Seymour Krelborn: A menial laborer at Mushnik’s Flower Shop, Seymour Krelborn is the improbable hero of the story. Nebbish-like and insecure, he is naive and feels much put-upon. In spite of his flaws, he’s a sweet and well-meaning little man. Seymour is the owner of the carnivorous plant, Audrey II.
Audrey: The gum-snapping, bleached-blond secret love of Seymour’s life, Audrey works with Seymour at the flower shop. Lacking in education and self-esteem, she suffers from feelings of hopelessness at her situation in life, including her abusive relationship with her boyfriend, Orin Scrivello. Seymournames his plant after her.
Mr. Mushnik: Owner of Mushnik’s Flower Shop, a failing business on Skid Row, Mr. Mushnik is given to cursing in Yiddish. He is a man who seldom smiles and often yells.
Orin Scrivello: Audrey’s dentist boyfriend, Orin Scrivello is a motorcycle-riding black leather jacket-wearing tough-guy. He is tall, dark, handsome, and sadistic. His fondness for his own nitrous oxide proves to be his undoing.
Audrey II: A wise-cracking anthropomorphic cross between a Venus flytrap and an avocado with teeth, Audrey II is Seymour’s favorite and soon-famous plant. Seymour purchased the plant at Chang’s Flower Shop during a mysterious total eclipse of the sun; but once the plant has the taste of human blood there is no stopping it.
Crystal, Ronette, and Chiffon: Three female street urchins who function as participants in the action and as “doo-wop” chorus girls outside it, Crystal, Ronette, and Chiffon often sing directly to the audience in a hip, narrative style.
Patrick Martin: A sleazy opportunist, Patrick Martin tries to talk Seymour and Mr. Mushnik into leaf cuttings of Audrey II.
Bernstein: An uptown bigshot from NBC, Bernstein offers Seymour his own gardening show.
Mrs. Luce: The wife of the editor of Life magazine
Pet Shop of Horrors
I got into Petshop of Horrors earlier this year and wanted to cosplay Count D because he greatly amuses me due to his major sweet tooth and constant bickering with Leon. Plus, he has such pretty clothes! I was considering doing a more normal outfit of his but then I saw the illustration with this costume in volume 8 and wanted to make it since I love peacock feathers. *_*
I choose the color scheme myself since the costume only appears in a manga illustration and I’ve never seen a colored version. I also extrapolated some things since there’s only a front view; I created my own pattern of feathers for the back of the dress. I also made an underskirt because I looked at Count D’s other outfits and noticed that he always wears either pants or a skirt under garments with high slits.
Dress: The dress was challenging due to the unusual neckline and the fact that it was basically a Chinese dress on a male character. (This was a tricky outfit to crossplay. I don’t think I completely succeeded. ._.;) Since I needed a dress that wasn’t closely fitted to a female figure, I started from a pattern for loosely fitting tops with mandarin collars. I lengthened the pattern, making the back piece a bit fuller near the hem. The sleeve pattern piece was altered to include a slit and have a curving hem. I cut away part of the pattern pieces on the right side to create the asymmetrical neckline, created facing pieces, and added a side zipper to the design.
The peacock feather designs were painted by hand after the fabric was cut. I used 6 different colors, including 3 shades of green, and the designs took about 20-25 hours because there are so many little squiggly lines in the feathers.
The dress was sewn after the painting was finished. I included a contrasting purple lining since the reference picture showed the inside as being a lighter color. I put in eyelets for the first time along the slit in the sleeve and braided some gold embroidery floss to use for the lacing. The trim around the collar was sewn on by hand and I made tassels to match. The ornament at the neck is actually a pin that I pulled from my jewelry collection when I ran short on time and supplies to make a more accurate one. ^_^;;
Underskirt: The underskirt was made from a rectangular piece of purple satin. I just sewed it into a tube with a French seam, added an elastic waistband at one end and hemmed the other end.
