Superhero Hype Cosplay: Red Sonja
Note From the Editor: To close out 2020, Superhero Hype’s cosplay correspondent, Ashlynne Dae, is sharing her take on Red Sonja. Robert E. Howard’s Red Sonya of Rogatino was re-envisioned for Marvel’s Conan the Barbarian comic book in 1973 by Roy Thomas and artist Barry Windsor-Smith. Subsequent artists like Esteban Maroto, John Buscema, and Frank Thorne popularized Red Sonja’s iconic bikini armor. And it’s a look that has stayed with Red Sonja through her current adventures, as published by Dynamite Entertainment.
What’s not to love about fierce barbarian redheads in metal bikinis? Nothing, I would hope!
I have long had a love affair with Red Sonja. She’s strong, badass and can fight monsters and men all while wearing a bikini made of scales and little else.
And I always relish costumes in which I can wear my real hair, because wigs are hot and itchy. It's no joke trying to cram all my curls into a wig and have it still look somewhat realistic.
But I don’t have that problem with Sonja! I had previously bought another cosplayer’s Red Sonja costume, which was beautifully detailed.
Sadly the top did not fit, and I only got to enjoy wearing it once for a very precarious photoshoot.
So earlier this year when it was still snowy, I decided to make my own! I used stamping blanks instead of scale mail because I wanted the round shape depicted in the comics.
I drilled all those holes by hand, assembled it like scale maille, and hand stitched it all onto a lambskin leather base which I also hand dyed!
At some point, I plan to finish the shoulder armor. I didn’t get it completed in time for the photoshoot.
But that’s the fun of cosplay! Your favorite costumes are always evolving!
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So this is definitely not the last you will be seeing of Red Sonja!
You can find these pics and more at ashlynnedae.com