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23 Feb 2008 - 19:161740
Cosplay philosophy

I just wanted to ask what people think is important when it comes to cosplay? When I made my first cosplay I considered it as paying homage to a character I like, but three years later I'm making a costumes from a game I haven't even played cos I think it looks cool!

I've made all mine, but is it 'cheating' if you buy a costume?

And I'm sure most of us have been guilty at some point of laughing heartily at cosplays that look really bad - so is it really important to look good or is it 'the taking part that counts'?

What do YOU think? *dramatic intonation*

23 Feb 2008 - 21:041741
Hmm, an interesting and complex question!

Personally, I started because I liked working with my hands, and I loved the idea of dressing up as characters that I liked. I've kept doing it partly for that reason, and also because, although I work in a creative industry, it gives me an outlet for my creativity that's really just for me.

I enjoy competitive cosplay (even though in 11 years of cosplaying I've never won a thing!), and I believe that if something's worth doing, it's worth doing well. But I believe in having fun with it too. If the day ever comes where I don't get excited at the idea of buying loads of fabric and creating something from it, that's when I'll stop. As it is, if I go to a convention and don't cosplay, I really do feel like I'm missing out on something.

I don't think it's "cheating" to buy a costume, unless you try to pass it off as being all your own work and/or enter competitions with it. If I wanted to cosplay as a character but didn't have the time or felt I didn't have the skill to make the costume, I'd look into buying it, and I don't see what's wrong with that. I'm always going to prioritise my job over my cosplay; that's how it works. Buying a costume seems to be a good compromise in cases like that.

Ooh, them's a lot of words...

Cara bell', cara mia bella, mia bambina, o ciel!

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26 Feb 2008 - 11:221760
I started cosplaying because I love to dress up, but I never really got the chance in day-to-day living. This gave me the chance to dress up with an excuse, and it also meant that I could be creative, and keep myself busy!

I personally don't think there's anything wrong with buying a costume - provided you don't go around claiming that you made it, or that you try to enter any competitions with it, because thats just unfair on the people who've spent a lot of time on their own costumes.

01 Mar 2008 - 16:101813
Yeh, I agree - making them can take a very long time!

But do you find that made ones look better? I mean I suppose it depends on how good you are with materials. Do you tend to find, though, that bought cosplays have a tendency to not fit people well at all?

02 Mar 2008 - 23:551834
I Love dressing up, I think that that was my main incentive to start cosplaying.

Originally, I couldn't use a sewing machine (I was afraid of sewing my fingers >< but now... I'm learning slowly slowly, I take evry oppurtunity to help make cosplays, now I'm even starting to make my friend's.

This seems strange, since it was only, what 2 or 3 years ago that my friends were making mine ^^

I have bought costumes in the past (Oh yes the infamous ebay monster) but thats honestly because I wanted dearly to be that character for the day. But whenever I was asked if I made it, I said no, it was bought. as long as you say, yeh I bought it, I don't see a problem with it.

I wouldn't say that the bought ones look better either. I mean, generally, you can look around a convention and go, "that is bought" there just something not quite right, unless the person has added to it in some way.
I think the costumes have no personality to speak of... this is why, I think they are not better.

In the end though, you could have the best costume with the most beautiful girl in it, and she could look like someone removed, she wouldn't suit the costume, even if it was fitted to her perfect body. Theres something that the cosplayer themselves brings to the convention, an energy and an understanding of the cosplay, of the character.

Even the worst made cosplays... you can see something in the pride of the cosplayer wearing it. That they tried hard, but also in their pose, the life that they bring...

Isn't that what its all about?

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