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Alice - At Last by Verdaera Alice - At Last by Verdaera
Finally! An awesome full picture of my finished Alice costume! This was at Dragon*Con 2011, and this time I had a wig and some-what fuller skirt. This is the dress I made last year that took 9 months to create, 7 of which were spent hand-embroidering the hem. See my gallery for detailed shots of every layer of the costume plus descriptions.

**PLEASE NOTE! My work is NOT cosplay! 'Cosplay' is 'Costumed Roleplaying', 'COSTUMING' is the art of creating costumes. When I submit a deviation, I am displaying my work in COSTUMING. Thank you for understanding...***

Photo taken by the wonderful :iconbryanhumphrey: Bryan Humphrey. Slight re-touching in photoshop.

*Sorry for the watermark, I've had too many friends have pictures of their costumes stolen :p

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Alice - At Last by *Verdaera Verdaera  attention to detail is astounding, and so is her documentation of her work..It's hard to tell this is a recreation of the Alice dress, and not the real thing! ( Featured by FrockTarts )
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Spaceout626 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Simply stunning. The details are absolutely wonderful.
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Davinia1982 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awsome job on the dress and especially the hand embroidery it looks stunning!

Without trying to be disrespectful, but why is it important to mention that the dress is NOT cosplay? It maybe a language barrier thing, but I don't understand.
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much! :)

Well, this whole 'cosplay' thing is a new thing... cosplay is technically anime and roleplaying. Costuming is not necessarily the same thing as cosplaying, and after the amount of time I spend researching and making my art, it really makes me feel bad when people call it a 'cosplay' because I'm not playing, I take my art very seriously :) Most costumers I've met in the larger guilds don't like the term cosplay applied to costuming. Hopefully that explains it :)
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JennaBlack Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
If it helps put it into perspective, the use of "play" isn't meant to designate any lack of dedication. We call what we do in the SCA "playing" but more people complain that people take it too seriously than not seriously enough.
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes, but 'playing' isn't 'making'. That's why I'm annoyed. Cosplaying and Costuming are two separate activities. After all, not all cosplayers make their own costume, so how can cosplaying and costuming ever be the same thing? And not everyone who dons a costume considers themselves to be "playing". One can't just apply a new word to my beloved art form and expect me to like it. When a subject puts on a costume for a photoshoot, is that person "cosplaying"? No. When I wear my own costumes to conventions, I am not getting into character and play-acting, I prefer to think that I'm modelling my work. I know some people are fine with the word 'cosplay', but I am not and never will be. What if people start calling all photographers 'papparazzi'? Hopefully that explains a bit about where I'm coming from :)
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JennaBlack Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
My understanding of cosplay doesn't involve criminal harassment. Papparazzi is insulting because it inherently implies unethical and often illegal behavior.

I'm not saying what you're doing is cosplay. I just wanted to point out that people aren't trying to downplay the exceptional quality of your work or the investment you put into your pieces by calling it cosplay.
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I understand that, that's why I put a disclaimer informing people not to call my work cosplay, and what I do is costuming. It's a preventative measure to hopefully keep people from confusing my work with cosplay and calling it that.
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Davinia1982 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for explaining. If you put it like that, than I'm not cosplaying either.
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Melethnein Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
How is not cosplay? Youre dressing up as the character in costume so it's costume play?
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Actually no, it's 'costume roleplay', and I don't roleplay. I'm modelling something that I've spent the better part of a year lovingly constructing :) I don't cosplay, I cos-serious ;)
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Berouge Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't tell for sure, do you have those wicked cool Alice lace up boots like in the movie? I've been looking for a pair. The embroidery is fantastic!
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I sure do :) I wrote up a tutorial on how I altered a pair of leather boots I got from bootbarn.com on my website (I never finished the site, so this is one of the only things on there) [link]
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Berouge Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
OOOOOOooooo!! Those white ones were almost as cute!! Great find! Thank you for the tutorial on how to make these!
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Jess-9000 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Jesus tits that embroidery is incredible! Wish I could have gone this year and maybe seen it in person. Wonderful job!
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I might wear it again to con, I haven't decided yet :)
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Lovidem Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing costume! the embroidering on the hem is gorgeous, it does look like a lot of time and effort was put into it, and it looks definitely worth it!
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! It seemed never-ending but now I'm glad I did it
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Linkcrazy-4ever Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Wow, very nice, I love it ^^
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D
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A-young-soul Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Awesome cosplay, great photo
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D
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ParadiseSunflowers Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
ohmy you got a dd at least! that's awesome!
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much!
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ParadiseSunflowers Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
very welcome =)
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ZoraCatone Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
All that time and work, but it was worth it! The title is fitting to your little journey too! Alice at last!
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yep! Shame DA wouldn't let me put the exclamation mark in, cause I tried!
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AwkwardWallflower Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Student General Artist
WOW!! You did an amazing job! I'm amazed!
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D
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AwkwardWallflower Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Student General Artist
you're welcome ^^
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StudioBueno Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Oh! I believe I saw you at DragonCon and snapped a picture myself. Really nice costume.
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Were you dressed up at D*Con?
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StudioBueno Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
Yeah, I was Marty McFly.
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HeartlessInu Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely phenomenal! I heartily applaud your efforts.
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much! :)
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HeartlessInu Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome!
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Timitekla Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Student General Artist
Great job!
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D
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OzeanKatze Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the best Alice costume I've seen! Thumb up!:wow:
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D
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JMan31337 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Amazing Alice Costume! You can tell that you love making all your costumes.
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you, I do, it's a lot of fun, especcially when they turn out right ;)
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konako Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
I'm not intending to be rude but I don't get it...if you're dressed up like a character, how is it not cosplay?
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
The definitions seem to vary for a lot of people, mostly because it's a new word. I've always seen cosplay as anime and roleplaying, and I mostly get annoyed because I'm not 'playing' ;) A lot of us costumers have been making and dressing up in our costumes long before the kids came along and gave us a new word ;) I'm not into roleplay, I'm modelling something that I've spent the better part of a year lovingly crafting :)
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Zetra Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's exactly what I was thinking. Costume play doesn't mean you have to fully act the part.
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Myan149 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
i think it's because with cosplay you act like the character you're dressed as? idk. i always call my dressing up cosplay.
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MasakiHikari Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous! :heart:
Especially that needlework! Your hands must have gotten so cramped! :ohnoes:
Love it! :heart:
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Yes they did! I sat in a chair every night with a heating pad on my back and occassionally had to ice my hands down. Must have gone through a couple bottles of aleve, but it was worth it!
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crshh Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Great choice for the floor for an Alice in Wonderland photo!
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks, hotel floor carpets are rather crazy!
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timothyt Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Student
awesome!!!!!!!!!
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