Apr 2, 2012

Cosplay

I like to dress up. I do it so rarely, because I'm lazy and don't put a lot of effort into my appearance. My normal attire is a cross between Bohemian / didn't change out of PJs. On weekends or class days. When I work, I have to follow dress code. But as whether I'm subbing for a general education class or a special education, that changes so I have like four wardrobes in my closet. It needs to have access to Time Lord technology - bigger on the inside.

But the type of dress up I love the most is cosplay, dressing up as characters I like and going to events centered on them. It's a little different from dressing up as Hermonie for Halloween because 1)I'm older than 12 2) I do it in the middle of July for movie releases 3)I actually make these costumes, not buy them. Or rather...buy different items and put them together for an outfit. I don't know how to sew. ;_;

The thing about cosplay is at times it reminds me of writing. When I write, I feel like I channel my characters. I think of things as I type, from their point of view, and cosplaying allows me to become characters. You dress as them, and it's not uncommon to act like them for bits at a time. I remember watching two Jack Sparrows duel in the theater before the midnight showing of the second movie.

Steampunk especially. With anime or comics, you dress up as known characters. For Steampunk, you create your own. The character I dress up as, Rose Kaviler, has a whole back story I created, and I'm working on fixing up my costume to relay all that. You can tell a lot about a person looking at their clothes, and made up characters are no different. I want my costume to say the same. Plus, there's a weekend long convention in Wisconsin called TelsaCon where you spend the entire thing in character. There's even a plot each year to follow, and the hotel decorates rooms to go along with it ^_^

This is me with a random cosplayer at the World Steam Expo last May. (I'm on the left)


And I can't forget my wonderful 'box' as my mom calls it. It took me hours to make this one.

I'm the Tardis! I wore it to my NaNoWriMo regions kick-off party, and met up with someone who went as the 11th Doctor. Should have opened the other door to show off the sign in this picture, but I wanted to show that I tried to make my insides glow by wrapping Christmas lights around me. I couldn't move very well in this, or sit at all. Or drink XD The waitress put my water on the top of my costume and my fellow WriMos were so good about getting the straw just right so I could sip it. I ended up shedding it after a bit, which was also an awkward affair. I'd love to make a dress version that would be loads more comfortable to wear.

It's so fun making costumes, and yes it's geeky. But I figure I'd rather spend my money on sewing classes than alcohol.

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Say this three times fast: (fair warning, I've tripped up my first time through several times XD)

Constructing Creative Costumes

13 comments:

  1. A friend of mine is really into cosplay, and it looks like SO much fun!

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  2. Brilliant fun! I never get to go anywhere where I need to dress up, but a colleague and I might be doing an ABBA spoof in July so that will definitely require spandex!

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  3. You have such a vivid imagination when it comes to characters and their stories, I love it. And I still think the Tardis is awesome!

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  4. I never dress up (because I'm lazy and don't like making costumes), but the entire reason I go to midnight releases is because of people like you! I love seeing others in character costumes!

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  5. Ha ha! I love to dress up too, but I'm also pretty self-conscious. I wouldn't do it if other people don't play along. I did dress up for the Hunger Games though :)

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  6. I've always wanted to do cosplay but I'm no good at creating outfits and don't have the cash to spare to buy one. I loooooove some of the steampunk cosplay stuff. It is just awesome.

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  7. Haha I love the Police Box! I think, if I was going to dress up, I'd be Scarlett O'Hara everytime. Not that I particulary like the film, but it's so opposite to how I normally dress... a bit like you and the police box, I guess! :-)

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  8. Fabulous. I would completely happy if Steampunk style became a part of everyday dress.

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  9. I admit I've never been brave enough to dress up. Good for you!

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  10. Greetings! I have to admit that I didn't even know it had a name, but now you've taught me something new. More power to you for dressing up and having fun! Awesome, I don't know if I could do it! Good luck this April!

    Dusty

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  11. How cool! I love dressing in costume -- this sounds like such fun.

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  12. I have no crafting talent at all but the daughters are forever wandering off to meet people dressed up as anime characters.

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  13. Cosplay is great! At the moment I am helping my daughter create a version of Alice's Chesire Cat (I don't mean Alice in Wonderland, but the creepy version from the playstation game). The SupaNova she is attending is at the Gold Coast in a few weeks time!

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