Count of Monte Cristo (Edmond Dantès)

Count of Monte Cristo (Edmond Dantès) of Gankutsuou | Count of Monte Crist

Category: Anime

Completed: 100%

Cost: $ US300?

Hours to Make: 40-60

First worn at: Ohayocon 2005, January 15

Inspiration: LOUSY PHOTOS! I really need better shots of this costume....

whoa.... from the first episode, I was hooked. "The Count of Monte Cristo -- in space -- with vampires." I mean, who had the nerve to pitch this in the first place?

If you've ever seen this, you know that this show is visually, well, stimulating. There are no solid colors and no still patterns -- every pattern is actually a layer or filter which shows through a mask as characters and backgrounds move. So the challenge is to create a costume which appears to move....

This is for a group cosplay of four/five. The Count, Albert and Maximilian are all listed in my profile; you can find Haydee listed in my imouto-chan's profile, AVA. Eugenie was played at ACEN 2005 by Mariko.

Favorite Aspect: Pointy ears. Fangs. A staff. All wonderful things which I just can't justify using in my daily life as an entrepreneur. (You can get away with that stuff in college, but not when you're self-employed and need to convince your clients that you're professional.)

The custom fangs were actually quite realistic -- I was amazed by the number of people who commented on them....

Least Favorite Aspect: Hair coloring and makeup tends to bleach out in photos. I look far better in person than as recorded.

Easiest Task: I'm still playing a character with enormous amounts of voluminous, flying hair. I just have to turn it blue. (Actually, this might be the hardest task, as my hair is super-porous and absorbs temporary hair color for months or years....)

I bought the hat.

Hardest Task: Working with super sheer fabrics and lots of glitter and tiny beads. Yeesh. Everything gleams, reflects or glistens. Iridescence! And those fabrics don't stitch or glue well at all without showing damage.

Flames. Delicate, sheer, stretchy, unforgiving flames. Don't even talk to me about the flames....



Judge's Choice at Ohayocon 2005