Angela Clayton is an 18-year-old budding costume designer from Long Island, New York.
She started out making incredible cosplay costumes. Check out these awesome Elsa and Merida costumes!
She soon upgraded to historical and fantasy-inspired gowns.
“I realized I was a lot more interested in making things I found visually pleasing than making costumes of characters I liked,” Angela tells BuzzFeed Life. “Once I tried making costumes outside of cosplay I was completely won over.”
She runs a blog that features helpful progress pictures and construction notes.
The majority of her sewing skills are self-taught.
“I love the freedom of working on original designs, and the complexity and detail work that comes with historical projects.” Angela said.
Her Elsa costume took around 250 hours to create, with 170 of those hours dedicated to embellishing the cape by hand.
Here, she re-created the outfit from the Portrait of Doña Isabel de Requesens painting by Raphael and Giulio Romano.
At the moment, she’s obsessed with medieval fashion.
“I really love English fashion from the 1620s and 1630s, and ball gowns from the 1860s. And I always find myself going back to Renaissance styles since there is so much variety,” Angela says.