Y'ello there, all you fine costuming gurus....Sister_Sola kindly gave me the go-ahead to ask this here, and actually given the knowledge and expertise present 'round these parts I certainly couldn't think of a better place to be enquiring, but in any case....yes, then, as the topic here indicates - I am looking to put together an Illyria costume, from the latter half or so of the final fifth season of "Angel". Of course her look has always greatly appealed to me, and it's an intriguing and dynamic, evocative character just in general....besides, I also greatly like the idea of looking - well, not at all like my usual self in a costume, is the thing....it seems all about being someone completely *different*, and let's face it, Illyria really is about as different and unique as 'tis possible to get in this world....or any other dimension, actually. Now, it's actually her full - "armoured" look I'm specifically intending to do.... I know others have done her immediate post-transformation look, to be sure, when she's still clothed as Fred in that shirt and skirt....and I gather it's worked well enough for them, but hey....if one is going to do this thing, then one might as well go proverbially all out with it....what with, you know - wanting to assume that whole new, different identity for the occasion, and all that. And there are a great many elements to consider, I know....makeup being a notable one (though just today I was told that MAC cosmetics offers body paint, and if that would work - oh, *must* look into this!) and hair, ditto....but it's the costume itself which I'm focussing on most, just at the moment here, and thus wondering and brainstorming how to do it. I gather that it doesn't necessarily have to be "hard", though it's a look that's supposed to evoke "armour", since Amy Acker's actual costume was apparently made of a breathable cotton material. But, hey, I am *totally* open and thus eagerly and hopefully seeking any and all info, ideas, suggestions, helpful hints, what have you....for really any and all elements of the get-up, actually, because certainly it could only all help at this point....and did I mention just how eternally and forevermore grateful I would surely be? Oh, help me, all ye costuming gurus and experts....you may perhaps be my only hope. And, mmmmmm, also, if anyone happens to know of any sites or resources with some high-quality, well-lit, even hi-res Illyria pics, could they let me know the links....? Again, it could only all help at this point, believe me.... Dawn.