Princess Zelda

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess



This costume was a nightmare, but I must say, I learned a lot while making it (not to mention the art of patience!) The dress has eight kick pleats, and is made out of ivory bridal satin. The bodice is a lovely purple taffeta, and the gloves were made out of two way stretch moleskin suede.

All of the designs on the dress, apron/panel, gloves, and bodice were embroidered and then beaded. It took forever!!! For example, I outlined each of the designs on the bottom of the dress with tiny gold seed beads, and filled the designs with crystal ones. It was...painstaking. And it's really heavy (but in a satisfying way!)

The tiara, "breastplate", and belt were made out of good, old fashioned sculpy. I highly recommend purchasing sculpy tools if you want to get good results with that stuff! It was a pretty fun medium to work with, as it turned out.

The armor, possibly the largest pain in the butt of this costume (other than the wig), was made out of a cardboard base, which was cast in paper mache. Then, I glued cording to the base, covered THAT in paper mache, and finally coated everything with lots and lots of paper clay. When I was done with these preliminary steps, the fun task of sanding everything down, touching up places that were lacking in paper clay, painting, and antiqueing came about. This was a painful process, to say the least. I used a special type of powdered metal that you can mix using water (I think) to create paint (my mom is a professional muralist, otherwise I wouldn't know about this stuff). It created a nice, shimmery effect. Finally, I coated my armor with polyurethane, which not only protects it from the elements, but adds the the whole "glimmery, armor effect). I'm happy with the way my armor turned out! The lower pieces are connected with hinges that I hand-made out of wire, so my armor actually moves and is very flexible.

The wig is a monstrosity; it has tons and tons of hair extensions sewn into the back of it. The two "braids" (even though they aren't braids) in the front were tricky. This will probably not make much sense, but I had to thread yarn through the base of the wig, make felt bases to attach to the yarn, and then cover everything with hair extensions. And put hair extensions in the front of the wig. Not fun...

Um, what else...there's so much to say about this costume...I made the sword in two days; it was really easy. Um...I'm 5'10" in this costume...oh, I bought my elf ears from Aradani studios (though I painted them separately)! Their products are amazing! I highly recommend them! There's probably more, but I can't really think of anything else right now, lol.


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Last Updated 9 years ago
Created 10 years ago
Series The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Character Princess Zelda


Link_20 Your cosplay looks amazing! ^_^

CorsicaxMarseil +Beautiful Zelda~! How did you make the white top-like structures for her hair?:0

Rekkusu My goodness this is amazing, and those photos are to die for!

MostDecentThing *Favorite*

Zeldy I LOVE IT!

Sisshi You make me feel so much better about my choosing to crewel stitch Zelda's and Telma's aprons. And should I have enough time I plan to bead the entire bottom details of Zellie's dress. It looks amazing and you can definately see all the time and effort that went into it.

Sheik Chan I think you're my favorite Zelda so far. O.O

CarolChunLi This is the BEST Zelda cosplay I've ever saw in my life!

Tatl That's very good Zelda!

*Phoenix_Fire* holy F****** God! Ur amazing!

Schattenflamme beautiful Zelda =)

Seifer-sama Your costume looks fantastic and has always been an inspiration for mine. (I don't have the patience or the skill for all that bead work though!) Thank you also for your comments on my own costume. :)

Kacey The costume from HELL that was totally worth it, eh? ...well, maybe. haha <3

ilusiorama Dear God, this is the best Zelda cosplay I've ever saw!

Wuffin amazing!

rayna this is beautiful! your work really shows :D

yamibakura666 jesus!!! youre a knockout!!!!

Hero of Hyrule you could be my favorite Zelda! nice!

Mishiko *__* You are mi favourite Zelda so far!! amazing work!!:D

Cesar Barba As others have mentioned, your costume is just amazing, great detail work on the dress, a lot of hard work I am sure. Best Princess Zelda I've ever seen.