February 27, 2014 AT 9:00 am

Alia Atreides and Hayt Duncan Idaho Costumes #Dune

alia and duncan

To say Rachel likes Dune is an understatement. She crafted a kick-ass Alia Atreides costume and helped with her boyfriend’s Hayt Duncan Idaho ensemble. They’ve worn the costumes to DragonCon and met up with others dressed as Dune characters at the cosplay-centric convention. She based the look for her stillsuit on the book and improvised to base the outfit on Alia. It’s a creative and effective take on the character.

Here’s what Rachel had to say about making the costumes:

My stillsuit is sort of just me riffing off the book. I initially wanted it to be “sandy” colored but it just made me look naked so I dyed it darker. Rather than Chani or Jessica I decided to base the costume on Alia Atreides. That’s why I’ve got the “bronze” (red) hair and the hawk headed gom jabbar. I figured Alia’s stillsuit would be a bit decorative, more for show than any real need so I incorporated a corset and left off the hood and breather. The funniest part of that costume is the fact that I made the bikini bottom part out of some silicone oven mitts! I got the asymmetrical robe off of Etsy. I wanted to make sure I didn’t look too “jedi”. My boyfriend, Joey, made me the crysknife. It is the exact dimensions described in the book (the Lynch film props you can buy are much too short) and it is one of my favorite things. Of course I had to do the full sclera contacts. I’m pretty blind so I had to get mine specially ordered and fitted. Had to train myself to wear them but even now I can’t go more than 5 or 6 hours.

Joey’s costume is Hayt Duncan Idaho. He made his own shield belt and the hawk shaped pins but he couldn’t wear the contacts that would give him Hayt Duncan’s machine eyes. I think I was suffering enough for both of us. I altered a coat and pants a bit, added some flourishes and a sword.

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dune costume in progress

See more pics over at Rachel’s Flickr page!

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