Glove: The glove turned out to be one of the most difficult parts of the costume since I had never made one before. I couldn’t find the Vogue glove pattern locally and had to draft my own pattern based on an online tutorial. I cut and sewed the glove in material to match the dress and lined the top to match the dress lining. Then, added the eyelets and braided some more embroidery floss for the lacing. The sewing was kind of messy but I was glad to just get it done. *doesn’t want to make another glove any time soon* x_x;
Wig: Count D’s hair is always changing colors on the manga covers but I decided to use black since that’s how it’s described in the text. (Plus, I don’t have to worry about it clashing when I make other outfits for him! 😀 *already has a second in the works*) I bought an Off-Black D. Boy wig and straightened the hair around the face a bit and trimmed it since it was a little longer than the rest of the wig. I also used a hairdryer to shift the part in the wig so it would be slightly towards the left side of my face and to train some of the hair to fall over my right eye.
Makeup: I based my makeup off the manga covers where Count D often has pink eye makeup and his nails are always white. Since I generally keep my nails long, I decided to use my real nails, letting them grow out longer than usual and painting them white. I thought about fake nails but was worried I’d forget about them being longer than normal and accidentally scratch someone or myself. ^_^;
Q-Chan plushie: Although not pictured in the illustration the costume is from, I wanted to make the bat/rabbit that often sits on Count D’s shoulder. Q-Chan’s colors vary on the manga covers and I chose a yellow and purple version because I liked it best. I made the pattern for it myself and did all the sewing by hand. The ears have boning in them to help them stand up and the wings and feet are wool interfaced with felt to help stiffen them. I inserted magnets into the feet and sewed a couple more into the shoulder of the dress so that he can cling to me. ^_^
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SEYMOUR: Suntan pants, blue shirt, baseball cap
MUSHNIK: Period suit, shirt, tie, sweater vest, hat
- Black tight fitting dress, white fur jacket, clutch bag
- Beaded top (worn over dress)
- Leopard skin sling
- Pink ruffled apron
- Cream sweater with trim
CRYSTAL, CHIFFON, RONNETTE:
- Matching skirt and blouse sets, crinolines
ORION: Black jeans, dentist tunic with ADA and bleeding tooth on back, black leather jacket
FIRST CUSTOMER: Sportcoat, pants, shirt, bowtie, hat
BUMS: Plaid shirt, overcoat, mismatched pants, caps
- Add white shirt, tie, cardigan sweater
- Black leather jacket
- Black low cut dress with trim
- Raincoat, hat
- White nightgown, negligee with feathered trim
- Bloodied, torn overskirt to wear over nightgown
- Full length sequin sheath dress with lame bottom, opera gloves, feather boa
- White smocks with WBE insignia, green skirt, neckscarf
SECOND CUSTOMER: Tux jacket, pants, shirt, bowtie
BERNSTEIN: Trenchcoat, muffler, hat
MRS. LUCE: Period suit, blouse, hat
SKIP SNIP: Pants, blazer, shirt, tie
PATRICK MARTIN: Green suit with insignia, shirt, tie
Pet Shop of Horrors
Although it’s actually supposed to be one of Count D’s ancestors, this outfit from volume 9 was one of my favorites when I first read through the PSOH manga. (Reference pic: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v342/LadyoftheThread/misc/19thcenturyd.jpg) I was happy to finally have a winter con to make this costume for and it’s now my favorite of my D cosplays and my favorite costume overall. It came together slowly over 3 months and debuted at NYAF in December, where it won 1st Place Craftsman in the hall contest. I’m also really excited about the prospect of wearing it again at Anime Boston with a big PSOH group! ^_^
Long-winded construction notes…
General: Since the only reference images were black and white, I chose my own color scheme. I started by looking for a fabric with swirly patterns for the tabard, eventually settling on a dark navy velvet with gold designs. After that was chosen, I selected the yellow patterned brocade, a teal solid which would go with both fabrics, and a gold that I could use to trim everything. I picked rich fabrics like velvet, brocade, satin, and taffeta because in the manga, the costume was worn when D visited the castle of an European princess in the late 1800s.
