This week's Cosplay Wednesday features Charlavalamp Cosplay from the UK! She is here to show us not one but TWO costume versions of Elizabeth: Elizabeth's second outfit in Bioshock Infinite (image: left), and one in Burial at Sea (image: center). Bioshock Infinite starts in 1912, where Elizabeth is a beautiful 19 year old girl imprisoned in a sky city called Comstock and protected by a gigantic robotic-like bird, Songbird. She isn't a playable character, but is a very strong and valuable companion for Booker DeWitt (the player) throughout the game, and can manipulate tears in the fabric of space-time. Not only that, but she loves to travel, loves to read, and is very compassionate. Enter the Burial at Sea DLC, where her appearance and her personality shifts to a more mature yet colder and revenge-like trait for reasons that you would probably have to play the game to find out ;) With that, we see that Charlavalamp Cosplay did an excellent job cosplaying Elizabeth and portraying the personality that we see in both Bioshock Infinite and Burial at Sea. The blood and make up is right on the spot too for her Burial at Sea cosplay! This is from a scene from the game where... well you'll just have to play it to find out. =P
Cosplayer: Charlavalamp Cosplay (Facebook, DeviantArt, Twitter)
Cosplay: Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite
Series: Bioshock Infinite & Burial at Sea game
Photographer: Shaolee Cosplay
Editor: Charlotte Lawrence Arts & Photography (Myself)
Tell us about this cosplay!
1. How long have you been cosplaying?
Well my first cosplay was completed when I was 8 years old with the help of my mother, which was for a small anime/manga event at my local bookstore. I was dressed as Mew Ichigo from Tokyo Mew Mew and ended up winning the cosplay competition. There were another 10-15 other people who entered, all a lot older than me; although of course I think it was the young, cute factor that made me win, not necessarily the cosplay itself haha! It's only in the last year that I've decided to take my cosplaying more seriously where I've edited them to look more professional and am planning to create my own costumes and props. I was doing it on and off in the previous years. I'm also 18 years old now :)
2. Why did you choose this cosplay?
I chose Elizabeth because Bioshock Infinite is in my personal top 3 favourite games of all time. I'm in love with the complexity of the story and especially Elizabeth's character as a whole. I can relate to her in a way because I've only just re-entered the cosplay community and networked with lots of people in the last year, and it feels like freedom from the person I was before. Those who have played the game will know that a big part of Bioshock Infinite is about freedom and being trapped. I cosplay both the Burial at Sea version and the normal version of Elizabeth, and I'm hoping to complete her first outfit at some point in the future too!
3. How long did it take to complete?
This one didn't take so long because most of the items were bought, like the skirt/wig/blouse. I modified the arms and the collar myself however, as well as styled the wig. I would say no longer than a week with on and off working on it.
4. What was the hardest part when constructing it?
Definitely the collar area, especially making sure the brooch looked accurate as well as the lines on the top. The bloodied Elizabeth make-up also took a while.
5. What do you love most about this cosplay?
I really love how my concluding edit turned out for this, and am proud at how I was able to set quite a dark atmosphere with the photo; even though the original was shot in my friends garden. Of course Photoshop shouldn't be overused, but it can really give a cool photo that extra visual impact!
6. Are you debuting this at a convention? If you already have, which convention?
I should be able to debut this cosplay at LFCC (London Film and Comic Con) on the 12th July! ^_^
7. What's your next cosplay project?
I'll be working on Demon Homura Akemi from Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Daedric Armour from Skyrim and the Puppeteer from Assassin's Creed IV for MCM Comic Con in London (October 2014). I'm also going to be working on creating some vigor props from Bioshock Infinite to use in more shoots with my Elizabeth cosplay :)
We can't wait to see more of your new cosplays as well as some prop work!!
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