Cosplay is a popular pastime among anime and video game fanatics in Japan, and probably the closest we can get right now to becoming our favorite characters. But it isn’t just about going to a Halloween store and buying the best costume there. Cosplay is a time-consuming, DIY hobby that entails creativity, crafts, and a detailed knowledge of every single aspect of your favorite character’s being. Here, a six-step cosplay guide based on my previous research:
1. Pick the character you want to cosplay.
The more obscure the anime, the more wow’s you will get. For example, you’ll get more street cred if you dress as Lunamaria Hawke from Gundam SEED Destiny than as the giant mecha himself. Most importantly, though, choose a character that speaks to you. If that happens to be Ken from Street Fighter, then so be it.
2. Draw a detailed illustration of the outfit.
What is the character’s best outfit? How does she wear her hair? What accessories does she wear? Make a list of things you can buy ready-made at the store, of things you would have to custom-order, and things you can make yourself. Most likely, the entire outfit will be a combination of all three.
3. Buy the parts you need.
Wigs, ribbons, etc. And don’t forget the makeup and color contacts &mdash a must, even if you’re a dude.
4. Make the rest.
Find a fabric and accessories store near you. If you don’t know how to sew, now’s the time to learn.
5. Try it on.
Make sure everything fits perfectly, and check back with the original animated drawings to double check that you look like a replica of the character. It’s okay to add your own unique touches, but the idea is to step out of your own skin and enter the 2D world &mdash so keep that in mind.
6. Practice posing.
Perfect at least half a dozen solid in-character poses. Folks are going to want to take pictures of you, and it would be terribly shameful and a waste of all the hard work in steps 1-5 if you don’t finish this off with some kick-ass photo opps. Also, if you’re planning to make this into a regular thing, make some business cards with your “cosplay name” and a second cell phone number or email for the fans and other “layers” who will want to communicate with you about your future appearances.
This post is part of a theme day: BBG on Fashion