I mostly drafted the patterns on my own although I copied elements like necklines, shoulder seams, and armholes from commercial patterns. Since the costume was floor length and I’m short, I opted to make my costume longer and wear heels to try to better match the very tall look of the reference pic. All of the clothes are fully lined except for the underskirt, which was French seamed.
Collar: I drafted the pattern for the collar myself, making pieces in 2 sizes for the layers. The brocade was interfaced with needlepoint canvas so the collar would hold its shape and the edges were trimmed with appliqué.
Main robe: I patterned the teal robe with an opening in the front (closes with snap buttons) that can be hidden by the tabard. The sleeves were made with a contrasting cuff and curving hem to match the reference. I also made them long enough so that I can conceal my hands since neither hand is seen in the main reference. The yellow brocade collar was attached and then the mandarin collar added. Like the yellow collar, the trim on the mandarin collar was appliquéd. The trim along the side slits and hem was done with one side of the bias strips being machine sewn and the back then being tacked down by hand. I did this to avoid visible stitches on the outside and I thought it looked much better than my attempts to completely machine stitch the trim.
Tabard: The velvet part of the tabard was made first. It buttons with snaps at the right shoulder so that the closures are hidden by the collar. The gold trim was handled in the same way as on the teal robe. The 4 yellow brocade pieces were made separately and trimmed before being hand sewn in place. The front and back of the tabard also button together at the sides of the waist.
Underskirt: The underskirt was sewn with French seams and pleated for fullness before being gathered with an elastic waistband. The bottom is finished with a narrow, machine-stitched hem.
Sash: The sash was made with two long rectangles of fabric. Since it’s not completely smooth in the reference, I cut the piece of satin larger and pleated it at the ends and middle so that it would fit the smaller piece of lining and form some folds. The ends attach with hook and eye closures.
Necklace/bead strands: The necklace is strung on beading wire and the ends are fastened to the clasp with crimp beads. The reference shows a few different sizes of beads in the necklaces so I used 12mm beads for the shorter strand and 10mm beads with 8mm ones at the bottom for the longer strand.
The strands hanging from the waist are also strung on beading wire with a giant lobster clasp at each end. The clasps allow me to clip the strands to a metal ring on a belt hidden under the sash. Since the belt supports the weight of the strands, it prevents the costume from being dragged down at that point. This is actually a replacement set of beads since I found my original set of crystal pearls was too heavy and made the skirts bunch too much.
(The beads were actually one of the most aggravating parts about this costume because I really wanted colored pearls but couldn’t find anything large enough other than glass and crystal, which were too heavy. Plus, it was hard finding a color that would go with all the fabrics and photograph well. >_ @LadyoftheThread
|Last Updated||12 years ago|
|Created||13 years ago|
|Series||Pet Shop of Horrors|
|Character||Count D (19th Century version)|
shattered_song your count d is the BEST i have EVER seen! such beautiful details! niice job!
You’re looking pretty awesome there, Deathlord. This past weekend saw the third annual Geek Girl Con setting up shop in Seattle.
It’s a smaller show than, say, PAX Prime but cosplayers showed up ready to strut in their finest costumes and make-up. You’ll see a bunch of shots from Geek Girl Con taken by Todd Kenreck and Meagan Sadler, who’ve been shooting the documentary series Cosplay Boom. You can see the first episode right here.
Apocalyptic Ash as Officer JennyandAenne Schumann as Nurse Joy from Pokemon
Aziza Mansuri as Fiona Goode from American Horror Story
Azure Marill as Satsuki and High Five The Sky as Nonon from KillLaKill
Brittany Doran of Punished Props as Draugr Deathlord from Skyrim and Clandestine Clementine as Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games
Filk Aeris as Harvest Goddess from Harvest Moon
Jennifer Jones as Xena Warrior Princess
Matt Castiglione as Hiccup from How To Train Your Dragon
Padme Amanda as Diablo 3‘s 12th Barbarian
Punished Props as Draugr Deathlords from Skyrim
Sam Andrews & Kristie Neises as Dragon Age characters
Sasha Hendricks as Korra from The Legend of Korra
Seymour from Little Shop of Horrors
Small Rini Lady as Yoshi from Yoshi’s Woolly World
Taylor Bennett in Game of Thrones-inspired dress
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Introduction: Phoenix and Gryphon in “Little Shop of Horrors”
Everybody better beware! The Little Shop of Horrors is open for business. Gryphon is playing the part of Seymour, the young florist shop clerk who stumbles upon a very unusual plant, which he names Audrey II. Phoenix plays Audrey II, the man eating plant from outer space who is out for blood. Seymour is feeding drops of blood from his finger into Audrey II’s gaping toothy mouth. This causes the plant to grow and grow, and it’s tendrils continue to spread until they are taking over the florist shop, and just might take over the world.
