I often get questions about what started my interest in cosplay. Well, it's all began when I really wanted to make Dilandau cosplay. In fact, Seth Nightlord (Trinity Blood) made in 2006 was my the very first cosplay.
Everything's started with desire to materialise Dilandau's image.
I remember that two elements were causing most of my beginner's panic - the armour and the collar. That was my first experience in making truly complicated armor. Now I would make it differently and much faster, but I doubt it would be of the same quality. Of course I was helped by my friends; the shoes were customized, and I bought the sword and slightly customized it as well. Nonetheless, this costume was my first serious achievment in my hobby. Some years intervened but I'm still feeling joy whenever I'm seeing these photos by Emily.
And I still love Dilandau and "The Vision of Escaflowne".
By the way, our cosplay-group was named "Imperia" (Empire - Latin) exactly because we are fans of Zaibach Empire from The Vision of Escaflowne and True Human (New Human) Empire from Trinity Blood)))