Navi (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time) - Cosplay of the WeekJohn Llewellyn Martin |
If you've ever played The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (otherwise known as one of the greatest games in existence), then chances are that you remember your trusty, albeit sometimes annoying fairy companion, Navi. The little blue sprite helped you find treasure and battle monsters, but now she's our Cosplay of the Week.
Navi the fairy was sent by the Great Deku Tree to help Link fulfill his destiny and rid the land of evil. Though she was small in stature, she was big in heart. Navi helped Link throughout every dungeon, field and boss fight. She'd often tell Link to look or listen to something important in the environment, prompting him to check it out. Of course, all of her yelling wasn't always well-received and a lot of players found her constant alerts irksome, but we still appreciated her assistance.
This is Ms. Ventress, a cosplayer from the Canada who has conceptualized and crafted her own version of the famous fairy. According to Ms. Ventress herself, she, "took inspiration from other Legend of Zelda character designs and of nature." After perusing the Hyrule Historia book, she wanted to incorporate symbols that represented the Kokiri and the Great Deku Tree in the costume design. Her original Navi design is also supposed to invoke the image of a firefly and its bioluminescence, which is why she's added some LED lights to the bustle.
As for the costume itself, it is made out of a light blue/grey dupioni silk, overlaid with layers of glitter and spiderweb netting. The bodice is made out of an altered dress pattern and the bustle was a custom job. The entire outfit is meant to feature a light-to-dark gradient from top to bottom. In this respect, we think she did an amazing job.
She made the bits of armor and that nifty headpiece out of worbla. Apparently this was her second time working with the material, which she said was, "fun and challenging to use." We give it full marks! Not only do these pieces look great, but they seemed to be the most intricate parts of the outfit.
She said, "I designed the armor in Adobe Illustrator first to get the right size for my arms and legs. These where spray and hand-painted as well as coated with a prism-gloss automotive paint. The armor was attached to the arm and leg wraps by rare earth magnets, so they would look 'magically' attached."
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