Character: Louise Françoise Le Blanc de la Vallière | ルイズ・フランソワーズ・ル・ブラン・ド・ラ・ヴァリエール
Series: The Familiar of Zero | Zero no Tsukaima | ゼロの使い魔
Debut: Anime Weekend Atlanta 2009
Partner: Tham (Saito)
Awards: Journeyman – Best Anime – Anime Weekend Atlanta 2009
Louise is one of my favorite characters, and this costume was a dream of mine for a while. It was created in about two months. This was my first time making a ballgown, doing historical research, and competing in a cosplay contest as individual.
I made everything except the hoop skirt, and used historical patterns for the main garments. The skirts have French seams and blind stitch hems. The bodice alone took about 20 hours total. It has a total of 4 layers: outer shell fabric (bridal satin) with sheer overlay, structure layer (duck cloth), and lining (pink cotton). It is fully boned and laces up in the back. All the ruffles were handmade from crepe fabric, gathered, & stitched by hand. The gloves were made out of a matte spandex with my own drafted pattern. Gold accessories are craft foam shaped with heat and adorned with self-casted gems. Wig is styled into a ponytail and secured with a claw clip. Latest version of the wig is from eBay (Cosplay-Wig), with the bangs lightly styled for fluff. Contact lenses are from Pinky Paradise.