Rydia of the Mist

Final Fantasy IV.

Final Fantasy IV is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Released in 1991, it is the fourth main instalment of the Final Fantasy series.



Rydia is introduced as a seven-year old girl wearing a yellow skirt and a white cloak. In her sprites her clothes are blue, while they are black in Yoshitaka Amano's artwork of her, and dark green in her 3D remake model. Following her return as a young woman, Rydia wears a green outfit with knee-high golden heeled boots and draperies adorned in stars. During Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, Rydia's attire is a single-piece green outfit that rises from her thighs to her collar, baring her hips and upper torso.

The overseas releases of The After Years censored her artwork, which included a green skirt, and covered the exposed areas of her body, as was done with Porom and Ursula, but Rydia's artwork received the most censorship. The opening movie for Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection uses this design. Rydia's hair is green, shoulder-length in Final Fantasy IV and extending past her waist in The After Years. It is often complemented by a hair ornament which has varied in design.


Yoshitaka Amano.

Amano Yoshitaka, is a Japanese artist, character designer, illustrator and a theatre and film scenic designer and costume designer. He first came into prominence in the late 1960s working on the anime adaptation of Speed Racer. Amano later became the creator of iconic and influential characters such as Gatchaman, Tekkaman: The Space Knight, Hutch the Honeybee and Casshan. In 1982 he went independent and became a freelance artist, finding success as an illustrator for numerous authors, and worked on best-selling novel series, such as The Guin Saga and Vampire Hunter D. He is also known for his commissioned illustrations for the popular video-game franchise Final Fantasy.

Rydia of the Mist

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The Costume

Time Taken



Costume Cost



Costume Construction

Lycra / Spandex – Majority of Costume
Cotton – Sleeve, Beading Detail, Loincloth Skirt.
Chiffon – Cape
Polycotton Blend – Cape & Sleeves

Photoshoot Location

Whinlatter Forest Park, U.K.