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Character: Aerith Gainsborough (Yoshitaka Amano version) from Final Fantasy VII
Seamstress/Model: Tess [cupcake-rufflebutt]
Photography/Editing: Kevin [SolarTempest]
Location: Katsucon 2009

Construction Notes:
Aerith as a personification of Mother Earth interests me very much. I've always felt Aerith's role transcends what we see of her in the game. After her death she becomes "one with the Lifestream" - a spiritual figure, a symbol of the life of the Planet. This symbolism continues in Advent Children when Kadaj and Cloud both refer to her as "Mother." It has now been several years since I constructed this costume, but looking back on it, I was very much influenced by these ruminations throughout the process. I love that this photo depicts Aerith as a protector of the Planet, though I'm sure that was never our intent when we were shooting outside in super windy, below-freezing weather!

Other Amano Aerith Uploads:
[link] | I'LL COME BACK
[link] | BREATH OF THE EARTH
[link] | LAST OF THE CETRA
[link] | PURE HEART
[link] | WHITE MAGE
[link] | AMANO AERITH CONCEPT ART

Special Request:
Please no critiques/criticism; I'd like to keep this gallery happy! :3
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:iconponchki:
ponchki Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
A beautiful costume. I love the colours of this.
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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Space-Invader Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
Aww, you did the harem pants version! I love it!

I need to finish my Amano Aerith... it's been sitting in one of my cabinets for, oh, 3 or 4 years? lol
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you, that means a lot coming from you! I would LOVE to see your take on Amano Aerith - please do finish it someday! <3
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animeluver1029 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
Probably one of my favorites out of your cosplays. :heart:
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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:iconrydiavalentine:
RydiaValentine Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So beautiful!
I don't know if I said it before in another photo, but your Amano Aerith is my favorite!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I'm so glad to hear you like it. :3
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:iconladyterentia:
LadyTerentia Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Amaaaaazing! So beautiful!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :3
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:iconmindfall:
MindFall Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You always do Amano versions justice! Very nice pose and expression, and the photograph/(er) is clutch as well. Love it!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you, sir! <3
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:iconblackmagedark:
BlackMageDark Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
Such a gorgeous Amano Aerith cosplay!! You did such an amazing job ^^!!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! <3
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:iconetaru:
etaru Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
This is gorgeous! The wind is a beautiful touch, and I love the colors here <3
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you, dear! <3
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:iconbalthierflare:
BalthierFlare Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
This is such a beautiful costume!

It is very cool to think of Aerith as Mother Earth. I've never thought of her that way before, but it makes sense. :)
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah, I think I've been getting into Greek mythology a little too much lately! It's interesting to ponder the archetypal connections between FF characters and mythological characters. I definitely see Aerith as a Demeter or Hestia.
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BalthierFlare Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
Woah....Demeter is such a good fit. *.*
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TheIronWillAlchemist Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Wow! Amazing and beautiful, as always!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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atpinball Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
It looks great!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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