Thanks so much for taking this video, Neil!
This is me, cosplaying as Azula, from Avatar: The Last Airbender, at Manifest 2010.
This is the outfit that Azula wears through certain episodes in season 3. [link] [link]
The entire outfit is sewn by myself, over a two month period. I ended up sewing right up until a few hours before I left for my flight to Melbourne! Usually I'm pretty well on top of things for my costumes, but I spent one week sick, and another week unable to walk or kneel down properly, so I ended up pretty short for time.
I made all the patterns for this costume myself. The shoes were made by buying a pair of slip-on shoes, attaching points made from craft foam, then making a boot cover to slip over the top and glue down.
I also want to say thanks here to ~rallamajoop for helping to style the wig.
Oh man, I'm just really glad I got to actually perform this skit, after what happened. I tore two ligaments in my knee only a month before the convention, in a training accident. The occupational therapist I went to worked wonders, but I only ended up being able to practice and choreograph the skit a few days before I went.
The glowing lights you see are "Flowlights", a kind of super bright LED glow poi ([link]). I've been learning poi for fun for about two years, but this was the first time I'd been in front of an audience with them.
I used to be a red belt in taekwondo in high school, so I have a little background in martial arts. Unfortunately the knee injury meant I had to hold back a fair bit. That's also why all the kicks in the routine are with my right leg, as it can't support me when kicking with my left.
I was so happy at the audience response! It made it all worth it. The skit won best solo skit too.