When I first saw Kick-Ass, I was instantly enamored with Hit-Girl and just knew I had to do this costume. I’ve never felt so passionate about a costume in my going on 10 years of cosplaying. I used my admiration for the character as a drive to push the costume as far as I could in accuracy: sourcing accurate pieces and materials to make it look as authentic as possible.
In the end this was a labor of love that spanned 4 years. It took me that long to piece everything together and to get it looking the way I always envisioned it. While I endured a lot of frustration, headaches, and set-backs along the way, the overwhelmingly positive responses I’ve received from fellow fans and now Mark Millar himself has me feeling absolutely no doubt in my mind that all the tough times were worth it. (And yes, the costume is just as warm to wear as you’re imagining it is.)
Enough of me rambling, here’s some specs on the costume!
“Ok you c*nts… let’s see what you can do now.”
Tac Gear: “Tool up honey bunny!”
Hey if you’re going to be Hit-Girl, you gotta pay close attention to that weaponry!
- 2 Bianchi UM84 holsters (same model as movie)
- Smith & Wesson knife sheath (same model as movie)
- Bianchi duty belt
- Belt keepers
- “Smoke grenade” with movie-accurate font.
- Duty suspenders
- 2 plastic knuckle dusters (functional)
(The knife sheath was NOT taped down in these photos but as since been attached.)
- 1 HK USP compact airsoft look-alike with light system
- 1 SIG-Sauer P232 airsoft look-alike
- Replica Benchmade 42.
- Blade is dulled so I can take it to conventions and not slice my fingers off.
(Blade is not dulled in photo.)
- Plywood, PVC pipe, spray paint.
- Paracord wrapped as seen in the film.
- Length is as tall as I am (about 5’4’’), just as hers is as tall as she is.
- Can be pulled apart and put together as in the movie. Can also be clipped in front too so I can carry it on my back.
(Photos coming soon!!)
- Authentic military combat boots.
- Steel toe.
My kilt is an authentic 100% wool Scottish-made kilt in the Drummond Grey tartan that I dyed purple. Just as they did for Hit-Girl’s kilt in the movie. Fun fact: the tartan is actually Matthew Vaughn’s family tartan!
Note: Most of my costume photos were taken before I updated the kilt.
Charna, my official Costume Consultant, for being such an amazing help overall and for putting up with my endless questions and concerns on how to make things work. Made my first kilt, kept me sane, and helped me figure out the cape attachment.
Sees, for being my official Wig Beautifier, and for being the only person capable of taming the impossible snaps on my belt. (That last one’s a real bitch.)
JailBreak/Jason DeSomer Photography for some amazing photos. (Website)
Fearless Photoworks for some amazing photos as well! (Website)
RPF forum member replicaprops for helping me find an awesome Benchmade 42 replica!
The RPF (Replica Prop Forum) for helping me with some of the details, and for pushing me to
do my best! Thank you!
A heartfelt thank you to Mark Millar and Chloe Grace Moretz for bringing this incredible character to life.
(^ You can see the new kilt here.)
(New kilt and paracord-wrapped Mindy Stick. Photography by Lumonic Photography.)
Show’s over motherfuckers!
My cosplay page: HyperShadow Cosplay
Here’s the costume as featured in the last issue of Chrononauts in the Forum Talk section! Needless to say it’s a huge honor to be included in a Mark Millar comic. Freaked out pretty bad when I was contacted (not by the mayor’s office)!