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Battle Angel Alita by RuffleButtCosplay Battle Angel Alita by RuffleButtCosplay
The wig is two wigs combined. I should be able to post a tutorial for how I merge wigs soon. Alita's hair is rather ridiculous and I wanted mine to be that way. I think it still needs a little more molding though.

All of the armor is craft foam coated with contact cement and covered with spandex. I found a few tutorials on craft foam armor and ended up making a hybrid solution that worked for me. I paid a very large attention to detail. At this point, I know her arms like the back of my hands. Both top and bottom pieces attach by snaps. Elbow and knee pieces attach via velcro.

Catsuit is made by me with wet look spandex. Undershirt is made of the same spandex that coats the armor.

Not really sure what else to say. Very VERY labor intense. It pays off if you take the time to do it well though.

Person thoughts:
Battle Angel Alita was the first manga I ever read. I was into anime at a really young age, but didn't get into manga until the 90s. I was really into Star Wars expanded universe novels and manga was right next to it. It was only natural that I eventually wandered over.

Back when I read it, it was really expensive compared to today's manga. It was $18-$20 a book, American format and they weren't numbered. They fell apart fairly easily. I definitely read them out of order since there wasn't really a way to check the order I was supposed to read them in.

I fell in love with Alita from the first book. To this day, she is my favorite character in anything ever. I have been saying for about ten years that I was going to make this costume. Tried many times. Finally, this year, I said fuck it, its going to happen. A friend joked that I would spend years planning and make it in a week. They were close. I made it in two.

There are a couple of things I was to fix, but for the most part, I am really happy with this costume.

More photos can be found here: [link]

Butterfly knife made by and Photos by Lionboogy~
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yorunekoFTW Featured By Owner 6 days ago
There's only one thing to be said :

animemort Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't wait for James Cameron to make the movie!
Alalein Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome Cosplay *___*
It just looks great on you. You really make an incredible Alita!
mjengels Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
My earlier comments still hold true.  The commendable job you've done with the technical implementation of this costume is only superseded by your willingness and ability to capture Alita's persona.  If there was ever a live action Alita, you'd be my first choice.  We all still hold out hope James Cameron will produce his Battle Angel Alita movie; they'd have a hard time doing as fine a job as you have here costuming and portraying her.  Great work.

One point of order, though...I recall Alita first used the Damascus blades when she took on her Motorball body right after she shunned her former life following her childhood crush Hugo's death (and with it her Berserker body shown here.)  Tiphares and the GIB recreated them into her "butterfly knife" glaive when she agreed to become a Tuned agent.  I don't think those of us who've followed the canon closely ever saw Alita in her Berserker body toting a Damascus blade, but it SURE does look cool!

Did you ever consider perhaps adding a light-colored duster or trenchcoat to your ensemble?  Also, I do hope you and your photographers take the time to do a shoot in a real scrapyard.  The lines of the cityscape behind you are much, much to clean to reach to the magnitude of awesomeness your fine work deserves.  Seeing jagged, twisted metal all around would make this great work *most* excellent.  

graemo Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
i wish you were in my area, i'd really love to work with you =)

alita is still one of my favourite mangas, although i read that stuff uhh ... decades ago ^^'
Xhydralisk Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Alita and her Damascus Blade. A love story with a tragic twist...
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
kattenjadams Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
I cannot  even express how much this is one    my favorite things eeer. Far and away, my favorite Cosplay! I don't think I've ever seen anyone do Alita/GUNNM cosplay before, and I've never looked. I say this and just ... so much happy! Alita was one of my first anime flicks, and my very first Manga, as well!

RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow, thank you so much. Thank means a lot!
TeenTitans4Evr Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer
We all have been waiting for years for James Cameron to make the Battle Angel Alita movie...
you could just walk on the set in that costume and they could start filming it today!
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