Halloween. So either I show up at work with no costume and have No Fun At All for the four hours I'm there, or I try and have a serious conversation about my mental health wearing a black brocade corset and vampire fangs.*

And so help me, I did NOT front-load the music - Radio IO just has a finely-tuned sense of irony.

*Costume still subject to change, not least because I don't know that anyone here will be able to lace me in properly, and I'm REALLY not hyped on the idea of Doug trying to do it at 0600 before I drop him off at work.

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