This is my version of Puck from A Midsummer Night's Dream. For an independent study in design I was asked to design eight characters from the play, but bringing Puck into concrete reality was a solo project of mine.
She looks absolutely nothing like my costume sketch.
Yes, my Puck is female. I thought it would be a good dynamic between her and Oberon, since every other character seems to be falling in love except for Puck and Oberon. Why not make a little romance? A homosexual relationship would also have been cool, but for selfish reasons I made Puck female--because I wanted to play the character.
I forgot to take photos of this costume as I made it. Oops. I'll describe my process as best I can:
The dress is made of a rayon brocade from Japan and originally intended for making Buddhist monks' vestments. It has a gold sheen. I used the same fabric to do dragon scale smocking on the bodice and sleeves. My cloak and skirt are made of tulle layers, tattered using a soldering iron (this prevents the fabric from fraying). The cloak collar is also brocade, embroidered, and beaded. It attaches to the dress using gold leaf-shaped bracelet clasps.
The wig is a lace fronted Arwen from Arda Wigs. There are about sixty tiny braids worked into the base wig itself. Over a pair of paper clay horns I added two large braids and flower accents. Additionally, there are three gold filigree hair pins and two larger oval pendants sewn at the temples. A scrap of kimono fabric serves as a hair tie in the back.
This costume was completed in December 2013.
Puck won a craftsmanship award in Master division at Arisia 2014.