Your Fantasy Costume Articles
Above: Autumn oak-leaf fairy crown and third-eye jewellery made by Atlantic Fae
Atlantic Fae is a store based in UK and also the nickname of the fairy and fantasy lover crafter, performer and alternative model that runs it. Her motto is simple: Every woman is a Goddess and every Goddess deserve a crown
Besides the crowns and headpieces listed she can also make custom-made pieces at your request and there are a few examples of her work in the website as well.
The store which features a lovely collection of fairy crowns, headpieces, tiaras, jewellery, hair clip in strands and fascinators. If you feel like a fairy, a goddess, or an "elemental" you will find all the accessories you need as final touch to complete your fae garments and be the fairy princess of the ball. The collection has a marked "seasons/elements" inspiration and you will find wintry white headpieces (also suitable as bridal crowns) and also some shells and accessories specifically fitting for mermaid cosplays. I particularly loved the clip ins, easy and really lovely combination of colors to make it look like seaweed flowing down your hair (picture below)
Princess Merida is the Disney/Pixar free spirited lead female chracter from the movie "Brave" (2012) set in the XII century at the Scottish High lands. With fire red messy curls and glittering blue eyes. In this article we´ll give you some tips to cosplay Merida, who far from being a "damsel in distress" is a tomboyish, BRAVE natural beauty.
So here some ideas if you want to cosplay this endearing character :)
To start with herre's an example of a cosplayer doing Merida´s in the right way. You can check her tumblr . Her name is Angela and she's really clever when making her own dresses and cosplays but she turned out to be really an almost flawless Merida. You can even read some step-by-step advice and tutorial with some clear hints for the gown pattern of how she made her dress to achieve it.
In fxguide there's an article about the movie that can also provide ideas about the making of the XII century style costume http://www.fxguide.com/featured/brave-new-hair/
Use some subtle make up, It's all about natural look, though you may use foundation to conceal the blemishes of your skin and appear more flawless. If you have a darker skin tone use a foundation slightly lighter than your natural tone, you want to look like a natural red head. Add some freckles (if you don´t have) and pink blush over your cheeks and nose. Use a natural pink lipstick and maybe smudge it a tiny bit to use the lipstick as "stain" and a bit more "natural looking". If in need use some matching lip-liner to make it look less messy. For the eyes, keep make up really simple, use some brown eyeshadow as eyeliner to define them but do not overdo. Stay natural. If you don't have blue eyes you can get some colour fx lenses (circle lenses even better because they will make your eyes to look bigger and more cartoonish). For this purpose you can check for example shops like Kiwiberry contact lenses collection (which are cheap and will do for this case). One advice, don't forget the eyebrows, if yours are light, fill them in with a little bit of led. If you happen to have dark eyebrows conceal them first with make up and then apply some filling with red/bronze eyeshadow or pencil.
Here is a video (It is spoken in italian but as it's almost at real time I found it useful and clear enough and didn't need captions to understand it). So, to summarize
Below: handmade custom gown and chemise inspired in Disney´s Merida´s princess gown made by "The Modest Maiden
Above: One of the many gowns inspired in Merida´s dress that you can find available in ebay. This one belongs to the seller "designevent" but there are plenty of cosplay resources and also wigs fit for the character.
In ebay you will find plenty of wigs if you look for Merida´s wigs. There are a wide variety of prices but beware there are also some shops that uses pictures of wigs that are not the actual item that is sold. Check the most popular ones and as I always recommend with ebay products check each individual store feedback rating. Still there are plenty available at affordable price. You don't want a shiny artificial looking orange but a more matte and natural red haired model.
Above: Still I'm going to make a recommendation for Merida´s wig I found more or less realistic, it is affordable (35 $) sold by Wincosplay store in etsy, and I find it very natural looking. I also find it fitting for those of you who want to portray princess Sorsha from the also fantasy genre movie Willow.
For the Archery set you can also try etsy, there are several sets available in the market, in fact there is an already made dress for children and an archery set available at the official Disney Store. And you can find some already made archery sets in ebay like this one
But if you want a more "realistic" archery set you can try an historical shop like the Larp bows you can find in Medieval collectibles
Or you can surf in etsy to find different crafters options, I highlight this example made by Enchanted Crystal Rose, a store that seems to specialize in replicas of Disney movies characters.
So that's all for now, as always we´re open for suggestions and we´ll keep on updating the article so feel free to "bookmark" it. If you have cosplayed Merida, we´ll also be happy to add your pics to the gallery and welcome your own recommendations.
Girls! Have fun! and be Brave!
Above: Gorgeous headpiece (and despite size very light) made of hand-dried leaves entwined over faux vines.
