Wasp | Marvel Becoming

Wasp | Marvel Becoming

[Beverly Downen]
Hi, I’m Beverly from Downen Creative Studios, and today I’m becoming the Wasp. I got started in cosplay about four years ago. We were looking for something to do with the kids, and we had no idea what a convention was. Little did I know that everybody was dressed up and everyone was having a really good time. And so we decided that we were going to go again the next year in costume. I really wanted to make a big costume because I love the challenge. I love the Wasp, and Hope van Dyne is the kind of female character that is, she’s independent, she’s incredibly smart, she doesn’t need saving. Having those strong female characters to emulate is perfect timing for where I’m at in my life. There’s a lot to this costume. Finding materials that I was happy with, that I knew that, construction-wise, would work, that was a challenge. And another challenge was figuring out how to construct the layers of this costume so that I could wear it and that it could be functional. I used reference pictures and constructed a map of the suit’s lines, so that I could then scan them into my computer and kind of manipulate the forms from there. The top pieces are going to be made out of EVA foam. For the wings, I’m going to make two different sets. One of them is going to be the collapsed wings, so that’ll be just kind of backpack style. And then the big wings are going to be made with etched acrylic. [Eric Jones]
Beverly and I go way back. Helmets are interesting. I’ve only done like three or four of them. I built out the head with some EVA foam first. And then I just kind of free-formed the rest of it out of clay. [Beverly Downen]
I just can’t wait for this whole thing to come together. To debut a costume at a con, it’s nerve-racking, it’s exciting. This is something that I’ve been working on for such a long time. To be able to finally put it on and become Hope van Dyne, I mean, it’s just amazing. These women are powerful and they are really setting a tone for women in pop culture and in costuming. And I love that my stepdaughter gets to step into a world like this. © 2018 MARVEL

37 thoughts on “Wasp | Marvel Becoming”

  1. I love how all the people in the "Marvel Becoming" series look like the character they're cosplaying as!!!!

  2. Was amazing to be a part of this. Beverly did such a fantastic job creating the costume and becoming The Wasp. Dream project complete.

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