I've loved the Fantasia centaurettes since I was a little girl — I used to rewind and rewatch the Pastoral Symphony section over and over! For many years this costume seemed like an unreachable dream. Finally, I decided to tackle it for Denver Comic Con 2017. My dad helped me with the power tools, and it came together pretty quickly! My first version's back legs were under-stuffed (something that the internet took great pride in pointing out to me, over and over!) which led to me taking apart and rebuilding the back legs after the convention and before the official photoshoot with Photographer of Life LLC.
I teamed up with artist Hannah Alexander to create Centaur of Attention, a collaborative book that includes brand new centauress costume designs and a comprehensive, step-by-step tutorial on how to craft your own walking centauress costume.
The Kickstarter for Centaur of Attention is over now, but you’ll be able to buy the digital version of the book in the fall, when the Kickstarter rewards have been delivered. Sign up below if you want to be notified when the book is available.
How do you move in it?
It walks with me! I rigged the back legs to my front legs using a pulley system, so that they "walk" behind me when I walk. The whole rig is very lightweight (under 10lbs) and all of that weight is suspended from my core. It's sort of like wearing a very large bustle... with legs.
How do you pee?
I take it off! The leggings are separate from the body. All I do is unclip the belt at the waist and unhook the fishing line, and I'm free! It takes about ten seconds.
Why are you holding a corndog?
Only about half of the people who ask this are joking! For those who genuinely don't know: It's a typha, more commonly known as a cattail or bulrush. It's a plant that grows near water. The one I used in my photoshoot is from a river near my house!
Didn't you rig the gait wrong?
A horse's natural gait varies depending on its speed, its breed, and its training. My centaurette's movement is based on a trot, a two-beat gait in which the legs move diagonal from one another. The one that a lot of commenters seem to think I should've used is called a pace, in which both legs on the same side move at once. This gait is much less common, although still natural for some breeds.
Could someone sit on your "back"?
Definitely not! As I mentioned before, the entire weight of the body is suspended from my waist – the back legs don't hold any weight.
Isn't Fantasia super racist?
Definitely. I wrote a blog about loving problematic things. You can read it here.
How did you make it?
I have so many people ask me about how I made this costume! I’ve put together a short video with a basic rundown of the construction, and coming Fall of 2019 I will have a digital book you can purchase with step-by-step build instructions for making your own.