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17 Jun 2013 - 01:14104131
Will my cosplay be too revealing for MCM?
Hello fellow cosplayers!

I am starting to worry about my cosplay that I will be wearing to MCM in Oct. I will be cosplaying as New 52 Starfire and it has only just come to mind that some (or all?) conventions have restrictions on revealing cosplays :S

I have already began on making this costume and I am putting a lot of money and time into it so it will not be trashy in any shape or form.

I'd like to know if anyone has ever been asked to leave for wearing a revealing costume or if anyone know's of any rules as I cant find any (only on props).

Many thanks,


Here is a reference picture:

http://readrant.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/starfire-1.jpg


17 Jun 2013 - 07:41104132
I've not seen any official rules on appropriateness of costume for MCM, but remember that they sell themselves as a family show. If you're concerned about how revealing it is, there might be an issue there

I'd be more concerned about how you plan to keep those boob strips on though! Doublesided-tape is not to be trusted in a warm environment! Could you cheat and make a sort of bandeau top using very sheer flesh-tone nylon (like nude tights) just for some support?


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17 Jun 2013 - 08:48104133
I think you should fine tbh, star fire is covered up in all the sensitive areas lol but just prepare to be a bit chilly and get a lot of attention lol

On a side note myself and my buddy will have to bring along our Arsenal and Red good cosplays to get some pics with you! Outlaws FTW! Lol



Last edited by Numta (17 Jun 2013 - 08:49)
17 Jun 2013 - 10:14104137
i agree that i guess you will have to be prepared for a lot of attention. but taking into account that it is a 'family affair' you may get some negative looks from disapproving motherly types.

that said i wouldn't have an issue with my *non-existent* kids seeing someone dressed like that given the nature of the event and knowing that people will be dressed in all sorts of exciting/weird/wonderful garb.

i think it'll look great and i'm sure it'll be fine xxx


17 Jun 2013 - 11:44104141
Thank you very much guys you've put my mind a ease! I'm not worried about attention or the negative looks I'm very oblivious and wouldn't realise anyway hehe ^_^

Well, I plan on sticking it on with a strong spirit gum! Do you think spirit gum will work well?

Of course fellow outlaw! I will see you there

Thanks again


17 Jun 2013 - 11:50104142
Quote Llillybet:
Thank you very much guys you've put my mind a ease! I'm not worried about attention or the negative looks I'm very oblivious and wouldn't realise anyway hehe ^_^

Well, I plan on sticking it on with a strong spirit gum! Do you think spirit gum will work well?

Of course fellow outlaw! I will see you there

Thanks again


Yeah dont worry about the looks you get just keep calm and stay awesome! lol

Spirit gum should be fine but i'd also use stuff like 'boob tape' to be double sure that stuff isnt going to leave you a little embarrassed! xD

yeah we'll have to sort out a shoot or something for the outlaws if you're up for it of course =D


17 Jun 2013 - 13:54104145
take a long coat or blanket just in case


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17 Jun 2013 - 15:05104148
Quote Llillybet:
Well, I plan on sticking it on with a strong spirit gum! Do you think spirit gum will work well?


Spirit gum will be much more secure than boob tape. In summer 20123 I wa a cosplay hander for someone who's top had to stick on. Shop-bought "fashion tape" failed her. Even DIY store double-sided tape wasn't 100% reliable.

Remember to check the safety warning on any gum you get, and to test it for allergic reaction. Also check it doesn't damage the material on a scrap first!

I also highly recommend having a friend with you to keep an eye on your modesty (and carry a shirt/jacket/blanket). You might not notice if it peels away slightly if you've been wearing it a long time. A spotter can save you lots of embarrasment.


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Last edited by PandoraCaitiff (17 Jun 2013 - 15:05)
17 Jun 2013 - 16:20104150
I will pack every adhesive I can use haha that booby strap aint going nowhere xD

Yeah totally up for a shoot

Thank you for all your replys! I will most likely take a baggy shirt with me and I will have my boyfriend with me at all times so he'll be able to let me know!


17 Jun 2013 - 18:11104152
I'd be VERY careful now, there are new rules for MCM regarding costume appropriateness which can be seen here:

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/1005873_10151520917673655_1547432552_n.jpg

maybe even contact one of the staff to query it, which is what i've done over my Psycho Mantis costume as BDSM gear is no longer allowed and that's basically all his costume is -_-

Just giving you a heads up


17 Jun 2013 - 23:08104164
Quote N-Tail:
I'd be VERY careful now, there are new rules for MCM regarding costume appropriateness which can be seen here:

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/1005873_10151520917673655_1547432552_n.jpg


Have you got the page that's linked from? As that extract looks like the Masquerade guidelines. I've not seen anything on floor costumes before/


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17 Jun 2013 - 23:43104165
With spirit gum , I;ve found that it melts a little when it;s really hot! Keep some with you just in case you need to reapply it.


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17 Jun 2013 - 23:51104166
Wether that quote is for masquerade or not theres rules on what you can and cant wear in public its called public decency if you dress in a way that causes distress, alarm or outrage you can be arrested.

Personally I think of it in terms of would you wear it to the beach.

To me therefore the strips covering your chest are far less that what a bikini top would normally cover so I would say that you either need to make the strips wider or make a skin coloured top like gymnasts, ice skaters etc wear to be covered.

Also I have no idea what chest size you are but those strips offer no sort of support like a bra would which could easily cause an issue.

October is normally cold with a good chance of rain so wearing so little would not be pleasant in that sort of weather either.


18 Jun 2013 - 15:11104200
I've never heard of there being any rules.
If you're worried about it being too revealing perhaps you should look into maybe a 'cat suit' or a 'morph suit', maybe a flesh-tone top?

If you're confident revealing most parts of your body then you should be fine, but expect a lot of eyes.

