*7/15/17- I am currently nine months pregnant and am awaiting the birth of my child, so kimono dress, pinafore, and wrap dress orders will not be taken until I return from my maternity leave. To be alerted when I'll be taking orders again, please sign up for the email Newsletter or visit the Darling Army Facebook page. If you need something right away, please order from the Ready to Ship section.
Please remember that printed items, skirts, capelets, and accessories can be ordered at any time, so you don't need to wait for an order acceptance date to add them to your cart. You can also design your own skirt or kimono dress in the Japan Shop at any time =) If it doesn't say coming soon, you can order it now.
ALL CONSTRUCTION TIMES ARE NOW 3-8 WEEKS with a potential added delay of a few weeks. I'm nine months pregnant and will need to take a few weeks off when the baby is born (whenever that will be). This delay will also likely apply to Ready to Ship items, so please plan accordingly. I'm hoping to officially be back to work in late August or early September. Thank you for your understanding.
The magical girl shows I watched as a child helped shape my sense of style which later influenced Darling Army when I started designing for myself. This magical girl throwback is not only well-made, but shows the different transformations that cosplay can bring to one person.
The Summer 2014 Art Contest is closed, but here are the winners and notable mentions! Please support the artists and visit their online portfolios =D
First place goes to ForgottenSound!.Not only are the colors beautiful, but the energy of the piece is very dynamic. The artist captures the spirit of the Darling Army by displaying the outfits how they were meant to be worn--in real life. On top of that, they're worn by two different kind of girls (jeans VS skirts) who have come together to celebrate their love of the Zelda universe. Perfection.
Artist's Site: forgottensound.deviantart.com
The runner-up spot goes to artist Yumchaa. She was inspired to make a kimono dress based on "the japanese school uniform, the sakura flower, the spring." While this avant-garde outfit could never be offered in the store, its softness and beauty transcends the clothing and is a real testament to the artist's inspirations. The Darling Army aims to make feminine cosplay for the cute enthusiast and this definitely takes the cake!
Artist's Site: http://yumchaa.deviantart.com/
I couldn't decide between winners for this last spot, so I'll be awarding prizes to three artists who tied for Third Place!
Here are some of the most creative, wonderful pieces that were in the final running. The ideas people came up with were awesome! Please note that these are displyed in no particular order
First place goes to RosetteCat from deviantART. Not only is this picture flipping adorable, but the head-to-toe original design captures the spirit of the Darling Army. The lolita shape, the kawaii bunny/army theme, and the overall tone made for a simply smile-inducing mascot. Fantastic work!
Artist's Site: http://rosettecat.deviantart.com/
This fantastic outfit inspired by Adventure Time's Lady Rainicorn by lady-leliel (deviantART) was a close second in the contest. Not only is the art top-notch, but the overall concept is superb. Taking inspiration from Lady's Korean roots, she opted for altering a traditional garment into a technicolor masterpiece. The nod to Jake by using a yellow scarf was the icing on the cake.
Artist's Site: http://lady-leliel.deviantart.com/
Here are some of the most creative, wonderful pieces that were in the final running. The ideas people came up with were awesome!
P.S. These are in no particular order. The numbers just correspond with teh Artist list below!