Posh Fairytale Couture is a store that specialized in massive, stunning headpieces, great for show-girls, Burlesque, Mardi Grass, fantasy conventions and even Drag Queens. They are made by artist, designer and crafter Rachel Sigmon. Though pieces are obvious custom-made and one of a kind items you can sometimes order a similar one in their etsy store. I wish I was wealthy enough to commission a few, but given the size and amount of materials used in each of them ranging from feathers to free horns, I think the price though it might be considered a bit elevated at first sight is more than fair. These are striking and unique items that calls for placement in alternative shows and high couture. And thus I've simpled picked a few examples of a collection that never fails to amaze.
Below: cyber-futuristic tribal headpiece in stunning silver-metal color
As they're custom made, except for some times ready to ship, custom orders take a while to be made. Though massive they're meant to be comfortable, and safe to wear.
All items and shipped from Germany.
You can network by liking their website in Facebook
And in Twitter
Above: Antler horns available at Pendulous Threads
Pendulous threads is a store based in UK that specialized in custom made bags made to your specification, with a very artistic freedom and options to choose, if you have a geek soul and a fondness for alternative clothing you will love the different possibilities. You can pick the fabric, size, specifications, add lace, cameos, and all kind of custom demands to make your bag your "own". Here an example :) with a Poe´s raven inspiration.
Above: custom bag made by Pendulous Threads
But even if you're not interested in bags (which is the speciality of the store) they have also other jewellery and lovely which might be what we highlight here in yourfantasycostume.com. With a spice of twisted, dark and gothic it makes by itself a rather lovely collection of oddities. :) from horns, lace masks to hairclips :) Twisted and cute!
Above: two examples of black lace necklaces. I specially liked the black crow pattern which is rather large and a perfect choice for a wicked witch garment, sorcerer, Morrigan or gothic-lovers.
Above: super cute tentacle hairclips (<3) perfect for Lovecraft or Steampunk lovers... a touch of sci-fi for your fantasy costume or even your daily wear
You can also network by liking their page in facebook and be up to date with their latest news.
They also encourage contact for collaborations and custom orders via email
Above: elven suede tunic with vines and olive green cape perfect for lotr elven characterization
The Costume Castle, we have been in business for many years providing quality costumes and period clothing for Re-enactment, LARP, Theatres, Films, TV, or just for cosplay fun. They have worked for several film and tv productions providing clothing and thus keep a high standard of quality in their products. From Romans, vikings and gladiators to medieval and Tudor´s noble and peasant garments. And even hats, helmets, robes, capes, shoes and weapon replicas and all the extras props and accessories you may need for the perfect finish, including helmets, shields, chainmail, belts, pouches, weapons and more They also do full costume rentals
They also have some replicas and full sets of garments inspired in some movies and videogames like "Pirates of the Caribbean", "Assasin Creed" or "The Lord of the Rings"
Below: Lovely replica of "Arwen dress" from the Lord of the Rings movie with adjustable back lace-up and embroidery.
Below: lovely and romantic chemise with frills and lace perfect for wearing with a cincher. It would be great for a "pirate lady". They also have all sorts of underpinnings and full length night gowns and chemises for historical underwear.
It makes an excellent choice to surf to find final details of historical garments, like belts, pouches, jerkins, tunics and even boots. Have fun!
They ship internationally and they welcome contact at the costumecastle (at) aol.com
Above: White and cream feather tribal headpiece made by Kissed by Pixies
Kissed by Pixies is a store based in Texas (USA) that lists a lovely catalogue of handmade and hand crafted fairy and fantasy accessories and ornaments as well as other
They also welcome custom orders by direct contact with Rachael, crafter and seller.
They also have a lovely selection of hand painted fairy wings in several hues and models like the Luna Moth model that you can see in the following picture made in green earth tones, and finished with tan feathers for achieving the "moth" look. Normally the wings are custom orders and take around a week to be done,
Above: hand painted fairy wings by Kissed by Pixies
Below: feather eyelashes made by Kissed by Pixies (several colours available)
They also have a rather large collection of horns, from unicorn to twisted ram models. Below some of my favourites: white twisted horns and golden ram horns, made of polymer clay. Also for mischievous little demons and fauns.
But not only that they also have some lovely skirts, costumes and yarn tunics and sweaters that fits not only for the fairy/pixie wear but even for some futuristic star-wars or Mad-Max setting.
You can also network with "Kissed by Pixies" in facebook in this website
GRIMAS is a company based and funded in Holland in the early 80s though actually distributed in many aountries that sells make up not only for fantasy face and body painting but even for cosmetic, professional work. So wether you want to camouflage of a birth mark or covering a tatoo or even completely re-sculpting your features with wax and prosthetics you will find a large catallogue of products specialized in theatrical use. They also offer all sorts of brushes, glues, mastix and products to apply or remove them.
The cream make ups are meant for those cases you need a full and perfect covering and thus it is perfect for stage use. The official site lists all products and also has a downloadable pdf with the updated price list. The price average is quite affordable and on the other hand their long experience in the field guarantee the safety in their composition.
