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Vivian from Journal of the Mysterious Creatures

Vivian (voiced by Yuko Natusyoshi) is a vampire in the anime Journal of the Mysterious Creatures.  She attacks Lili Ryu while Lili is touring a house, introducing her human roommate Yoshihito to the realm of otherworldly creatures.  Vivian has a very gothic look, so depending on your personal style, you may be able to use pieces from your own wardrobe to emulate her outfit.  Some red fabric paint can add the bat details to her skirt and top, while layering red and black pieces together will help recreate pieces it might be difficult to find exact replicas of.

Remilia Scarlet from Touhou Project

Remilia Scarlet is the owner of the Scarlet Devil Mansion, and is the primary antagonist of the sixth version of the Touhou Project game.  The elder sister of Flandre Scarlet, Remilia has kept her sister imprisoned in the basement of her mansion for nearly 500 years.  Remilia is a fearsome evil-doer with vast magical abilities.  Her only weakness may be that her long lifetime has left her bored by most things, and she will allow herself to be manipulated if it means something more exciting than the alternative.

Lady Dimitrescu from Resident Evil 8

Lady Dimitrescu from Resident Evil Village

Lady Alcina Dimitrescu has already taken the internet by storm. A beautiful vampire standing over nine feet tall with a killer smile, it’s easy to see why she caused a splash when she appeared in January’s Maiden. Her history is still largely unknown and will have to stay that way until Resident Evil: Village comes out this May. That hasn’t stopped fans from putting together cosplays in the Lady’s honor, our own among them!

While it is possible to use stilts to mimic the Lady’s height, it’s not recommended. Instead this cosplay focuses on Lady Dimitrescu’s style. A wide brimmed black hat, black leather gloves, black boots, and black flower pin all stand in sharp contrast to her flowing white empire waist gown. Her skin is also ghostly white which can be recreated using body paint. If you’d prefer to skip the body paint you can use a face painting kit to recreate the sharp lines and slightly undead look that gives away Lady Dimitrescu’s vampiric nature.

Finish the look with a dark brown wig. Lady Dimitrescu wears her hair pinned up in tight curls from the 1950s which you will have to recreate yourself. There are several tutorials on YouTube both on curling synthetic wigs and on recreating Dimitrescu’s look.

Be sure and put on your favorite red lipstick and you’re ready to rule a castle of your own.

Zero Kiryu from Vampire Knight

Zero Kiryu is the secondary main character in the anime Vampire Knight. He is part of the Day Class, though he is secretly a vampire. Together with Yuki Cross, he protects the human students from the vampire students. He is also a vampire hunter, and his tattoo, called the Hunter’s Seal, is used to suppress and tame his vampiric nature. He struggles with his desire for blood and his equally strong desire to kill those of his kind. While he usually cold-hearted and hostile, he shows his real emotions to Yuki, and feels very protective of her. Throughout the series, they develop a romantic relationship and eventually have a daughter named Ren.

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Jade from Legacies

Jade (Giorgia Whigham) is a character who appears in The CW’s Legacies, a spin-off of The Originals, which was the first spin-off of The Vampire Diaries. She was a sixteen year old student at the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young & Gifted.  She’s a vampire who is particularly prone to losing control when drinking and seeing human blood. In the lore of the show, these type of vampires are called rippers. In school, she enjoyed rebellion and detention. However, when she accidentally murdered her best friend, she turned off her humanity. Without it, Jade became cold, unpredictable, and unstable. Her lack of empathy got her banished to a prison world, where she’d torment her companions for fun. Ten years later, she regained her humanity thanks to Josie, a former frenemy and current crush. Feeling newfound guilt and remorse, Jade apologized for everything she had done.

David from The Lost Boys

David from The Lost Boys

David (played by Kiefer Sutherland) is the leader of the vampire gang menacing Santa Cruz, California in the ’80s vampire hit The Lost Boys. At least, that’s what it looks like at first. But there is always someone bigger and badder out there. Even if you’re an undead gang leader who sleeps all day and parties all night.

You might not gain David’s immortality but you can definitely copy his style. One of the most iconic – and unfortunate by modern standards – pieces of David’s look is his bleach blonde mullet. A wig will give you the same style or you can bleach your hair and style it however you want. The rest of the outfit will make it clear who you’re cosplaying!

The next thing you’ll need is a costume goatee. You may have to lighten it with makeup. Or, if you prefer, you can create a goatee using this tutorial and makeup. You will also need a pair of vampire fangs and a few fake earrings.

The rest of David’s look comes down to clothes. David is a classic ’80s tough guy in a whole lot of black leather. His gloves, motorcycle boots, and pants are all black leather. He does wear a black cotton shirt and black wool pea coat. But between the pea coat and his shirt is something with a leather collar that he layers over the collar of his coat. It is most likely a motorcycle vest left open to reveal the shirt underneath.

At this point you’ve got a great David cosplay. But you can go one step beyond by making the wine bottle used in the vampire ritual too! All you need is  a wine bottle, some copper-colored clay, fake rubies, and a glue gun. Form the clay pieces according to a screenshot of the bottle (don’t forget to bend them to fit the bottle too!). Press in the rubies to create indents for them, then then pull them out and create place fillers out of tin foil. Bake the clay according to direction When they’re done, use the glue gun to apply the rubies and then glue the clay to the outside of the bottle. Voila! You have yourself your own spoofy vampire ritual bottle!

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Severen from Near Dark

Severen (played by Bill Paxton) is a manic member of the roaming vampire family in Kathryn Bigelow’s film Near Dark. Severen is often at odds with the recently-turned Caleb. Severen’s costuming includes a leather jacket covered in trophy pins from various police departments, a red flannel, and plenty of fake blood.  The most important part of this costume, however, is the attitude, so make sure to have as much fun as Paxton did playing this slightly-unhinged blood sucker.

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Jasper Hale in the Baseball Scene from Twilight

Jasper Hale is a supporting character in the Twilight saga. He became a vampire after his time as a soldier in the Civil War. He is part of the Cullen family as the adoptive son of Carlisle and Esme Cullen. He is married to Alice Cullen. As the newest vegetarian, he sometimes struggles with suppressing his urges. He is an empath, which means he can sense other’s emotions. Jackson Rathbone portrays him in the movie adaptations. In the iconic baseball scene set to “Supermassive Black Hole” by Muse, he plays offense.

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Millie Manx from NOS4A2

Millie Manx (played by Mattea Conforti) is the daughter of Charlie and Cassie Manx on the show NOS4A2.  Millie has the distinction of being the first of Charlie’s children in Christmasland.  However, she eventually escapes to the Real World through the faltering veil.  Millie wears a blue soldier uniform and has long black hair with bangs, not to mention her terrifying vampire teeth.

Dracula from Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

Dracula is the main antagonist in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Filmed in 1992, the movie features a star studded cast: Keanu Reeves as Jonathan Harker, Winona Ryder as Mina Harker, Anthony Hopkins as Professor Van Helsing, and Gary Oldman as Dracula himself. As the story always goes, Dracula is the enigmatic owner of a castle in Transylvania, who is really a vampire. He invites Jonathan to arrange his real estate acquisitions in London. Despite the mention of the author in the movie title, director and producer Francis Ford Coppola doesn’t stick exactly to the book. For instance, he gives backstory to Dracula, and makes Mina a reincarnation of his wife.