Note From the Editor: For this week”s column, Superhero Hype’s cosplay correspondent, Ashlynne Dae, is revisiting one of the all-time great anti-heroines of comics: Catwoman! Selina Kyle has been around almost as long as Batman, and she’s also been a heroine, a villain, and everything in-between. Additionally, Catwoman has had several different costumes over the decades. This particular incarnation was inspired by more than one source.
I’ve been cosplaying Catwoman for years. I have done a couple different versions of her and wore my last catsuit to death!
While I could only wish I had the catlike reflexes and grace Selina has, I definitely love to channel her bad girl energy when I can!
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Superhero Hype Cosplay: Catwoman
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I decided that I wanted to revisit Selina and make a new catsuit based off a mix of a few of her newer designs.
And I knew I wanted to add some more visual interest than just normal side seams.
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All of that black can get lost in moody lighting, so texture or 3D design elements can help with that.
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I added some felled Princess seams on the front and back, and that also helps with getting a figure hugging fit.
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Then I used black stretch pleather (my favorite material to work with) for a sleek look to sew up this cat suit.
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I added some pops with shiny patent gloves and thigh high boots so that all the dark material wouldn’t blend together and get lost.
It's also a callback to her
Batman: The Animated Series look where she sports a grey catsuit, black gloves, and boots.
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Catwoman has been one of my most favorite Batman characters since I was a wee girl watching the Tim Burton version in
Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman is still my favorite version and one I have also cosplayed before. I've really got to shoot that set sometime too!
Superhero Hype Cosplay: Catwoman #7
I also really love cats and have a little hairless feline friend of my own. You may have seen him in some of my previous progress photos. He loves to help.