Casual Cosplay, Fall Edition: #9 - Faye Valentine (Cowboy Bebop)

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"I think it's time we blow this scene, get everybody and the stuff together... Okay, threetwoonelet's jam!" And with those words we were brought into the world of Cowboy Bebop, a 1997 Japanese Anime that encompasses the genre of Noir, Techno Adventure, and Space Western. Twenty-Six episodes and a movie about a group of bounty hunters on their travels and misadventures aboard their ship Bebop. There's Spike Spiegel, the protagonist with a great head of hair who rocks a suit and previously was part of the Red Dragon Syndicate. He constantly flashes back to the girl who got away. There's also Jet Black, a former ISSP officer whose retirement coincided with the loss of one of his arms, Edward, a quirky preteen computer hacker, Ein, a hyper-intelligent genetically-engineered Corgi, and then there is today's focus--Faye Valentine, the femme fatale and con artist who battles lost memories. 

Faye is a strong character. What that means is she has a lot of layers and deep (it does not solely refer to her attitude and tough exterior). She can also be a little full of herself (years of being a scam artist). Through the series, we learn there is more to Faye. Because of her soft-spoken, sentimental and vulnerable side, she tends to run away from problems and people as a defense mechanism. Over time you do see a bond and, even a level of respect, between Faye and her fellow Bebop crew. She begins to worry about them. Try to convince them out of reckless behavior. We even see her cry. Layers and depth. She is more than meets the eye.

as Ed would say: "Faye, Faye."

as Ed would say: "Faye, Faye."

When I confided to a friend I was trying to create a casual cosplay look for Faye Valentine via email, I could definitely hear question marks in her response. I do live in Wisconsin after all, where temps are slowly drifting downward toward winter. However - this, as you know, is a fall interpretation series. I apologize in advance for the amount of yellow. (Side note - there are some amazing Faye cosplayers out there!)

Faye wears a cropped yellow sleeveless blouse with a pair of yellow shorts, which are connected together with a form of suspenders. She pairs this look with nude thigh-high stockings, white boots, a red jacket draped over her arms, and a yellow headband. It is has been suggested that Faye's bobbed hair plays homage to the character Mathilda in The Professional (Léon: The Professional / Léon), but it really is a classic cut so I'm not convinced on that front. 

For my interpretation, I paired skinny yellow cords with a yellow t-shirt (collar cut out and sleeve cropped - an old shirt of my husband's). Then I accessorized with my grandpa style red cardigan, black suspenders, gray boots, and a headband (basic metal headband I covered with the scraps from my altered t-shirt). 

"Like an angel from the underworld. Or a devil from Paradise."

"Like an angel from the underworld. Or a devil from Paradise."

" I tell ya, instead of being alone in a group, it's better to have real solitude all by yourself." (Buster pretending to be Ein)

" I tell ya, instead of being alone in a group, it's better to have real solitude all by yourself."

(Buster pretending to be Ein)

"You know the first rule of combat? Shoot them before they shoot you."

"You know the first rule of combat? Shoot them before they shoot you."

See You Space Cowboy...