These aren't all the costumes we've done -- we'd run out of space pretty quickly if we posted everything! -- but they're some of our favorites.
Costumes are sorted by series, then variant, then character. Click on the series title to visit the full gallery, or click on individual costumes for details.
Kenshin tries to put the moves on Tomoe.....
This was one of the most technically exquisite sets we've ever done -- Seiran and Ryuuki are full of detail. Based on an ancient Chinese fantasy, these costumes variously demanded imperial majesty, beautiful regalia, and rough-and-ready practicality. Alena has said our Emperor Ryuuki is one of the best pieces we've ever produced.
Initially, our goal was to make everything as historically accurate as possible. We researched Chinese and Japanese clothing, watched period films, visited museums, and dug up historic clothing pattern books to try to make things as "correct" as they could be. Unfortunately, as we learned, the series itself combines several hundred years' clothing styles, and some elements of the series' fantasy clothing don't fit ANY period of history. Since the artists who designed the costumes broke the rules, we had to follow suit to make our costumes match the reference images.
From the Tsuiokuhen OVAs and manga.
Kenshin (in his Hitokiri Battousai days) and Yukishiro Tomoe are made with great attention to historical and source accuracy, from historically appropriate fabrics even to historically-correct loom widths and authentically woven zouri (sandals). Hiko Seijuro's costume is a bit more fancifully fun, with enormous shoulders and a fake physique.
Also here is Diane Woodring as Enishi, Tomoe's cute psychopathic younger brother and future arch-nemesis.
Colossal Con 2011, Best In Show
Master Knows Best (Colossal Con 2011)
Now seriously, who could resist this? A photoshoot on actual Mayan ruins?! So we made quick and dirty (very dirty!) costumes in a hotel room (thank God for Heat-n-Bond and hotel irons!) and asked the fabulous Elemental to make them look as un-horrific as possible in the setting. But man, these costumes are awful. :)
If you aren't familiar with The Mysterious Cities of Gold, well, you missed out on a great piece of childhood. Just sayin'.