"You know the first rule of combat?
Shoot them before they shoot you."
~ Faye Valentine [Cowboy Bebop]
Myself as Faye Valentine. Photos taken by Al [Eurobeat King] at A-Kon 2009. I have a number of glamour/artistic shots of this little number that I can't wait to upload, but I also wanted to post a collage to show the craftsmanship of the costume. The top and shorts are made from a beautiful yellow stretch satin. This was my first time working with stretch tafetta, but I can now safely say it is among my favourite fabrics! [I decided to forego pleather because it just seemed like a headache waiting to happen. Everything I was finding was either TOO neon or too buttery, TOO shiny or too matte, TOO thick or not stretchy enough. Plus I just really love the texture of the tafetta!] The red jacket was a lucky find at Goodwill, and I stripped the buttons and pockets off of it, since Faye's jacket is undecorated. The boots are altered from a pair of white knee-hi boots. Try as I might, I could not find a pair of white boots with both her rounded toe and modest heel, so I was left with two options: pointed toe and correct heel or correct toe and stripper heels. I figured my stumpy legs could use the height, so I went with the latter. ^__^ Various promotional artworks show Faye wearing stockings ranging in colour from violet to white to nude to tan. I chose tan for the same reason I chose a more subdued purple-black for my wig: I was aiming for a more natural look. Speaking of the wig, it functions as a 3/4 wig [ie, it sits back from my hairline]. Borrowing an idea from one of my favourite Faye cosplayers, Dia, I coloured my natural widow's peak purple with an eyeliner pencil and allowed the headband to mask the seam between my own hair and the wig. I have to sincerely thank Jet Texas for the Glock, which happens to be an exact replica of Faye's gun. I had been carrying the wrong gun for my Opera Faye costume the previous year at A-Kon and he was kind enough to bestow upon me the appropriate gun from his own collection. What a swell guy!
Please no critiques/criticism. I'd like to keep this gallery happy! <3