Kawaii Mayhem

So many people came up to me asking where my fishbowl was! At first I tried politely explaining that I decided not to make the helmet because it was too hot, it was too big to take on a plane, and that I would eventually be making it for a con later this year. But I soon realized that people didn’t stick around to hear my answer, they just wanted something clever to yell as we passed in the hallway! So, I decided to have some fun with it! Sometimes I would pretend like I didn’t know what they were talking about or that I didn’t know who Mysterio was (even though I was dressed as him). Other times I would yell back with quotes from the movie like “I might meet the queen!”. People were either very confused or they got the joke, but either way, I had a lot of fun!

I already really liked Mysterio’s costume design from the comics, but once I saw that first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home I fell in love (it also didn’t hurt that he was played by Jake Gyllenhaal)! I knew I wanted to have Mysterio ready for SDCC because there is always a TON of great Marvel cosplay there, so I pretty much started building it right away!

For the first time ever, I decided to hand make every single piece of my costume. Usually, there are a few things I buy off Amazon and modify, but I wanted Mysterio to be perfect! So I made everything myself – from the gloves, to the boots, to the undersuit, to the cape (and all of the armor of course)! I’m most proud of the work I did on the suit and the cape because I had never made anything similar, so I had to do a lot of research beforehand. For the undersuit, I bought some cheap dark green stretch vinyl online and hand painted the green rectangles and other details using fabric paint.

For the cape, I made the base out of some basic dark red fabric from Joannes, and then designed my own fabric and had it custom printed for the details. I ended up applying each of the detail appliqués by hand – that was definitely the most time consuming and tedious part of the costume, but it was worth it! And the cape still isn’t done – I ran out of time before finishing all of the details and installing the lights, but I’m hoping to have that all finished later this year!

—– Kawaii Mayhem

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