[♔] - a king betrayed
four things loki screams at thor in the dark world
what do you mean these aren’t loki
[♔] - a king betrayed
To be fated to lose. To know destiny itself the architect of my torment. Can it be true? To be Loki to be without hope? And if so… To whom can a god appeal for mercy?
- Loki Laufeyson [Loki Vol. 1, Part 2.]
When I decided to do a Loki costume, I’ll admit, I wasn’t familiar with the comics. I just wasn’t really a comics girl growing up (I was REALLY sheltered- no kids at my tiny school read comics outside of say, The Far Side or Calvin & Hobbes). So I knew, vaguely, about the character of Lady Loki, but when I started my extensive research, wasn’t really a fan of her whole ensemble. Costumes designed by comic artists can look fabulous on paper, but just don’t translate well. The Asgardian costumes designed by Alexandra Byrne, however, were extremely appealing. The armor, the interweaving fabrics, all the little details were just fascinating to me. In fact, this was one of those costumes that the more research I did (and oh boy, did I research), the more excited I got.
My research started out with Hiddleston’s Avengers costume, but progressed into the history of the Lady Loki in the comics, which moved on to Sif in the films. I also researched other designers’ weird/otherworldly costumes, like Susan Hilferty’s “Wicked” and the elves from “Lord of the Rings” (see: interweaving fabrics/metals), as well as Alexander McQueen’s final collection. It doesn’t mean I incorporated those designers’ elements, but that’s how my brain works: I want to explore every possible design avenue.
So, yeah. After much much much research, and tons of sketching, I finally came up with a Lady Loki design that incorporated elements from both comic- and movie-verse Loki, as well as movie Sif. The complete breakdown is all up there in the sketch. I spent A LOT of time researching, y’all.
Some things were happy accidents: I was having the worst possible time settling on a skirt design. I ended up accidentally adding those center panels made out of the patterned leather & gold maille…stuff, and it’s probably one of my favorite parts of the whole shebang. Overall, this whole costume process was waaaay more organic than my usual MO, and while that made it waaaay more stressful, it also made the finished product that more satisfactory.
I’m waiting (hoping) for a good snow day around here so I can take her out and get some actual pictures, but for now, these will have to suffice.
Our Dragon*Con group was all gender-bent Avengers, but unfortunately for our shenanigans, our Littlest Hulk & Coulson couldn’t make it this year. However, as sirrogue put it: “…you know we’ll be back. And in greater numbers.”
Featuring tumblr folks:
Clara Barton / Hawkeye - brightcopperpenny
Sasha Romanov / Black Widower - sirrogue
tl;dr - I spent A LOT of time researching, y’all.
Oh wow, thanks for sharing your process here, very interesting stuff! :D
HE’S SO “MISUNDERSTOOD”
Well Mother, what the war did to my legs and to my tongue,
You should’ve raised a baby girl,
I should’ve been a better son.
part 3 of my loki/daenerys series [x]