Say hello to Angela Clayton. She's just your normal, American 18-year-old girl. She lives at home, has lots of friends, a dog...and, oh yeah, a huge following on the Internet for her incredibly detailed custom costume work.
By far her most famous outfit is this Elsa costume from Disney's Frozen. The highly intricate details were all painstakingly crafted by hand. Clayton recalled, "From start to finish it took two months and almost two hundred and fifty hours of work."
But it's not all fairy tales and rainbows for Clayton. While she may look like a princess when modeling these dresses, the creation is nothing but pure grunt work. For instance, when discussing her experiences making this tricky Cinderella piece, Clayton admitted, "I've run into a few problems (okay, a lot of problems) throughout making this costume, and to be honest, it hasn't been fun."
But don't become too disillusioned. In a recent interview with Cosmopolitan, Clayton assured us, "If you practice, you can definitely do it. It might take you a while. It comes naturally to some people but it is definitely something you can learn how to do."
So why isn't she out there right now studying at a fashion school? Well, according to Clayton, "much of the joy in creating something is figuring out HOW to create it, which is why I prefer to learn through [trial] and error, as opposed to classes."
These creations are especially striking when viewed side by side with the original images.
What made her decide to try to recreate the outfit worn by Raphael's portrait of Doña Isabel de Requesens? Well, Clayton said, "It's from my favorite time period, it's red, it has super huge sleeves and a hat."
Thankfully, Clayton also has time to make outfits for the little people in her life. Here, her dachshund, Guin, gets in on the action with a canine hoodie getup of Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon.
All in all, Clayton's work is astounding, and not just for a teenager, but for anybody. Since graduating high school, she has spent 2015 building up her portfolio, and we're sure you're going to see a lot more of her work on screen in the coming years.
If you'd like to see more of Clayton's work, you can check out her blog (with over 3 million views) here. And if you work in the costume department at a major film studio, we suggest getting in touch with her now while she's still relatively affordable.