Dame Vaako (Screen-Used) Costume
Source: The Chronicles of Riddick
Purchased: March 2011
As big fans of Chronicles of Riddick, Matt and I have dreamt of owning costumes of the main characters since we first saw the film. We were able to purchase necromonger costumes in 2005, but we missed out on any Riddick and Dame Vaako costumes. In mid 2011, The Prop Store of London listed the black & gold Dame Vaako dress, worn by Thandie Newton. It was expensive, but it had been years since one of her oufits had came up for sale. I knew I wasn't too different in height to Thandie Newton, so we decided to take the leap and buy it. Took a few months to pay the installments, and a frustrating delay at customs, but it arrived in time to wear it at Dragon*Con 2011. It is black mesh fabric, covered in gold latex scales, with an invisible zip up the back. She doesn't wear any jewellery with this outfit, and her shoes can't be seen. Her hair is in a long braid down her back. I wear nude colour underwear, as it is visible through the mesh fabric. It has a little bit of stretch, but it fits me like a glove. It feels amazing on, and I love the train. I am so happy I took the chance and bought it, it is one of my favourite costumes from one of our favourite films. I got so many compliments on it, I definitely will be wearing it again. I did have a long braided hairpiece on for a while, but it was quite heavy and I had to take it off - next time I will find a better way to attach it so I can wear it for longer.
At the same time, Matt also purchased a screen used Vin Diesel Riddick costume from a fellow collector, and we were able to wear our costumes together at D*C 2011 - felt amazing to finally fulfill that dream. I also purchased a stunt blade weapon Dame Vaako uses in another scene from the Prop Store, but due to it's size, I can't take it to conventions. I hope to do a photoshoot with both the dress & blade sometime soon.
Worn at - Dragon*Con 2011.