French cosplay never ceases to catch the eye of the audience. Sikay showed us how to play the perfect Alita, and also how to switch smoothly from a plugsuit or an impressive Styria costume to a playful My Little Pony outfit. To her, cosplay is fun, and this is why she prefers cosplaying in a group along with her friends. She also loves video-games; and what a better homage could she bring to her favorite game than appearing onstage as Mario?
What was the most difficult costume you’ve ever made? Can you describe a bit the creation process?
My most difficult cosplay was Styria, one of the two Shiva sisters from FF XIII. It was my first big armor, made of evazote, and also the first time I wore a helmet and high heels of 45 cm, and strange face integral makup. The creation process it’s super long to describe; I think that the most difficult thing was to adapt strange proportions to our normal body size, so we calculated all the dimensions. After we began the simple parts of the armor (to give us courage), and after we thought about the way to make the pipe shoes, we took some boots and had a Plexiglas structure fixed on them to make them transparent (to look invisible), and, to be honest, it was not really safe. The second really difficult part for me was to find a way to fix the helmet, because the weight made it go down; so I put aluminum bars to consolidate the structure.
Sikay (right) as Styria (Final fantasy XIII). Photo by Nakana
You’ve been cosplaying as a lot of characters. Among these, what do you consider your favorite and why?
My favorite character is Mario, because it was my most funny experience in cosplay, it’s a really comfortable suit also, and it made all my friends laugh when they saw me in it. It was a sort of homage to my first video game and the beginning of my little geek lifestyle.
Dark Elf Sorceress (Warhammer Online). Photo by Andy Julia
Cattleya (Sakizou’s Works). Photo by Andy Julia
Sheherazade (Trinity Blood). Photo by Nakana
Rainbow Dash (My Little Pony, original version). Photo by Omaru
Your characters cover a very wide range, from games, to anime, manga, Disney movies, even original designs. How do you usually choose your characters?
It depends of a lot of things. First, I need an idea of a stage performance or photo-shoot to go with it (like for my Dark Elf Sorceress or Emeraude). Secondly, I prefer making cosplay groups with friends (that was the case for My Little Pony, Super Mario, xxx HOLiC), so sometimes it’s because they propose me groups I really like. Or sometimes it’s simply because I’m a big fan of the character and its design (Sailor Moon, Gally)
Ayanami Rei (Neon Genesis Evangelion). Photo by Omaru
Miss Marvel (Marvel Comics). Photo by Omaru
What was your most difficult challenge in costume-making? And how did you manage to get it done?
Rei Ayanami plugsuit was a challenge. It was made in one month or something like that, especially to go to Mexico City, where I was invited along with Nikita. So it was a challenge looking quite simple, but not so easy to do, the plug needed to be very close to the body, without any plait and with lots of little details. So I did a base, and after that I retouched it on my body something like 10 times, making it increasingly smaller. I had to put black piping for cut details, then I began sewing at the machine, and after two failed attempts I stitched it by hand. I’m not really satisfied with the final effect for the shoulder, but it’s the 3rd version of it!
Steampunk Lady (original design). Photo by Photogeny
What is the next character you want to cosplay as?
My next project is for a new cosplay ball in France. The theme is “contes de fees” (“fairytales”) so I decided to wear Red from Once Upon a Time US series. Because I really like the design and the character, and we’re going to make a big cosplay group. Now I want to make more and more movie and video game cosplays.
Gally (Battle Angel Alita). Photo by Andy Julia