I do quite a lot of closet cosplays (or costumes that become part of my closet haha!) and a few ghetto cosplays, but I do try and make my makeup, contacts and wigs really show who the character is, and make sure the costume is accurate.
I would agree with Yuka that it annoys me too - but only if they do not look different, and are not worn at conventions, like someone just taking 50 shots of them looking exactly the same with different wigs/accessories/no makeup/etc!
This makes more sense to me, and I agree entirely. Making a costume individual even if you are reusing items is part of the challange. And someone else mentioned that some uniforms aren't actually all identical? That would be a case where I wouldn't reuse one. (Also, thank you so much for the lovely comments <3).
But it does make sense to collapse each costume into a costume file, say all your Kingdom Hearts Organisation into one, all your Full Metal Alchemist into one and all your Sailor Moon Usagi into one or something like this? It also makes it easier for people to find your costume on your list.
Such a good idea. <3 If I ever feel the need to put one of my casual cosplays up here I will so use it.
Also, material choices are one of my biggest pet peeves. For me, when I make a cosplay I try to think about the character, where they come from, what public status, what time period, what fabrics they themselves would have access too, etc...
In my opinion, a good fabric choice can be the lynchpin in making a cosplay look fantastic ^^
Oh God, so much this. It's something I only really realised this year, but it makes such a HUGE difference. It's one of the reasons I'm trying to cut down on the amount of costumes I do this year, because the cost of each one is gradually creeping up as I put more thought into the accuracy.
I also agree with what people have been saying about closet cosplays only being worn in people's bedrooms. I've done so many of those types of things (throwing together stuff out of my closet for a brief photo after something someone's said), and it's been fun at the time, but I'd never upload them to a site like this, or wear them out of my bedroom in such a state (although many inspire me to improve on them so that I can wear them to a meet). What I consider to be closet cosplay is something like L or K from Gravitation where all the elements of a cosplay can be brought from the shops, but still need some amount of tweeking to get perfect. Like Xaerael said, it's almost impossible to find the perfect item shelf brought, and so you're sacrificing accuracy to do that.
Still, I want to repeat what I said first of all: sometimes you can only get to quality through quantity. You have to learn somewhere, and every costume is a learning process. For me, 25 costumes in two and a half years involves an incredible amount of learning (I fitted a sleeve for the first time last night, for example), and I wouldn't have got to the position I'm in at the moment where I can focus on quality instead if I hadn't focused on quantity before. A balance is needed.
Ah, if only we all had the time to do both! XD
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