BEADS. SO MANY. I got the idea to make an elegant, Amano-inspired with my own elements Rosa after I started playing the DS remake, and realized the new CG version just did not do proper justice to the beauty of her original design. I started collecting fabrics, beads, and patterns 8 months prior to the finished product, and when I voiced wanting an extended deadline to better do all the little details, Yunie kindly joined in to be my beautiful (shrub) Rydia. I'm so proud of everything on these! You can almost fully expect I'll be adding more to her on my down time in anticipation for the next time these are worn. This is likely the most detailed costume I've ever done, and that's saying a lot considering Alexiel's wings are over 900 hand trimmed feathers, lol! There's so many freaking little bead work details on this that I couldn't begin to describe, when over 40 hours of beading were put into the corset, crown, and drapery. Much of the crown and front corset panels are Swarovski, Czech beads, and glass fire-polished Precioso, with loose Swarovski beads attached to each little flower on the cape (which never shows up, lol). The corset was made from an altered pattern with complimenting panels that took forever to find and match, with a gorgeous crème organza connecting from the back to lace-up wrist bands (also all beaded). The cups were lined with wire to keep the shape, the shirt self patterned and overlaid with sheer fabric, and decorated with freshwater pearls, glass beads, and fine Czech beads. The crown was the most fun to bead, as I found Swarovski beads in all types of colors at BOGO 1/2, meaning I could go crazy with the designs following the fabric embroidery; it's set on a wire headband that holds the shape and looks great, but hurts to wear after awhile. The panties were a pain to make, having to handsew to stop the fabric from puckering, and laying three layers of lace to get the right depth in design, since I found the perfect fabric to match Amano's art. My armor was a toughie, having to use polyunthane and craft foam for the knees (accented with "phoenix downs", lol, and lined in glass seed beads), and polyunthane, plaster, linen, and a silky satin for the shoulders. This made the plates more bendable, but that way I could accent the fabric with beads, and I always imagined white mages to be in leather armor rather than metal anyway. The wig was ordered from Cyperous by Ringo, but I assumed it would be a more yellow-blonde shade rather than honey hue. Though I probably have the darkest Rosa hair ever worn, it worked much better than I thought, especially with Badnewsbear's gorgeous makeup.
Photos 1-6, 52-60 by Usagichan.com, photos 8, 20-27, 51 by Darkain.com, photos 9-19 by Idolatry Studios, photos 28-39 by Chris Menges, photos 40-42 by Eurobeat King, photos 43-44 by Sleepy, photos 45-47 by Dawen Huang, photos 48-50, 90 by LJinto, photos 61-63, 76-89 by Judith Stephens, photos 64-73 by BlizzardTerrak, photo 74 by Joseph Lin, photo 75 by DBDarkroom.com, and photos 91-94 by Ali.
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