Volume two of The Wicked and The Divine (known as WicDiv by fans) dropped this week, and we have been gushing. WicDiv was exciting cosplayers by the first issue, which, considering the story and McKelvie’s stunning artwork and Wilson’s colors, is no surprise. But cosplay shouldn’t be limited to conventions, so we decided to create some stealth cosplay outfits to express our WicDiv love. Well, as stealth cosplay as possible when dealing with deities!
“I was inspired by two specific elements in Ananke’s costuming: this element of royalty and 1920s art nouveau. Her lace mask reminded me of this mask I bought off an Etsy dealer (TtusChicOriginals) so that was first. Second, I wanted a stunning red coat that echoes the one she wears when she delivers one of my favorite lines: “It is a poor critic who says that lack of effect on them implies all others are insincere in their love.” Good words to live by as a critic myself. I brought in the royal element via Phillip Treacy, the designer of the amazing hats you see the British royal set often wearing. Yes, that skeleton looking thing is in fact a hat. I saw it and swooned; it’s perfect for Ananke. Then to echo the 1920s, I added the t-strap Christian Louboutin’s and the cocktail ring. The person who wears this outfit takes no prisoners.” —Ginnis Tonnik
“I love him.” –Kelly Kanayama
“Based on Laura’s concert attire.” —KM Bezner
And a casual version.
“I think this is *exactly* what you wanted.” –Kelly Kanayama
“I created three looks based off the different aspects of the Morrigan. The Morrigan’s default persona—rocking the black with touches of pale pink. A tuxedo romper, raven-themed leggings, and motor boots.” —Ginnis Tonnik
“The Badb is all rage and intensity, so I went with something casual, but obviously super casual really isn’t her bag, and those shoes—can you not picture the Badb in those shoes? She uses them for stabbing people, I’m sure.” —Ginnis Tonnik
“Gentle Annie’s aesthetic is particularly interesting, because it’s a sort of punk/boho mix. So I played with that in this ensemble. There’s the punk element in the pink mohawk, docs, the army green romper (punk often appropriated military imagery), and the denim jacket, which is upcycled and very DIY. What I like about these punk influenced items is that they are also very feminized—there’s the pink hair color, the floral print on the docs with lace socks, and a romper. It seems fitting to Gentle Annie who comes across as the sort of radicalized peacekeeper. The bohemian elements are brought in with the lace, jewelry, and Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow collection, which also seemed appropriate since Gentle Annie’s eye make-up is this coppery-streak while the other Morrigans usually wear black.” —Ginnis Tonnik (who put way too much thought into this)
“I think I may have gone a little overboard. The necklace and vest combo don’t quite match Sakhmet’s amazing outfit, but I was happy to find the leopard lining.” —KM Bezner
“Fated to be stylish.” —Kelly Kanayama