Tennyo from Sweden has always loved craftsmanship and games, so to her there was no better combination of the two than cosplay. As a huge fan of fighting games, Blazblue could not be missed. And this is how she discovered Rachel Alucard and wondered how would it be like to impersonate such an out of ordinary character? And this is how her perfectly made Rachel Alucard costume came to life; it was a very serious matter of tailoring and layers, completed with boots-modifying and painting.
As she herself admitted, Tennyo has loved craftsmanship for as long as she could remember. She discovered cosplay through the Internet a few years ago, and, after attending her first convention in a homemade costume, she remained hooked to this hobby. The gaming industry is what inspires most of her costumes, but, of course, that doesn’t exclude anime, fantasy and sci-fi. In her own words, “I can spend hours looking at concept pictures from games, and they never cease to amaze me. As I will never be that good at drawing, I hope that I can use my inspiration to bring some of those concepts to life in a costume”.
Tennyo is a huge fan of fighting game characters. When she gave Blazblue a try, because some of her friends were also into it, Rachel Alucard wasn’t the ordinary type of character she’d seen in games such as Soul Calibur or Tekken. But she loved the concept of that character, and also her noble bitch vampire attitude. “And she had a pig/bat-something and a cat that can metamorphose into an umbrella. Isn’t that just fab?”
Tennyo recounts that “Rachel’s dress was all about tailoring and layers. This included bloomers, crinoline, petticoat, underskirt, top skirt and wings. I’m not the best tailor there is, so this was both fun and challenging. The appliqués are pleather that’s embroidered on with a narrow zigzag stitch. For the boots I bought a pair of ordinary platforms. I removed the heels and painted them with acrylics and sewed a new calf for them. I got the shape that I wanted and they were comfortable to walk in.” She had made only one plushie pattern before Gii (The pigbat) and Nago (Cat umbrella), so she is really happy with how they turned out. She installed a voice module inside Gii’s belly and he says ‘Hime sama’ when you press on his belly-button. His teeth were made of false nails, and his wings were made of the same red pleather as that used for the dress.
She participated at the 2012 edition of the Swedish cosplay championship cosplaying as Rachel Alucard, and won the first prize with this costume. And we are sure to keep an eye on Tennyo’s work in the future also.