One of cosplayer Yaya Han’s recent projects was Enira the Banshee Queen from Lineage II. She was obsessed with making the character’s costume as soon as she saw her and started gathering materials immediately. Because Enira is tall, Han decided she’d use stilts in order to be able to incorporate as many of the costume details as possible. She said that decision made Enira trickier than any of the other 270+ costumes she’s made. Here are some basics on how she made the entire costume from scratch:
My wig is 2 Arda Wigs combined, which a foam and Worbla base. It’s like a helmet lol! Steel boned corset, custom patterned sleeves with foam backing, a lot of Worbla used on various pieces, made and painted wings, 5 foot long ballgown skirt, tattered with a blow torch, spiderweb skirt is neoprene with Worbla spines, Fred the skeleton and my horns are foam with fast curing plastic brushed over and sealed… I’m sure I’m forgetting something…
All together, about 50 yards of fabric, 100 yards of trims, hundreds of feathers, 1.5 full sheets of Worbla, 14 days of non-stop crafting with 1 – 3 hours of sleep each night, and a very scared Yaya not knowing if she can even walk on stilts with all this weight on.
I have learned a lot of lessons over the years about how to plan out and make costumes, and it felt very out of my element to take on a project that I didn’t feel confident in. There were many variables that could go wrong, and it was an interesting journey to make Enira in such a short amount of time. A big part of me is glad that even after 14 years, I still have a lot to learn and there are tons of projects out there that provide challenges for me. The whole point of being an artist is to keep growing and learning, and I appreciate every lesson.