Sunday, 3 December 2017

COSPLAY | ELISA (THE SHAPE OF WATER)


I'm back with another cosplay, one I feel like I've been teasing for a while because I've been working on this one for some time. I'm sure most of you will know how much I have fallen in love with Guillermo del Toro's latest film: The Shape of Water. Since I saw it at London Film Festival in October, my feelings for it seem to have developed from appreciation to downright obsession. Of course Sally Hawkins' brilliant portrayal of the mute janitor Elisa Esposito had a lot to do with that, if you're familiar with me at all then you'll know my penchant for quiet yet strong female characters. I thought it would be awesome if I could be the first to cosplay her but alas during Halloween I saw a girl on twitter beat me to the punch (unfortunately I can't remember her handle but the official The Shape of Water twitter retweeted her so you'll find her if you scroll down long enough). Her costume was awesome to say the least, a perfect recreation of Elisa's janitor outfit from top to toe, she most likely handmade it so all kudos to her. Because of this I changed my mind from planning on doing the cosplay on her janitor outfit to the red outfit she wears in the film poster. Having seen the film, I love the particular significance and meaning behind this outfit so I'm glad about my decision. Only thing is, there aren't any clear shots of this look in any of the trailers nor promotional photos and I cursed myself for not making more of a mental note when I was watching the movie. I remembered the matching red coat, headband and shoes for sure but couldn't recall any other details like what she was wearing underneath. In a stroke of luck it seems the actual costume of this look has wound up being displayed in a cinema in the US and I found a photo of it floating around on twitter. From there I could see the grey dress and jumper and realised that she also wore a butterfly pin on her lapel.


It was relatively easy sourcing items of clothing that looked quite similar on the highstreet. The coat is from Warehouse, the shirt (collar peaking underneath) from Uniqlo, the jumper from Mango, the skirt from Zara, and the pumps from ASOS. The red headband I found on Etsy along with this wig, which took the longest to arrive and is the reason why I couldn't put this cosplay together until now. Looking back, it's still too long compared to Elisa's bob in the film. I thought curling the ends in would shorten it and I didn't have time to trim it but I definitely want to before this cosplay's next outing. The final touch was the butterfly pin which I made using a butterfly patch from Primark which I sliced in half, painted and stuck wire antennas on to make it film accurate. And that's all it took for Elisa's look! However I somehow wanted to incorporate the Asset/creature/fishman because I think it's an integral part of turning this look from vintage lady to something recognisably Elisa (not that I was assuming everyone would know it as the film isn't even properly out yet). Unfortunately I failed to bribe any of my friends (here's when a boyfriend would come in handy) to don a full body fish suit so I thought the next best thing would be a little doll. I don't know if they're planning on releasing any TSOW merch but as I couldn't find anything online yet, I opted for this plushie from The Creature From The Black Lagoon from eBay that I proceeded to dye blue. If I were more confident in my painting abilities I would've attempted to put yellow details on his little body and eyes but I was  too scared to ruin it. Perhaps next time.


Despite how simple this was, it's one of my favourite cosplays I've ever done. Furthermore, when I posted it on social media and thought nobody would recognise it, The Shape of Water official twitter account, Fox Searchlight, Doug Jones (who plays the Amphibian Man in the film) all liked it and then director Guillermo del Toro proceeded to retweet it! I'm still so overwhelmed to think that they've all seen my cosplay. Anyway, I've heard the film is being released in the US this week so I urge all my American friends to see this beautiful fairytale, it's already cemented itself as one of my favourite films of all time already. Apparently UK friends will have to wait till February but it will be totally worth it, trust me!


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  1. I must see this because it sounds amazing and you looked brilliant!! So cool as well that your post was retweeted, it's great when stuff like that is appreciated. xx

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