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Sora - Rising Star by ClamWings Sora - Rising Star by ClamWings
Sora Naegino: :iconclamwings:
Costume and styling by myself
Make up by ~warui-chan
Photo credit: :iconneilcreek: @ [link]
Location: Royal Melbourne Showgrounds, Melbourne.
Won First Place in Madman National Cosplay Competition - Melbourne Round.

With the dates and contestents for Madman Nationals all sorted and fixed now, it's probably about time I put up a shot of my costume from prelims! D8 So here it is! What I was on about whenever I 'joked' about cosplaying Sora! I've always had a really intense love of circuses, and ever since discovereing Kuroshitsuji's circus arc, I've been on the hunt for other circus-based animangas, and that's where I found Kaleido Star and instantly fell in love with it. The rest is pretty much history!

Before going on a costume rant, I just want to give a big shout out and thank-you to the MelbNova crowd. I've often had a really bad case of stage fright when on stage by myself. But since seeing Lady Gaga in concert, I'd like to hope I've learnt a bit about performance, and am hopefully improving?

The 'variation' of this costume isn't exactly a true one, as much as a splicing of two very similar costumes. I had originally really wanted to do this version, but the downside was that it gave an incredibly limited view of the costume - and I tend to freak out about accuracy when I can't see what's going on. D8 So I called in the assistence of this version as it had incredibly similar design elements, and offered details for the other side, as well as the legs, of the costume. However, it also had wings which the first costume didn't. Though these later helped as stage dressing and a prop for my skit. Not to mention that after having made 3-4-ish pairs of wings for past costumes, I'd never made feathered wings before, so it was something really new and different to try!

The wings are based upon a wadded wire frame that was built up with extra wadding where extra thickness was needed, and then covered with white turkey flats. I really enjoyed the making and piecing together of the wings. It wasn't nearly as difficult as I thought it would be, and was even strangely therapeutic! XD They were then finished with tufted bunches of dyed ostritch plumes and gold and white interfaced detailing as per the reference.

The main body suit is made up of three layers, and the main base was (luckily) mostly finished in between making three costumes for Japan and one for Mini!SydMania just a few weeks before the prelims. It was some hard core costuming! When back from Japan, it was straight into getting all of the details onto the suit. I experimented with a few methods, and of course the most time consuming one was the most effective option. After mapping out the shapes, patterns and locations of all of the gold detailing, I had to trace it off of the body suit, cut out corresponding pieces out of a gold sparkle dance fabric, hand sew down one side, stuff the shape, pin down the other side and hand sew it down. I never want to spend so much time hand sewing a costume ever again! D8 All up, it took 60+ hours. Also, all the gems on the costume were hand painted, and the smaller ones were attatched with sequins and seed beads for a bit of extra sparkle. The gems at the neck were probably the easiest, with just being cast out of tinted epoxy resin, and backed in foil so they reflected light.

Lastly, the wig was dyed using FW Ink...which I will never do the day before the con ever again. The first dye lot was far too weak and looked like a My Little Pony that'd been left in the rain. Cue mad dashes to craft stores before they close! But I'm very happy with how everything turned out in the end, and even happier to be representing Melbourne in Madman Nationals again.

Sora Naegino is from Kaleido Star which was created by Junichi Sato.
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:iconxanimeheartx:
xAnimeHeartx Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it so beautiful 
<3 Nawwwwww Kawaiiii 
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:iconmywanderingmind:
MyWanderingMind Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
OH MY GOD this is BEAUTIFUL
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:iconrhythmatmosphere:
RhythmAtmosphere Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I love this cosplay a lot! You did a great job on the costume, and you look beautiful as Sora.
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What a fantastic idea - loved the raised detailing!
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:iconceraceratopian:
ceraceratopian Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
LOVE the puffiness of the gold detailing. All that handsewing was worth it!
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:iconconquest79:
conquest79 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
that is a very nice cosplay of Sora.I haven't seen many cosplays of her.
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:iconzololuveru23:
zololuveru23 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
I love it!!
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:iconanuvet:
Anuvet Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
very cute ;)
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:iconmishiromirage:
MishiroMirage Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
omg, perfect *-* I love kaleido star S2
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catscratch10101 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
yaaayyy I love Kaleido star, you dont see many cosplayers for it too so this makes me really glad, GREAT JOB!! :iconlachoirplz:
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:iconkarafactory:
Karafactory Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Nice !
I really love Kaleido Star ^^
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:iconkichirain:
KichiRain Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Gorgeus work! The effort definitely paid of since you look amazing ~
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:icondedekisschan:
dedeKISSchan Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
very nice :)
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:iconkeiko-z:
keiko-z Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Student Artist
congrats for winning!
do you have a video where i can see the performance?
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:iconclamwings:
ClamWings Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Thank-you! The performance that went with this costume actually isn't one of my favourites at all, and I haven't actively gone looking for a video, so I wouldn't know if there's one out there. n___n;
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:iconechoing-artemis:
echoing-artemis Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
Gorgeous.

