Just like us, Lisa Rosenberg and Meagan Marie knew even before they’d seen Frozen that they would love Anna and Elsa. Unlike us, Lisa and Meagan are very talented cosplayers. The two just recreated Anna and Elsa’s looks expertly in a gorgeous photo shoot.
“Directly after seeing Frozen, well, even before seeing it, I knew I would need to cosplay Anna. Her quirky cuteness just made me melt, and her whole look is so appealing!” Lisa said of dressing up as Anna.
Love of the characters (and the frosty weather we’ve been having) created the perfect fit for a Frozen cosplay. Maegan tells the story of how they arrived at the idea: “Knowing I was coming home for the Holidays, Lisa suggested we tackle a new costume while I was in town. Having both seen and loved Frozen, and knowing we were in for a very white winter, it was a perfect fit.”
The girls made their costumes by hand (BY HAND!) and had to carefully study images from Frozen to figure out how exactly to recreate the textures they saw on the girls’ outfits in the film.
Lisa had to get creative to match Anna’s look exactly. “I handmade the whole costume out of many different fabrics–I used faux suede for the corset, and since wool in such bright colors is so rare, I used the backside of anti-pill fleece to give the skirt and cape that warm, fuzzy effect.” By the way, we appreciate that they incorporated rosemaling into the shoot, since we’re such fans and all.
Adding sparkle to Elsa’s gown was no easy feat (but totally worth it). Meagan describes: “After the base garments were done, I spent the subsequent week gluing hundreds upon hundreds of crystals to the dress, top, and cape…” For Elsa’s dress, Meagan used blue shantung with a satin liner, while the top and cape are two-way stretch tulle covered with lots of glitter.
The two didn’t just shoot for authenticity with their costumes, hair, and makeup–they also braved a chilly Minnesota winter and sub-freezing temperatures to get the scenery for their shoot just right.
“We began the day shooting at the American Swedish Institute for some Arendelle-inspired images. After that we braved the cold for about 30 minutes to snap some photos at the frozen Minnehaha Falls–something that looked right out of the movie!”
Everyone shows their love of a film in different ways. Thanks to these two for being so creative and innovative in showcasing their love of Frozen!
Pro tip: to get the little pom poms on Anna’s cape just the right shade, Lisa hand-colored each one with marker.
Photo credits: Jane Ferguson and Carla Haglund