The Padawan. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
The Star Wars saga has had a huge impact on my creative passions ever since the first time I watched A New Hope as a small child. It was no surprise that a Star Wars character would make their way into my cosplay lineup.
In the animated The Clone Wars series, audiences are introduced to Ahsoka Tano, a snippy young Togruta who has been assigned as Anakin Skywalker's apprentice. Over time I fell in love with the character and knew I wanted to try to bring her to life. I have multiple versions of Ahsoka costumes, including specific Clone Wars episodes like "Slaves of the Republic" and "Altar of Mortis".
Ahsoka has been, without a doubt, my most complicated costume to date. The headpiece is made from expanding foam, batting, and latex and is lightweight and flexible. The body paint is applied via airbrush. The lightsabers are made from scratch out of PVC parts and craft foam. The tights are custom dyed to match the alcohol-based body paint. The boots, belts, and bracers are made from various types of leather. Hard pieces, such as her crown, are made from Worbla, a pliable thermoplastic.
See my Ahsoka Tano costume in action at the Star Wars Celebration Cosplay Contest, where it took home second place for "Best Likeness"! (starts at 12:24)
I was also extremely lucky to have my Ahsoka featured (five times!) in the Closing Ceremony video for Star Wars Celebration 2017!
COSPLAY FOR A CAUSE
In late 2016, I had my first costume acceptance by the Rebel Legion. Then in early 2018, I was also accepted into the 501st Legion. The Rebel/501st Legions are an international Star Wars costuming organization created by, of, and for people interested in creating costumes from the Star Wars mythos. Members of the Legions research, create, build and improve their costumes in a place where costumers with similar passions share skills, tips and ideas. To become a member, a costume must meet all guidelines set by the organization- the goal is to look as if you've walked off the movie set!
The Rebel Legion, along with their 'bad guy' affiliate, the 501st Legion, have a worldwide membership and choose to give back to their communities through costumed volunteer activities and charity events. No one can provide the public with a greater range of Star Wars costumes, nor a more personable, interactive, face to face experience.
As of 2018, I am proud to say I have four Rebel Legion approved costumes and two 501st approved costumes. I participate in charity troops with the Rebel Legion's Sunrider Base and the 501st's Southern California Garrison.
Click here to see my Rebel Legion profile!
Follow my costume progress online!