Nico Robin’s Water 7 cosplay was the first anime Robin I attempted. It was back in 2009 and I had kind of rushed it. Basically it didn’t turn out the way I had hoped. I had used a suit type fabric, but always saw it as leather. It fit a bit awkwardly and I needed to alter it a bit here and there, so I wasn’t terribly pleased with it. I ended up selling it to someone and regretted not perfecting it so I could get the photos I really wanted.
Five years later I decided to make it the way it should be made, and am glad I did. I found an extra, extra large black trench coat at a thrift store that I took apart and used to make the dress. And the perfect boots ended up being thigh high riding boots I picked up at a costuming yard sale. I already had the wig, made an undershirt and that was pretty much it.
What made the costume for me was finding a Spandam cosplayer; NegativeDreamer. We connected on Cosplay.com and were excited about each other’s One Piece cosplay. We decided that we’d try to find a way to shoot together and when he said he was coming to Katsucon, we made it happen. I had mentioned to him that I would do bruised make-up for the shoot, but he was surprised when I actually showed up with the make-up on! Glad that I went and did it; might not have been ‘pretty’, but Spandam beat on Robin pretty good in the series.
Katsucon 2015 photos by Henrickson
AUSA 2009 Photos by Judith Stephens
Spandam Cosplay by NegativeDreamer
My 2009 version was a good first attempt, but was a bit too long for my torso, so it bunched. I also wore a waist cincher underneath the dress, but it definitely showed through near the bottom. Also the boots were too short, the collar didn’t stay up and it was a bit too baggy up top.
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