I realized I didn't have some of my favorite older costumes on DA for some reason, so I'll add a couple favorites.
This is my Der Tod (Death) costume from Elisabeth (Takarazuka Moon Troupe). I did this in 2005. The outfit is actually a dark blue velvet with a lot of appliqué and hand beading.
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I went to Japan in Feb of 2005 with my two friends, A.J. and Annie. We were lucky enough to see Takarazuka Moon Troupe’s performance of the musical “Elisabeth”. Takarazuka is an all female revue in Japan. It’s about Der Tod (a personification of death) falling in love with Empress Sissi of Austria and the drama of her life, basically. The performance we saw was the retirement performance of the top star of the time, Saeko (who plays Der Tod). We really love her and that made the performance all the more special to us. This was one of the costumes she wore in that version.
This was probably my first time trying to be a dramatic type character, too, I had a lot of fun with it. People who don't know Takarazuka, they always think I am Sephiroth! (Just because of a black outfit and some silver hair...? hmm!)