Which of your
Silent Hill costumes is your personal favorite?
I think my
personal favourite Silent Hill costume is my Lisa Garland costume.
I've done quite a few Silent Hill costumes now. Lisa wasn't
the first one that I made, but it was one that tested my drive
to be as accurate as possible with getting the details just
right to do the character as much justice as possible.
Why did you decide to make the costume of Joshua Shepherd?
always wanted to make a Nurse costume from one of the games.
I didn't quite feel ready to make a monster nurse costume and
although at the time when I made this costume I hadn't played
the first Silent Hill game, I was quite familiar with the game
and I grew to really empathize with the tragic character of
Lisa Garland. This costume tested my Cosplay boundaries because
up until this point I mostly Cosplayed younger characters or
Cross-played boys. Cosplaying a more mature character with a
plunging neckline and high heels was definitely a new and exciting
experience for me, which made me more comfortable to later Cosplay
characters like Maria.
long did it take to finish it and how difficult was it?
It took me several months to actually start working on this
costume when I finally settled on making it. The bulk of construction
for this costume was done between January and May 2009. I wore
this costume to Katsucon that year in February and most of the
costume was done for that con. The dress was completed in February
although I messed up the design because I was confused about
the length of her skirt thanks to playing Origins and I made
it too short. I took time after the convention to redo the skirt
part of the dress before I re-wore this costume to a con in
May and I was able to hide the adjustment thanks to the belt.
My mother was kind enough to knit me my wonderful red sweater.
I feel like that element gave the costume a nice small town,
country feel. Knitting the sweater took my mother a few months
so it was only 3/4 of the way done when I wore it to Katsucon.
It was completed during the spring. The costume itself wasn't
that difficult to make. The biggest problem that I had was finding
a base pattern to work off of that had the right style of collar
and basic shape. I ended up combining a couple of patterns and
winging some of the design to get the right look, but I'm thrilled
with the result. I can't thank my mom enough for her help with
my sweater. That aspect of the costume makes it quite special
there any particular thing about the costume that was a bigger
One major challenge with this costume was actually finding a
decent pair of red high heels. It took a couple of months with
a lot of searching in stores and on eBay before I finally found
a pair that was the right style and colour to match hers. Then,
the even bigger challenge was functioning at a convention while
wearing these high heels. I kept trying to find suitable really
low heels or flat red shoes to wear while I was just walking
around, but I never did find a decent pair. The belt on Lisa's
dress was a bit difficult to design because I couldn't accommodate
a functioning belt with the long zipper in the back and type
of fabric that I used. I faked the belt a bit using velcro to
allow it to open up around the back to make it easier to zip
up the dress. Getting a nice curve on the neckline was a also
a bit of a challenge. I had to hunt a bit to find a pattern
with a nice shape that matched Lisa's dress.
else you think is needed to be said about the costume?
Cosplaying Lisa turned out to be a real thrill because the tragic
and yet sweet nature of the character offered me a lot of range
when doing photoshoots. I worked with a really stiff, thick
white fabric (mostly because of worries of opacity), which turned
out to look really nice as a uniform. This costume went through
a couple of revisions, but I couldn't be happier with it and
the fact that my mother knit my sweater for me makes me treasure
this costume. I'm really glad that I Cosplayed Lisa because
this costume opened the door for me to Cosplay Maria from my
favourite game of the franchise, which was something I wouldn't
have had guts to Cosplay as before. I think my Lisa costume
shows a lot about my love for Silent Hill Cosplay and offered
me a lot of inspiration to keep pushing myself to make more
costumes from the game series. It's a real honour to be a part
of the wonderful community that is the Silent Hill Cosplay community.
Everyone is so friendly and excited to share their passion for
the series and support each other. I count myself as being very
lucky to have met so many great people through Silent Hill meets
at conventions and online post-conventions and I look forward
to getting to know more Silent Hill Cosplayers in the future.