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Bram Stoker's Dracula - Cosplay Tutorial

By Philip Odango of Canvas Cosplay. All photos by With an H Media

Inspired by the art direction of the late Eiko Ishioka in Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 from "Bram Stoker's Dracula," where the costumes are the set, I sought to interpret the visual storytelling into a cosplay using materials and tools available at JOANN Fabric and Crafts. This cosplay would have multiple pieces to be assembled, each with their own requirements.

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Preparation Work

Dragon Robe Measurements and Flat Patterning

My cascading train made from 15 yards of Casa Collection satin in the color Tango Red from @joann_stores. The train itself is 15ft long and 13.5ft wide. I hand-pleated the 13.5ft width down to 22 inches for the shoulder to shoulder width.



Dragon Robe Fabric Choices


Dragon Insignia/Emblem Vector for Cricut and Embroidery

Using the original design has a reference, I traced using Illustrator and Photoshop to create into a vector file that can be used for Cricut and embroidery. Using the Cricut Design Space and a Cricut Joy, I used iron-on metallic gold vinyl to die-cut the design, and used the Cricut Mini Press to iron on the design to the fabric.

This file can be used directly with Cricut Design Space and machines, or can be imported into embroidery software and digitized.


Wig Fabrication

The original hair designer for the movie is Michele Burke. I used a multi-phased approach to constructing Dracula's wig, knowing that I did not want to wear a bald cap. This meant that the forehead would sit at my natural forehead hairline.



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Character: Dracula, from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, portrayed by Gary Oldman

Costume and wig created by me: Canvas by Philip Odango @canvascosplay

Original costume design: Eiko Ishioka

Original hair design: Michèle Burke @micheleburke_mua

Photography:  With an H Media @withanhmedia

Video/Production Assistant: Sarah Storminger @stormy_n_nox

Location:  Chrysler Museum of Art @chryslermuseum


Featured products and tools available at JOANN:

Sewing: Singer Sewing Company Featherweight @singersewingcompany

Wig structure: Fairfield World Project Foam and Poly-fil @fairfieldworld

Wig adhesives: The Gorilla Glue Company spray and glue sticks @thegorillagluecompany

Cutting tools: Fiskars @fiskarsamerica

Paint: PlaidFX @plaidfx

Sealant: Rust-Oleum Clear Coat @rustoleum

Die-cut machine: Cricut Joy and gold foil vinyl @officialcricut


Hair fibers: Manhattan Beauty Supply @manhattanbeauty101

Makeup: @Mehronmakeup Paradise Makeup AQ


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