Julie Verkempinck

Julie Verkempinck

Fashion Design
LaSalle College | Montréal

The White Warrior

Set in 1597, Feudal Japan, the white warrior is the spirit of the legendary Japanese warrior Oda Nobunaga. His spirit dwells in a magical woman who pulls the sun into the world every morning. Like Nobunaga, the white warrior wields a bow and has great fighting abilities. I decided to make this character into a woman because her role in this world, like Nobunaga is to protect her people. She is a spirit that dwells the earth when the sun is at its brightest therefore, with her light she guides and protects the people and creatures in need. The white warrior does not have an exact age, since she is a spirit, she is timeless. Her beauty makes her look like she’s 30 but her wisdom, confidence and strength makes her appear ageless. She wears traditional yabusame inspired clothes. sun symbols are found in several areas of the costume such as on her kimono, her pants and her igote. In yabusame, the warriors are always on horseback. These horses are decorated with tassels, fringes and pom-poms. Since my character is not on horseback, she sports these elements throughout her costume in several areas. Traditional yabusame equipment consists of deer skin for the protection of the riders legs, but since the white warrior is a protector of all living things on earth, she wears quilted pads as protection instead. Over her left arm and shoulder, she wears an igote to protect from the yumi string and on her right leg, she wears a pant leg with a matching look. Her right side of her upper body is a simple traditional yabusame kimono and her left pant leg carries a resembling style. Her obi has a large chord to hold her handmade wooden quiver and wooden arrows.

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Bow made out of PVC


Bow made out of PVC pipe, shaped with heat and painted with acrylics.

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Quiver and Arrows

Quiver made out of wooden dowels and leather string. Painted with acrylics. Arrows made out of wooden dowels and craft foam. Painted with acrylics.

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Technical Drawings, Front and Back

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