The completed costume - Photography by Vanora Naude Photography

Cosplay Portfolios | Jareth the Goblin King by Annakapat Cosplay

The completed costume - Photography by Vanora Naude Photography
The completed costume - Photography by Vanora Naude Photography


CosplayerAnnakapat Cosplay – Anré van Rooyen
CharacterJareth the Goblin King
Date completed8 October 2016
Hours spent making this cosplay310 Hours
Total cost involved in making cosplayApproximately R4000

Info for the Costume

Jareth’s costume is the first one you see him wearing in Jim Henson’s 1986 cult classic “Labyrinth.” It is a highly intricate costume that fully summarizes the symbolism of the costume design during the film. A character who is rotten on the inside; armor, which at first glance appears to be dragon scales is in reality tree fungus. Or, instead of beads, it is in reality a worm wrapped around his wrist.

I made this costume because……

Other than the fact that I really love Labyrinth, I wanted to test my skills as far as I could push them. Also, this year marks Labyrinth’s 30th anniversary as well as the year of Bowie’s death. It had to be now.

Planning Process

I started planning this about 3 years ago. However, none of my plans worked so I had to seriously reconsider things a couple of months ago. I sat down with Arwen Swan from Arwen Garmentry and we broke down the costume into several elements to make the costume easier. I did challenge myself to make some of the items re-wearable, as well as be able to take the cloak off without damage to said items. The list was broken down into

1) a shirt

2) a waistcoat

3) a corset

4) Pants

5) under-cape

6) over-cape

7) wig

Each item came with its own challenges, for example, the under cape needed to be heavy enough not to blow away in the wind, but still be able to swish when I walk.

Each item had a corresponding rough, a crudely sewn garment from a similar material as your final to mark alterations so it will suit you better. Once i was happy with the roughs i moved on to cutting and sewing finals.

Techniques Used

  • Sewing (with cotton and leatherette)
  • Weathering of material
  • Working with steel boning
  • Painting and patterning
  • Using a blow torch to burn/age fabric
  • Wig styling

1) The Shirt – the shirt body was a light weight cotton, with yokes sown in for extra support and done up with press studs. The sleeves and collar were made from a heavily textured cotton that was then polished with shoe polish and a silver polish to create a worn looking waxed cotton. Each piece takes about 10 hours. Finally there is a PVC trim which was hand painted with copper and weathered.

2) The Waistcoat. The waistcoat was made from PVC, and lined with a stiff taffeta. Each piece, both lining and outer was fused, and then steel boning was added for extra support.

3) The Corset. The corset was constructed to be as thin as possible, in a shape that flattened my breasts, and had very little waist reduction. It was made from a leatherette. It also has a piece of steel boning in the front to keep the pointed shape to the middle better. For the scales, i drew out a template and after many hours of alterations finally cut each one from felt and painted each one with wood glue. Once that was dry, I painted each scale, glued them on in position and painted again several times. A process that took approximately 10 hours per scale.

4) The pants. They were made from scuba. They weren’t very special as they are just pants, but they were french seamed and roll hemmed.

5) 6 Meters of leatherette and shiny blue stuff that came from the 80s and I am pretty sure i bought it from a goblin.

6) The over-cape was made with the same heavy duty leatherette as the cape, with the exception of 12 meters of Organza that was demolished with a blow torch. There are also 1000s upon 1000s of hand sewn beads, sequins and Swarovski crystals embedded in the layers.

7) The wig started as one short wig, one long wig, and a bucket load of wefts that were carefully and individually sewn into place and finally styled with glitter. Lots of glitter.

Did you have to learn any new techniques in order to make this costume?

Uhm, patience. Patience and contact juggling

Does this cosplay need special make-up to be done?

Yes, i used some of Kryolan’s eyebrow plastic as Jareth has little Vulcan eyebrows!

At which cons and events did you wear this costume?

rAge 2016 :)

Have you won any awards for this costume?

I placed second in Western Pop and Second in Skits at rAge 2016

Any last thoughts on this costume? (Upgrades you would still like to do, alterations etc.)

I would like to take it further and see if I can improve on it, but for now I’m still washing the glitter off my soul.


We are expanding our Cosplay Corner with a brand new feature called Cosplay Portfolios. Instead of focusing on a specific Cosplayer and their cosplay journey, this feature will be taking a more in-depth look at costumes made by our local Cosplayers. We’ll look at the cost and time involved in making the costumes, special techniques that were used whilst crafting as well as make-up tips to complement your cosplay.

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About Linda Jager

Linda Jager
I’m proudly Geek and have a passion for all things pop-culture. Huge fan of The Walking Dead. Lover of gadgets and technology and although I’m not a gamer (sadly no hand-eye co-ordination) I find myself drawn to the gaming culture and community and how it connects with one of my biggest passions – collecting action figures and statues. I love to watch movies and series and there’s nothing better than having conversations with other people about the things I feel so passionately about. Being an 80’s child I am a huge fan of retro stuff and my Thundercats collection is one of my most prized possessions. That, and my A-Team van. Follow me on Twitter @LindaAtGES

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