Below: reknown cake make up foundations for a perfect cover of skin blemishes, available for any possible skin tone.
Above: Cake make up skin tone chart
Grimas Water Make-up (Pure) is an unperfumed, gluten-free water-based make-up, intended for face-painting and body-painting. Water Make-up works just like watercolour paint. available in different sizes in 40 matt Water Make-up (Pure) colours plus 12 Pearl shades. The colours can be mixed together.
Above: Eyebrow plastic used to "erase" your eyebrows for FX make up. They also have fake blood, bald caps and all sorts of latex prosthetics like animal faces, horns, noses and pointy ears for fairies, elves and hobbits.
The website ( that can be read also in english) offer tutorials and examples for some of the fx make up procedures like applying a bald cap, sculpting your traits with wax wether to age you or to look younger and all sorts of tricks and recommendations.
I particularly highlight their fake eyelashes at really affordable prices (natural hair, fashion, fantasy or feather) which I particularly like and have bookmarked
You can find also quite a wealth of their products available in ebay where I have myself purchased some of them.
Lana de Flor is a little store based in Ohio (USA) run by crafter Debora Galaz that specializes in hand-made and sometimes also using her own dyes to color the materials used for making hand-felted accessories with merino wool and sometimes mixed with silk and other materials for extra softness. Lana welcomes contact if you want a piece in custom colors, Flower scarfs are really cute and somehow very fairy/nymph and really wearable too on a daily basis. It has that slight hippy/artistic/boheme look too and the highlight of it all, they are not only unique hand-made pieces but really affordable too.
Below: "poppy" brooch in moss-color, each petal felted individually. And now that Halloween approaches you can find some super-cute needdle felted pumpkins too
Oh what a delightful collection... Above: some headpieces and custom wigs by Ghoulia´s peculiars a london based store specialized in custom made wigs, masks, headpieces and fantasy props.
I stumbled upon a lovely mermaid picture and the amazing wig and I had to check the rest! :) What I found was a store of cosplay fantasy wigs elevating the craft to art :) so I inmediately, I bookmarked it as I usually do :)
Below: mermaid headpiece with shells, beads and starfish... isn't it amazing? Somehow it reminded me to the Czech version of "The little mermaid" that was made in the 70s, I adore the slightly disarranged look.
Above Photo by Susannah Conway with Enchanted Elements Photography
They encourage customer contact to ghoulia (at) hotmail.co.uk so you can know from the crafter self their guidelines, shipping policies, stock, or custom order. You can actually order a model of wigs in custom colors if you wish and they also have an ETSY store with some ready to ship articles at Ghoulia´s Peculiars at Etsy
Absolutely handmade and showcasing a colorful vibrant and amazing imagination in almost every possible colour you could conceive (and blends in between), Ghoulia´s pecular combines different materials (synthetic hair, beads, shells, silk flowers, ribbons). The wigs are arranged in vintage styles with spirals, braids in bulky and ultra-long fashion and all with the most delicate taste, as if made with devotion and love. There is no limit to your customization, she seems to like challenge :)
They also have wigs in natural colors, if you happen to be a lover of period-costumes they have the most amazing braided wigs. I fell in love with the reds. And if you happen just to be looking (as many of you) an amazing replica of Daenerys blonde wig (from Games of Thrones) yay! they also have it! . Thus I recommend not to feel limited by their catalogue at etsy but surf in their facebook and official site for already sold items as many can be replicated at your request.
Above: Atuumn-like combination of reds and braids. I fell in love with this combination.
Above: Daenerys custom-made pale blond wig rpelica from Games of Thrones
Any season, any element, she seems to have the right one for different kind of fantasy creatures and moods, from dark gothic blacks, to tribal reds, to pale lilacs and aqua for mermaids and subtle pastel pinks for fairies. What can I say, I´d love to be able at least to try a few and get some pictures, indeed they may ender an unique and inmediate transformation :) <3... well, that's the reason I've highlighted it in this article, also to have it bookmarked and as source of inspiration.
But not only wigs and headpieces, there are also props, horns, tiara, masks and a myriad of other lovely handmade and theatrical looking items you should have a look.
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After the success of previous edition last year, 28th of September 2013 the second in 2013 installment of the European Steampunk Convention takes place again. Steampunk lovers all over the continent will gather in several cities in their best attires, with confirmed parties in Barcelona (this is the one I have close :)), Bilbao, Budapest, Cheltenham/UK (online event), Luxembourg, Madrid, Matlock Bath (UK), Orense,Paris, Porto, Vienna, Zaragoza and also affiliated events on different days in Sweden and The Netherlands. Different events along with stands, fairs, conventions, performances and spontaneous gatherings to celebrate the love for this retrofuturistic trend. For the power of gears and steam, have fun you participants!
Above: Poster for Eurosteamcon Barcelona made by Nekro XIII
For more information visit the blog
Below, picture of last edition in Barcelona (I'm at the piano)