So much is happening I can’t keep up! But let’s talk about my most recent costume.
This isn’t the first time I’ve shown this costume! It was created for the Wastelander’s Ball which I wrote about back in March. However I never got any good, detailed photos of the costume and I never talked about the creation process, so that’s where we’ll start today. Before we get into my costume, I just want to point out my girlish excitement that the official Blood Drive Instagram noticed and re-grammed Allyn’s Julian Slink costume. Talk about a COOL FREAKING MOMENT.
Enough about him let’s talk about me. So, one thing a lot of people don’t know is that I dressed up as a female Caesar with my own special flair, for Salt Lake Comic Con back in 2014. It was a last minute pipe dream that I somehow slobbed together and it wasn’t a great fantastic getup, but I really just wanted to dress up and meet some Fallout fans. I don’t think anyone knew who I was and I had just moved back from Sweden so I was very much a loner and didn’t talk to anyone or meet up. The costume was held together with glue and hope, as my skill level was really poor, but I still enjoyed it. So I guess we can say this costume was the precursor to my Priestess. When I look back on it, it had so much potential, but my poorness+lack of skill+throwing it together last minute to the Benny Hill theme is what made me stop any further progress or development for years.
I started thinking about an elaborate Legion costume when I knew I was going to take Allyn to the Wastelander’s Ball. It’s “formal apocalypse” wear, and I knew I wanted a huge sweeping dramatic skirt and a big headdress. The Legion is the only faction that can really pull off something like that in New Vegas, so I started making some ideas. The game mentions priestesses of the Legion and I suppose all of my Nordic/Celtic/Germanic medieval pagan vibes worked their way into this look. A few drawings later and I had everything in mind. We bought the supplies and began work in February.
The biggest challenge was honestly, my post partum body. I spent months fluctuating weight, being a bigger weight than I ever have been in my life, hating my body, and on top of that searching for a fluffy ballgown dress. That was the second biggest challenge, ha! The dress. I found what I needed at the thrift store, but it was white and needed to be dyed red. Like, bloody Legion red. As you can see above, this fabric did NOT take well to the idea of red. We had a good laugh, a mild panic, and hesitantly decided to try spray paint.
It worked like a charm. It even gave the dress a weirder, firmer texture that just suits the apocalypse so well, almost like the dress is an old relic that’s been burned or charred. The other big project was the headdress and we played around with ideas of what to put on it; I wanted some type of animal skull but most of the ones in the desert are so dry rotted they crumble when you do anything with them. We were toying with other ideas when Allyn took out an old creepy metal mask he’d put together long before we met.
It was like the missing gemstone in a temple lock or something, it fit so well. I was stunned at how I instantly looked very “Legion” with the headdress. Once the headdress and the main dress were finished, it was smooth sailing. I painted the cape, we weathered the clothing, and while I slept feverishly in a hotel in Primm, Nevada, Allyn put together the remainder of my codpiece.
It looks amazing and I think it might be my favorite part of the costume. I do intend to embellish it more in the days to come, but this is a great starting point. There’s a bit of lore here, and the codpiece design was all my idea. In the older, scrapped Fallout stories, there exists a tribe called the 80’s who roam the remains of Interstate 80 through Salt Lake City, sometimes on motorcycles. They’re described as vicious and identify their rank based on the signs they wear–of course, the prized blue and red interstate 80 denotes a special member. I live right next to 80, so it was only fitting that my priestess kept a bit of her home tribe with her after assimilating into the Legion!
From here it’s just adding more details and finding a makeup routine I like! But I’m pleased so far, and not only is this bad boy going to be entered into Fanx’s cosplay contest this year, but I have a special “version” of it planned for Zombie Prom…….stick around!