Miss you, hun! You'll be at Melbourne Supanova, right? I'm coming to town! XD
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:iconchihana:
Chihana Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That Cosplay is great.. It must be really hard to make a good-looking cosplay of it.. :)
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:iconclamwings:
ClamWings Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Thanks! It was a bit tricky, but I think everything paid off in the end! =)
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:icondandelionswish:
Dandelionswish Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
omg i love love love the versions you spliced. everything looks amazing!!!!!
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:iconalluring-angel:
Alluring-Angel Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cute :)
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:iconsugarberry63:
SugarBerry63 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Student Filmographer
OMG! you look beautiful!
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:iconcloudfanboy:
cloudfanboy Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
wow shes very pretty
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:iconfayned50:
fayned50 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
she is ssooooo pretty and very cute outfit...faved XD
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:iconfayned50:
fayned50 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
she is stunnin :0
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:iconkickgirl52:
Kickgirl52 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
wow! fantastic!
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:iconjessicaushiromiyasan:
awsome +-+
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:iconmagicyuu:
MagicYuu Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love you for doing this cosplay!!
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:iconclamwings:
ClamWings Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
I love you for knowing this cosplay!
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:iconmagicyuu:
MagicYuu Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
its imposible not know about kaleido star!!!
i love the anime, and you really looks like sora :)

i was in love with rosetta and her outfits
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:iconchar-min:
char-min Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
beautiful!!!! ;A;
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neilcreek Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
Shooting one of my favourite cosplayers, as my favourite character, in front of an amazing sunset was truly a dream come true! It was so great to see you make such a wonderful, beautiful Sora, and an honor to shoot with you! I hope we can do it again, and take our time to do a really theatrical shoot of Sora!

Well done, and congrats on your win :D
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Ita06 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
oh. MY. gawd. spectacular job! I don't think I've ever seen a Kaleido Star cosplay done this well! *w* I absolutely love this cosplay! well done!
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:iconclamwings:
ClamWings Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
Aaw, yay! More series appreciation - thanks so much! <3
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:iconita06:
Ita06 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
You're welcome! <3 :heart: <3
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:iconrilasha:
Rilasha Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hawt. 8D
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:iconcielroses:
cielroses Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
If you're Sora..where are your Keyblades??? Omfg!!!1111 *shot*

<33333333
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:iconclamwings:
ClamWings Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
....they're in my Aqua-ocean? 8D;;;
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:iconcielroses:
cielroses Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
*VENTUS SMACK*
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:iconclamwings:
ClamWings Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
*AQUA POWER-OF-FRIENDSHIP*
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:iconelicoronel16:
elicoronel16 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconkissmeeplz: This artwork has been featured in the newest issue of The Art in Fan Art :love:
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:iconstarsofcassiopeia:
StarsOfCASSiOPEiA Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Student General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous detailing, and those wings! @.@ Sounds like a beautiful series, I shall have to look into it. :)
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:iconclamwings:
ClamWings Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
Please do! I'd love to be able to share this series with other people, it definitely needs more attention!
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:iconstarsofcassiopeia:
StarsOfCASSiOPEiA Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Student General Artist
*nodnod* Of course!
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:iconemiko-sakura:
Emiko-Sakura Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
*cries* why are you always so hot my dear!!!!!!!! Teach me your secrettttttttt XD
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:iconclamwings:
ClamWings Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
Good photographers and good make up! I swear, that's all it is! XD
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:iconmalik-bakura:
malik-bakura Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
wow! so pretty~~ i'm loving the wings! :D
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:iconclamwings:
ClamWings Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
Yay! So much love for the wings! <3
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:iconshi-tenshi:
shi-tenshi Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
nice photo, but I'm really glad that you have gotten inspiration and confidence in performing.
I know I got a LOT from the Gaga concert too xox

And as always, brilliant work :)
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:iconclamwings:
ClamWings Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
Agh, ME TOO. Hopefully it carries through to Madman, but what I think helped so much is being in such a great community and performing to such a lovely crowd. It sounds really wanky, but to whoever wants to watch me perform, I just want to make it worth their while and give back what I can?

<3
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LilacIncrement Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Student Artist
I wish to pick off all the pretty bits (including feathers) and glue them to your face so that you can't see where you're going and then the bit with the rape will be easier.

Now that i've written it, I feel bad, but congratz on the win+you're beautiful etc~~~~!!!
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