Red-- Transistor Cosplay Write-Up!
One of my favorite costumes I've ever done, from my absolute favorite game, is Red from Transistor! I absolutely love Red's character, and it was super fun to try to capture her emotions in the game and translate them into real life, along with the feelings of the game in the colors and poses. I was really excited to work with Joe for this photoshoot after stalking his page for years and being friend with him on Facebook. I love the lighting of his photos and the way he focuses on the cosplayer, and I think we did a really good job of making the feelings of Transistor shine through.
I wore this costume first to Katsucon 2015, but instead of her in-game costume, I wore her long dress without the coat and without the Transistor. The first con I brought the full cosplay to was PAX East, where I met the devs of Transistor, Supergiant Games, and they all loved the costume! They were all so super nice, and gave me some free merch from their store, including a poster that they all signed for me! They also signed my Transistor, on the inside where I put the battery packs for the LED lights! It makes the prop feel so special to me, kind of like the devs were a part of it. It was an amazing experience to meet the people who made one of my favorite game characters while I was cosplaying her.
I also got to play Pyre while I was there, and I'm super ready for that game to come out. It is so mechanically smooth and satisfying and the music is pretty and the characters are gorgeous!
The Transistor was by far the hardest thing to make, in this costume. My dad and I worked together to help it some to life! We used plexiglass for the sword itself and used a Dremel to etch all the designs into the glass. For the first version, we used pink foam to make the red "eyes" and put LEDs behind them, but in my second version I instead cast the "eyes" out of resin to look more like it belonged. I made the gold side pieces from foam and glued them to the sides of the blade, using some clear plexiglass between the pieces to make them look like they were floating. The hilt is made from wood (which is super sturdy and super heavy) and PVC pipe for the details. There are even LED lights inside!
The costume itself is made from a plethora of different materials; simple cotton for the skirt and triangular details, spandex leather for the corset, upholstery leather for the jacket, and LOTS of feathers for the collar. I kept the collar standing up by making its base out of some very thin cardboard I took from a soda can box, painted it white, and glued a bunch of feathers to it. I made her ring out of clay, painted it with nail polish so it looked very shiny and metallic like real gold, and attached it to a ring base I had from an old ring I never wore anymore.
I didn't wear a wig for this costume, which in hindsight makes it really hard to put back on if I ever want to wear it again! I cut and dyed my hair to look like Red's.
I think this costume will go down in history as one of my favorite cosplays I've ever made. It's certainly not perfect, and looking at photos I can see lots of thing I wish I had done differently or fixed up, but I'm so happy with how it ended up looking and that I was able to do my favorite game justice.