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
Variant: School Uniform
Completed: 2008, revamped 2013
Debut: Momocon 2008
Louise is one of my favorite characters of all time, and I have strived to update and rework this costume over the years. The final version is represented in the most recent photoshoot, done in 2013.
The cloak is the only original thing from when I first made the costume in 2008. It’s made from a nice suiting and lined with satin, since Louise is a noble. The brooch has been through three different versions: first with craft foam & a sharpie-drawn star, second with a wooden plaque and a sculpted star, and finally the official COSPA brooch. The skirt and blouse have also been through many different versions and changes. The latest ones are inspired by the manga illustrations. To make the skirt, I custom-dyed some fabric and made box pleats to my measurements. The blouse is one from the thrift store, but I altered it since Louise’s has points on the front, as opposed to a more traditional look. The stockings were purchased from Sock Dreams and shoes from the latest version are from Payless. Louise is definitely supposed to be short, and I’m already a bit tall for her, but the heels are a much more feminine and flattering look. This costume has also been through many different wigs: 1) Cosplay-Wig, 2) Cosplay.com, (both now defunct shops) and finally, Epic Cosplay Wigs. You can read my review of the wig here.