About the creation:
I fell in love with Zhaan Priest Vestments from
"Rhapsody in Blue" and so pleased to see them again in
"Look at the Princess". I started to make a copy of
them for a Halloween Costume to were to my office. (I really
didn't think that I would ever go all the way and make the
complete vestment and actually where it with makeup and all!!) But I
did! I wore "the Full Monty" to the Burbank Convention as
you see in the photos.
underdress is a plain turquoise polyester based on a simple V-neck
SYMBOLS:I felt the
symbols were critical to the design as they made the garment
"priest vestments"-not just a gown. So, I spent weeks
copying the beautiful gold "Delvian" symbols of the vestments
from Zhaans gown by watching my VHS tapes for hours on end,
frame-by-frame as the DVDs weren't out when I started.
GOWN: The Royal-Blue of
layer is made of heavy weight polyester satin in V-neck vest
w/the long strip of fabric with the designs layered on top via
"Stitch Witchery" and a fabulous polyester Liquid Gold
material. Unfortunately, it was very hard to find a gold fabric that
could be ironed, and every application of the gold on top of the satin
required ironing. Gluing was out of the question as it would not hold
up. But I found by trial and error that I could iron it if I placed it
wrong side up, then the Stitch Witchery, then the satin and then
paper-on a MEDIUM hot iron-for a short period of time. (If I needed a
touch up later, I could even iron on the front of the gold if I placed
a paper over it-never iron directly on the gold material
SHAWL: The shawl is made
from a cape pattern that I altered by hand to match the shape of the
garment from the show. The fabric is an Autumn design of leaves
with subtle gold tints, interfaced with 2 layers of heaviest
interfacing and lined with same fabric. Again I felt that the designs
on the shawl were very import to the design so I spent I great deal of
time trying to copy them exactly. I drew the symbols on the shawl by
hand with a fabric marker pencil. Then I hand-painted each symbol on
this shawl to attempt to mimic the look of the original. It is held
closed with a broach that is gold, has a moon and sun and just looks
good with the garment.
HAIR: I was not gonna go
for the skull cap as I really felt that I have too much hair to make
it work, so I went for the look of Zhaan nemesis in the Look at the
Princess who has a full head of white hair. I sprayed it with I white
hair paint, that looked gray with my naturally dark brown hair. Oh
MAKEUP: the makeup was
quite an experience! I bought it at a professional makeup shop. I
started painting my face (and much later my hands) completely royal
blue. Then I gradually added layer, after layer of white, highlighting
and shading sometimes with the blue again, until I felt that I had the
proper "look" that Zhaan was able to achieve. I the
nailpolish-type brush (that came in the bottle of white paint) to
paint on the "spots" on the cheekbones, nose and forehead.
Then I used a very thin eyeliner brush and drew in the
"veining" on the side of the face, the throat, neck and
collarbones. I lately used an iridescent glitter all over the
face, neck, throat, etc which you can't really see in the photo. I
then scrubbed my hands and arms with the blue paint, put on multiple
silver rings, and hurried to the convention before it all wore off.
I loved making and
wearing this costume as it was a real labor of love. But even better
was seeing the reaction of the actors when they saw ME wearing it!!
Virginia saw me in the full costume-without the makeup--at the San
Diego Comic Con and I was THRILLED that she said I had captured the
design perfectly including doing the symbols exactly! Then when I saw
Claudia at Burbank in Full Costume and makeup she said that it was
"marvelous" and that I had done a "wonderful job".
Ben just was speechless, then asked me questions about making it.
*happy dance* What more could I ask?