People wear all kinds of clothing there and I've seen a lot of near-nude costumes.

Others have done it before:
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/p480x480/941786_306205869514046_1943341334_n.jpg

So it shouldn't be too much of a problem if you don't care about random creepers staring at you - If you don't want to be exposed to that then wear something skin coloured. You want the costume to look authentic, but for it to still be respectable to yourself.


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Last edited by captain0ldy0da (21 Jun 2013 - 23:02)
18 Jun 2013 - 15:25104201
As a crew member working the cosplay desk I was told to ask one cosplayer to wear a jacket over her costume. The primary issue there was that she had strips covering her breasts similar to your costume, and they were just bits of craft foam attached with double-sided tape. They were peeling to the point that she was at extreme risk of exposing herself, but she appeared decidely unaware of this. There have been embarrassing costume malfunctions occurring at Expo in the past but steps are taken to try and keep those to a minimum. We do have a cosplay repair area available with double-sided tape and various adhesives but I would recommend bringing your own as supplies are used up quickly.

Overall I would recommend contacting to verify how likely it is that you may be asked to cover the costume up, rather than just assuming it will be okay, or asking on a forum like this. If you find out ahead of time then you won't be disappointed on the day.

In addition if you receive unwanted attention or are touched in an inappropriate manner by any individual it is important to tell security services on the day and provide a description of the individual so something can be done about it. Excel grounds also include the outside grassed area up to the Novotel, so anything happening there or inside Excel, you should report to Excel security guards.



Last edited by madmazda86 (18 Jun 2013 - 15:29)
18 Jun 2013 - 22:21104227
I have just emailed MCM to confirm


18 Jun 2013 - 22:40104228
Goodo, it's all volunteer staff so may be a while before they reply. Nothing to stop you continuing with the costume in the meantime - after all, you can always have a private photoshoot done ^^


21 Jun 2013 - 23:00104386
Hmm, I emailed MCM before and they never got back to me. That was like, last October. I was thinking of cosplaying as Kroenen and I was wondering if things relating to the Nazis were banned or deemed offensive...

Always good trying, though.


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Last edited by captain0ldy0da (21 Jun 2013 - 23:02)
24 Jun 2013 - 11:55104483
People walk around in literally just bandages when they do Lucy from Elfen Lied so you should be fine.
I would never not do a costume because I was worried it was too revealing, if you want to do it, do it. You don't see staff telling the Yokos from TTGL to put their boobs away and they defo didn't tell me to put my butt away when I did Felicia from Darkstalkers, so you will be fine.


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24 Jun 2013 - 16:00104489
I've seen enough near-naked people at the expo to think yours would be fine!
- Also, a few years back in 2011 when the britans next top model event was going on in the same time, I had mothers pulling their children aside away from me and my friend like we were crazy insane dangerous people whilst painting my belly white in the bathrooms!
: p People think we are crazy, but who cares.


24 Jun 2013 - 16:29104492
Quote Inuyoku:
People walk around in literally just bandages when they do Lucy from Elfen Lied so you should be fine.


Quote SergeantVULGAR:
I've seen enough near-naked people at the expo to think yours would be fine!


While you're probably right, using "but everyone else does it" wont save you if they get tougher on what's "family friendly".

People used that justification with weapon props, and loads of them were confiscated in May, for clear breaches of the rules.


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24 Jun 2013 - 16:41104494
I didn't go to the expo last year, so I didn't know about this - Can I ask why the weapons were confiscated?
A couple years ago I saw people dressed as terrorists and they were being escorted out, and that was obviously wrong.


24 Jun 2013 - 17:59104498
Quote SergeantVULGAR:
I didn't go to the expo last year, so I didn't know about this - Can I ask why the weapons were confiscated?
A couple years ago I saw people dressed as terrorists and they were being escorted out, and that was obviously wrong.


The weapons rules have been in place for a few years now, but weren't widely enforced. After a few recent incidents where armed police turned up MCM decided that being a bit more proactive would help with their reputation (and probably insurance costs too).

Apparently they were a bit enthusiatic in applying the rules this May, but most people got their stuff back at the end of the show, and some items were confiscated that broke actual laws, not just Expo rules. (These got given to the police for destruction)


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25 Jun 2013 - 16:34104517
A person came up to the cosplay desk this May with a strung compound bow and real arrows, asking us if these were okay. Granny's response was to take the bow off them and ask them, "Is it okay for me to shoot you with it, using those arrows?"

You can guess what they said in response to that XD

That was just one person who came up to us though, think how many other people are walking around with that sort of thing and not actually realising that it's a hazard, or who deliberately flaunt the rules because 'everyone else does it'. If the bow is brought along with no string and no real arrows then that's fine, but accidents with strung bows and real arrows happen even on archery courses, it's not the kind of thing you want to think about happening at Expo. An arrow shot at close range from a compound has the potential to hurt multiple people depending on where it hits :\

Also, there were actually police vans outside the ExCeL this year and the police were confiscating things as well as security. The Woolwich machete incident made them feel the need to monitor people closely this year. Needless to say, they had a field day.

The moral of the story being, read the prop and weapons rules and stick to them, and email if you're unsure and want to clarify anything. Get in touch in advance of the event rather than a few days before, also - there were a number of props/costume enquiries the day before or during the event that it was not possible to answer because internet access at the ExCeL is limited due to the overloaded wifi and phone networks.

I'm derailing this thread so I will stop there.



Last edited by madmazda86 (25 Jun 2013 - 16:41)
26 Jun 2013 - 23:34104543
If you're worried about the cosplay being too revealing for the rules, you can always incorporate skin coloured power net in with it. It's pretty much the modest way to make skimpy leotards. It gives the illusion of bear skin luckily.


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