Mipha from The Legend of Zelda : Breath of the Wild : bambilashesdesign
I specifically designed this cosplay to wear to the Cosplay Met Gala event at Katsucon 2020. l decided this was a perfect opportunity for me to cosplay Mipha since I love her original design but it wasn’t my style of costume to create. So, I jumped at the chance to redesign it into an outfit I would love to make and have a ton of fun with!
This cosplay was a great opportunity for me to get creative and experiment – since it was my own design, accuracy wasn’t an issue! At the same time, I had set myself some challenges. I wanted as dramatic a mermaid tail effect as possible, so I ended up constructing a knee-down hoopskirt to get the right shape! One of my favourite parts of the whole build was the embellishment, since I let myself go all out in attaching beads, rhinestones and sequins wherever I pleased. The shinier the better!
I first found cosplay years ago when I tagged along with my best friend to a convention here in Ireland, wayyyy back in 2008. Our con scene was absolutely tiny at the time – in my first year, the convention I went to was the only one in Dublin and had an attendance of about 800!
When I cosplayed for the first time the following year, it was in a bought costume and it was definitely just so I could run around with my friends! It wasn’t until about five years ago that I switched to making all my cosplays, and the con scene has exploded here since.
Mipha was the last costume I got to debut at a convention, back when it was safe to do so. Looking back at this cosplay reminds me that sooner or later, we’ll all be back to cosplaying together. For now, it’s okay to just be crafting at home, because it’s not forever!
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