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The Maiden. by cupcake-rufflebutt The Maiden. 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's 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 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 bits and bobs 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 life 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] | GODDESS OF SPRING
[link] | PERSEPHONE

Special Request:
Please no critiques/criticism; I'd like to keep this gallery happy! :3
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:iconcj-db:
CJ-DB Featured By Owner May 23, 2012   Traditional Artist
Beautiful :)
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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:iconconnorcat:
ConnorCat Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
Wow! Beautiful work!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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:iconconnorcat:
ConnorCat Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
You're very welcome!
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:iconsweetbunnymonster:
SweetBunnyMonster Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
wow its beautiful
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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:icontokidoki-loki:
tokidoki-loki Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I just adore this costume! SO so pretty!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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:iconobsidian-fracture:
Obsidian-Fracture Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Beauuuutiful *w*
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you, sir! <3
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:icondestiniesentwined:
DestiniesEntwined Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
I went and googled images to see what you were emulating. I found one image in particular that was reminiscent of this picture...wonderful job, as always!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! You may have already seen it, but if you look at the image description, I've left a link to the Yoshitaka Amano illustration my costume is largely based on. :3
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:icondestiniesentwined:
DestiniesEntwined Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
funny, that's the pic I ended up finding! love it.
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:iconnoplaceforhideo:
Noplaceforhideo Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student General Artist
oh wow! You're sooo beautiful :3 You remind me of Kyrie (DMC4 ;D). Such innocent and purity. You captured this very well ;) well done on this one >w<
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! <3
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:iconnoplaceforhideo:
Noplaceforhideo Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Surrre :3 im happy to give compliments to those who truyl deserve them
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:iconsarahalexis13:
Sarahalexis13 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool XD!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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:iconsarahalexis13:
Sarahalexis13 Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
np XD!
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:icondokudel:
Dokudel Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
So elegant in this photo, why are you so pretty? :3
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Good lighting and a good photographer make all the difference! :D
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:iconsailorodango:
SailorOdango Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Gorgeous. You look absolutely gorgeous. Great job.
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:iconsailorodango:
SailorOdango Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
You are very welcome. :)
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:iconambrosia-rose:
Ambrosia-Rose Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
I still really REALLY love this on you.
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you, that means a lot! <3
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:iconfayina-kei-sancia:
Fayina-Kei-Sancia Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Very nice - looks just like Amano's illustration (I love his work) and the interpretation is perfect.

I would like to see a Queen of the Underworld variation at some point, though ;P
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! If you read my image description, I mention wanting to do a darker version of Persephone. Whether I ever find the time for it, who knows.
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:iconfayina-kei-sancia:
Fayina-Kei-Sancia Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
You're welcome! :D
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:iconalesaenz:
alesaenz Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Beautiful shot!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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:iconazurimi:
Azurimi Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Your new wig is so beautiful!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :3
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:iconkirkysworld:
Kirkysworld Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Looking at this now, the look you've achieved genuinely seems to embody the goddess you chose :-)

I'm whelmed by this pic, great work
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for the kind words! <3
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