Step 1: Making Audrey II’s Headpiece
White Stiff Felt
To make the Audrey II headpiece, we started with a plant headpiece intended for a human costume. We cut off some of the hood, and used dental floss and wire to shape it to fit onto a dog’s head. We added sharp teeth, which we made by cutting triangles out of white stiff felt and gluing them all along the inside of the mouth with a glue gun. We also had a crown of leaves to extend the leafy look, which was branches twisted together with artificial leaves woven into it.
Step 2: Making Tendrils and Leaves
Green Jumbo Chenille Stems
We needed to make the plant look like it was spreading everywhere with lots of tendrils crawling out of it everywhere. We made the tendrils out of green jumbo chenille stems. These could be bent and shaped into arms and wavy vines. We cut artificial leaves into a spiky shape, and glued them all along the chenille stems for a thorny look. We also added large leaves to be like the hands of the plant. To make these, we cut green felt into leaf shapes. We then sandwiched pairs of shapes over thick wire, which was bent into the shape and glue gunned in place. We decorated the leaves with green glitter, drawing on veins and lines.
Step 3: Making the Flower Pot and Attaching Tendrils
Large Garden Pot
For the plant’s pot, we found a garden pot that was very large and light. We cut out the bottom with scissors, which took a little persistence. The pot was then able to slip easily over the dog’s head. We then attached the tendrils we had created, gluing them coming out from the inside of the pot in various spots. We also glued some pieces of green felt cut into a leafy pattern from the bottom of the pot, to hang over and cover the dog’s paws.
Step 4: Making the Tongue
Black Puffy Paint
To make Audrey II’s large and curvy tongue, we started by cutting a very long tongue shape out of red felt. We then painted it with fabric stiffener. To get the wavy shape, we let it dry looped up and down over plastic cups, and secured it with paper clips. After it was dry, we attached it to a popsicle stick, to allow the dog to hold it easily in his mouth. We also decorated it by using black puffy paint to outline the tongue and to draw a line down the center of it.
Step 5: Making the Leafy Nose Decoration
Green Fun Fur Yarn
We wanted to add a little more leafiness to the dog’s face, so we created a ring of leaves to go around his snout. We did this by making a circle of thin elastic, which fit very lightly and loosely around his snout. We then glued on bits of leaves and green fun fur yarn.
Step 6: Stuffing and Attaching Seymour’s Clothing
Button Down Shirt
Argyle Sweater Vest
Skin Colored Gloves
For the Seymour costume, we had to stuff and attach together clothing to match the type of outfit Seymour wears. We used a man’s button down shirt with an argyle sweater vest over it. We stuffed the arms and shoulders of these pieces, gluing the stuffing in place. For the hands, we used tannish skin colored gloves, which we stuffed and glued onto the ends of the sleeves. For the pants, we used grayish pants, which we stuffed completely. We then attached them to the front side of the shirt, so they would hang down over the dog’s legs. We used old boots and stapled them to the bottom of the pants.
Step 7: Embellishing Seymour’s Hand
Red Permanent Marker
We wanted to make it look as if Seymour had been cutting his fingers to feed the plant drops of blood from his hand, like in the story. So we decorated one of the tan gloves with band-aids and bandages. We also created blood to drip down from one of the fingers. We squeezed glue from the glue gun into droplet shapes onto tinfoil. When they dried, we peeled them off and colored them red with a permanent marker. We then glued these droplets onto one of the fingers.
