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Goddess of Spring. by cupcake-rufflebutt Goddess of Spring. by cupcake-rufflebutt
Character: Persephone, Goddess of Spring Growth
Source: Greek Mythology & Yoshitaka Amano's "Hiten"
Seamstress/Model: Tess [cupcake-rufflebutt]
Photography: Sonja Carter [Soulfire Photography]
Location: Katsucon 2012

Construction Notes:
It is amazing, the difference that a good wig can make for a costume. I wore this last summer and was generally unhappy with how it looked and photographed, but after several months of stewing over what had gone wrong, I was able to pinpoint the wig, which was much too platinum and modern in style -- too "Barbie" for an ancient Greek deity. Wanting to give the costume another try, I chose a dark blonde (my natural colour, oddly enough) in a longer, slightly curled style. Not only does it frame my face and upper body better, but the darker colour compliments the costume so much more and allows the tiny details to pop a bit. I still haven't been able to get around to all the beading I'd like to add to the scarves, but I did add a few tassels and rhinestones here and there, as well as tweak the jewelry I had made. All in all, I'm infinitely more pleased -- it always stinks to work so hard on a costume and then hate the way it looks on you -- and think I'll be wearing her quite a bit more in the future. Thank you to Sonja for the beautiful photography!

For anyone curious, this costume is adapted from an artbook image by Yoshitaka Amano -- [link] -- that seemed to fit my vision of how Persephone might have looked in her youth, prior to her abduction to the Underworld. I still have plans to make a darker, more grayscale Persephone as representative of her latter days as Queen of the Underworld at some point in the future. I also feel I ought to state that it was never my intention to create a historically accurate Greek costume, though that would also be quite fun for a future project!

Other Persephone Uploads:
[link] | PERSEPHONE

Special Request:
Please no critiques/criticism; I'd like to keep this gallery happy! :3
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:iconasad3944:
asad3944 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
WOW
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :3
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:iconblueperikles:
BluePerikles Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Unbelievable!
What a wonderful Talent!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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:iconmissygrl18:
missygrl18 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Amazing, such a pretty dress! Great job!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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:iconitaly4eva:
italy4eva Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg so pretty! I love the colors of the dress! :3
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :3
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:iconceraceratopian:
ceraceratopian Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Gorgeous!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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:iconmazdi:
Mazdi Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Oh gosh, you are so gorgeous and so is your dress!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! <3
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:iconmazdi:
Mazdi Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
This should have been taken in a lush woods setting though!! Or a meadow! :)
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jose1002 Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like how the drapes look like the yellow petal of the narcissus, the attribute of the myth.
Looks really pretty XD
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You know, I never considered that! All I was doing was replicating from another piece of artwork, but now I can see a greater connection to the myth. Thank you for the observation and comment!
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Yagamiseven Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
this is good
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks, I'm glad you think so! <3
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:iconghosttownsend:
GhostTownsend Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you should do costume design for hollywood, this is fantastic
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hahah, thanks!
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:iconghosttownsend:
GhostTownsend Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome
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:icondust-bunny:
dust-bunny Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This costume is so gorgeous, and you look amazing in it. The colors just sing spring, and the design is light and airy. Love this!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! <3
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:iconklytae:
klytae Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This is really just so gorgeous.
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm glad you approve! <3
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:iconmanadarkmagiciangirl:
ManaDarkMagicianGirl Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
OMG you looks so splendid!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :3
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:iconmanadarkmagiciangirl:
of course!!
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:iconyuuri-k:
Yuuri-K Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
I love the color of this costume so much, I like your take on how Persephone would have looked in her youth~ The wig looks so real!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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:iconyuuri-k:
Yuuri-K Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
you're welcome c:
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:iconroodaka777:
roodaka777 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
cute
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :3
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:iconollons:
Ollons Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Love how symmetrical the shot is. Also, can feel the subtle emotion of helplessness that the goddess would feel as the enforced queen of the damned; or am I reading too much into it? I don't think I am because you, my dear, are an artist.
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It was more an attempt to replicate the original artwork that I used as inspiration for my costume -- [link] -- but since you mention it, I did always get that submissive/helpless vibe from the artwork, so it must have unintentionally played into my posturing while I was in-costume. Thank you for being so perceptive!
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AngelSamui Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What beautiful fabrics you chose. Your headdress reminds me of Ozma.
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It DOES look like Ozma's a bit, doesn't it? I had never thought about it before, LOL. Thank you for the comment! :3
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tokidoki-loki Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I really love that you took inspiration from an Amano artwork and the color choices you made. Persephone was always one of my favorite goddesses and your interpretation of her is just wonderful!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much for the sweet comment! <3 I love working from Amano illustrations and was happy to find a design of his that seemed suited to Persephone.
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tokidoki-loki Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem! :D I've never had a chance to make anything based off an Amano design, but hopefully someday! I like how you can so creative and fabulous things with his artwork :3
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UtakatatheSlug Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful as always <3
and in comparison with the other photo of it, I would most defiantely agree that wig is a lot nicer x3
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hahah, yes, I hated that other wig. It was very begrudgingly that I even uploaded a single photo of it. n__n;
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blitzacetidus Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You are so stinkin beautiful!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Naw, I just work with some amazing photographers! But thank you! :3
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Phorensic Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is lovely! I saw this costume in person at Katsucon, and now I'm so unhappy that I didn't say anything! I was actually too busy commenting to my sister about how pretty your scarves looked!
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aw, next time you should introduce yourself! I'm really shy in-person, so I promise I don't bite. :3 Thank you for the comment!
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m-squaredphotography Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Love the way the layers are draped out to fill the photo!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! We were trying to replicate the artbook page.
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:iconwhit-whit:
whit-whit Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
This is an amazing photo of you! I've always been obsessed with Greek mythology so seeing it represented in cosplay is amazing :3
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I know, I wish more people would cosplay from mythology. There's so much that can be done!
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Ambrosia-Rose Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
I llllllloooove this on you.
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