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Cosplay Hobby Is For Everyone

Updated on April 10, 2017
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Tricia Deed is a freelance writer describing a variety of hobbies. Enjoy considering one of these hobbies for your entertainment.

Princess Kitana

Princess Kitana a fictional character from the realm of  Edenia in the movie Mortal Kombat II. She is also found in video games.
Princess Kitana a fictional character from the realm of Edenia in the movie Mortal Kombat II. She is also found in video games. | Source

Cosplay or Costume Play

Do you love costumes? Do you like to impersonate famous celebrities or time period characters? Do you like to dress up and temporarily become another person in another time or dimension?

Welcome to costume play or cosplay. Cosplay occurs throughout the year and does not require a special holiday because people of all ages can dress up as their favorite fictional or nonfictional character. They may show off their costumes at special cosplay conventions, meetings, clubs, parades, and wherever groups may gather for this popular activity.

Its participants have a lot of fun with this playful activity, but do not be surprised that you may be considered weird, childish, or misunderstood by some of your friends and family.

Costume play is becoming a character without performing in a formal theatrical environment. It is a fun recreational activity which captivates the imagination of those people who like to dress up as another persona. While they are in costume they also do their best to portray behavior mannerisms and traits of the chosen personality. There is no memorizing of script lines. Portraying the character is the prime objective.

Cosplay Characters Influenced By Anime or Manga Comics

Three people dressed to imitate anime or Manga comic characters. Anime or Manga comic originate from Japan.
Three people dressed to imitate anime or Manga comic characters. Anime or Manga comic originate from Japan. | Source

Cosplay Ideas

The costume ideas for cosplay are taken from movies and television, books, cartoons, video games, comics, animation, and any source which provides inspiration for a costume that you love and a willingness to spend hours creating and parading it in front of other people who enjoy this pastime.

  1. Space creatures
  2. Robots
  3. Military and other combative characters
  4. Fantasy creatures
  5. Monsters
  6. Mythical characters and creatures
  7. Movie characters
  8. Super heroes
  9. Puppets
  10. Cartoon characters
  11. Sexual fantasies
  12. Toys
  13. Distorted human appearances
  14. Original creations fabricated by your imagination

Book and Comic Fair

Coplay participants at a fair for books and comics.
Coplay participants at a fair for books and comics. | Source

Coplay Culture

Popular sites include SciFi conventions, book promotions, new movie previews, and wherever people gather for various interests. This idea of combining a costume with a character was marked by a fan wearing a ‘futuristic costume’ at the 1939 World Science Fiction Convention.

The people involved in cosplay create original characters who wear strange clothing. They may choose to copy a costume from any walk of life which may originate from fictional or nonfictional sources.

Who is hiding in the costume?

  1. It may be a geek, a famous celebrity, people from all walks of life
  2. A person with an inferiority complex
  3. A person who just loves to wear costumes
  4. Portraying another to create a safe space
  5. Freedom of creative expression
  6. Receive attention and admiration without exposing self or being judged
  7. Build confidence, and to love others who do the same
  8. Cosplayers enjoy sharing their passion and are very loving and supportive of others
  9. A person who is a passionate dreamer
  10. Dressing in a costume is exciting, rewarding, and fulfilling

Anyone can become a cosplayer. All people are welcomed to share in this creative and imaginative world. All ages and all body types are invited to participate.

Olaf the Friendly Snowman

Olaf is an animated friendly snowman created by Walt Disney's animated movie FROZEN.
Olaf is an animated friendly snowman created by Walt Disney's animated movie FROZEN. | Source

Costume Sources

The costumes may be rented from costume suppliers, purchased from online and offline sources, custom made, or made by the wearer. People who are creative and have sewing abilities will make their own costumes. There are some patterns available, but creativity and skill will be necessary to make accessories or parts of the costume which have no patterns.

These costumes may be made from existing patterns, used garments which may be altered, or patterns created by the originator. Join online clubs, forums, websites, and organizations to share and exchange costume ideas. Video tutorials, social networking, and cultural magazines are three other sources. There will be different levels of quality skills in these handmade character costumes; but this is part of the fun. Much pride and love is given to creating these costumes.

Tuscan Raiders of Star Wars

The Tuscan Raiders or the Sand People guard their territory with bladed clubs called gaderffii. These two showed off their costumes at a Scifi convention.
The Tuscan Raiders or the Sand People guard their territory with bladed clubs called gaderffii. These two showed off their costumes at a Scifi convention. | Source

Cosplay Accessories and Props

Accessories are a part of the costume. An individual needs to complete the overall appearance which may require a wig or hair piece, partial or full body makeup, footwear, hand wear, jewelry, special accessories, and props.

The overall enjoyment for cosplay is total experience of creativity, accomplishment, play acting, personal challenges, learning new skills in arts and crafts, acquiring new friends and acquaintances, and employment opportunities.

Dragon Con Cosplay 2016

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      Tricia Deed 8 months ago

      Rachael, as I did my research your response is identical to what the majority of the cosplay participants had to say. Personally speaking, I love costumes and creativity, imagination, and original work ingrained with love to produce an original costume designed and made with one's personal talents and skills.

      Cosplay is a wonderful and great outlet for every body to express themselves. Continue your anime...what fun!

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      Rachael Lefler 8 months ago from Illinois

      Hi! Since I do an anime blog and have gone to several anime conventions, I'm no stranger to cosplay. One thing I love to do at conventions is take pictures of the more extraordinary cosplayer costumes, they can be very creative and show a lot of skill in design and craftsmanship. Learning cosplay combines many different skills. I think the best costumes are the ones you make yourself, tailored not just to your body but made to express your unique personality. Anyway, if you like anime, check out my blog. I think I might do an article that's cosplay-related in the future, since it does seem to be gaining mainstream popularity even outside the anime/other fandoms community.