Character: Taiga Aisaka | 逢坂 大河
Series: Toradora! | とらドラ!
Debut: Anime South 2009
Continuing my love of tsundere girls voiced by Kugimiya Rie, I knew Taiga was definitely a character I could easily put together and have a blast cosplaying with some of my best friends. This outfit was pretty easy to sew. I purchased fabric for the entire group so we would be matching. We modified the jacket pattern (based off a vest) together in an afternoon, then worked individually on our costumes. The jacket is made from suiting, and mine is lined in a tiger print for fun! The skirts are a bottomweight / twill, with wide knife pleats. I got my loafers from Target (circa 2009) and thigh high stockings from Sock Dreams. The wig is character-specific, from the eBay shop CosplayWig. For the bokkan, my husband sacrificed one we already owned, spray painted it brown, and I wrapped it in an ace bandage.
For me, the most challenging parts of portraying Taiga are looking pouty/angry without it looking unflattering on camera, and getting creative with poses. I’m actually way taller than the character — about the same as my Minori, and only a few inches short of Ami, so we posed strategically to make me look smaller than I actually am.