Step 8: Seymour’s Accessories
Tan Baseball Cap
To finish off Seymour’s costume, we found accessories to look like the character. We added a short dark wig for his hair, with a tan baseball cap atop it. Finally we added glasses, which are Seymour’s signature look.
Step 9: Creating the Little Shop Background
Woodgrain Wrapping Paper
Plastic Door Facade
Toy Cash Register
We wanted to create a background to go with this scene, to take pictures and show it off to people. We wanted to create the florist shop where “Little Shop of Horrors” takes place. We found some old shelves, and added plastic pots with artificial flowers. We made a platform for Seymour to sit on as well. We used a sturdy box, which we covered with wrapping paper with a woodgrain design. We added writing about Potting Soil, which we printed with a fun font off the computer and glued on. We added a door, which we made by attaching a plastic door facade onto foamboard. We hung a real little Open/Closed sign, and attached a cabinet knob for the doorknob, pushing it through the foamboard and screwing it on. We also added a little table with a toy cash register.
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While Dragon*Con is generally loads of care-free, costumed, fun for the average con-goer, there lies the threat of creeping (simulated) danger and scares at any given turn thanks to the tons of horror fans on hand that are sporting their blood-drenched costumes they’ve spent hours perfecting just to give you a tingling of dread up your spine. Join us as we continue our Dragon*Con 2012 cosplay coverage with this look at some of the costumes that cause a weaker being to lose bladder control over if happening upon them in the dark, AND some off-beat horror tributes!
These faceless nurses from the “Silent Hill” video game series have filled us full of dread ever since they shambled toward us in the game as our meager flashlight flickered in the dark. Of course, in-game we blew their damned heads off, but here at the show we just sit still, full of anxiety, and snap their photos. The best part of this costume is that the lack of vision would surely make this thing a chore to wear throughout the day. Bravo to the brave women that decide making us want to curl into a ball is worth the effort!
The pig-theme has been huge this year! We chalk it up to people’s natural fear that bacon will eventually kill them, one way or another! Personally, we’ll take a heart attack over a scythe-weilding maniac any day, but that’s just us.
Here’s another pig-related cosplay. As we snapped this photo, we gazed upon this freak of nature and truly questioned just how f**ked up our imaginations are. Then we realized this guy was only a drop in the bucket, and went back about our day! It’s definitely commitment to wear a costume that restricts the use of your arms and hands, but it looks to be well worth it for the effect. Man, blue jean overalls just don’t look good on anybody, right?
This costume of Queen Akasha from Anne Rice’s “Queen of the Damned” is farther towards the “sexy” side of the sliding scale than the “horrific”. The costuming is very well done and matches very closely to the one worn by Aaliyah in the original 2002 film. We’d normally make some kind of wisecrack here, but the thought of Aaliyah kind of got us down. So technically, Akasha broke our spirit a little– that crafty vampire temptress!
Not a scary costume, you say? See, this is an instance where it’s all about the props, namely Audrey II. Yep, this cosplay comes courtesy of “Little Shop of Horrors” complete with Seymour’s bandaged fingers from feeding his own blood to the toothy plant. Luckily, we were able to get this photo long before Audrey II got to the “Feed me internet bloggers!” stage of growth.
Finally, we have the man who can take on any form of evil, and after freaking the hell out, make a smartass quip and slice it in twain with his trusty chainsaw: Ashley Williams! This Ash costume from the always spectacular “Evil Dead 2” adds just the right amount of blood, torn clothes, amputations, and chin to bring Bruce Campbell’s cult-classic character to life. There are always a ton of these at Dragon*Con, and by hell this one was our favorite!
Stay tuned to MTV Geek for more cosplay coverage from Dragon*Con 2012! Also, if you’re at Dragon Con this weekend be sure to stop by our green screen photo booth at the Marriott Marquis (on the marquis level) and get your picture taken on 1 of our 16 backgrounds!
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