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20 Jan 2010 - 22:5825792
I don't think anyone is having a go at professionals for being professional.

29 Jan 2010 - 13:2826324
I think even without people actually coming up to you and giving you constructive criticism about what you've got on, wearing a costume at a con is a self-evaluative kind of process in itself. Even while you've got your months of hard work and devious construction on, you're looking around at other people's costumes and comparing them to your own, and deciding what you want to alter/remake to make it better for the next time you wear it based on how well your costume fares during the day. And so, in a way, it doesn't actually matter if nobody recognises your character - as long as you're happy with what you've done just wearing it out and seeing the other costumes around you is a learning process in itself.

And in addition to that, I think the really nice thing about the UK cosplay scene is that you can just come up to a random person whose costume looks really awesome and start talking to them about how they made it. I find out so many things by talking to other cosplayers, and in that way beginners like myself can expand their knowledge and get ideas for new approaches.

And hey, if somebody does come up to you and say "This is a great costume and if you do X for your next remake you can also get it to look more like your character" then that's extra information for you for next time. The people who say "This looks crap" can be quite safely ignored because if they don't have the ability to tell you how to improve it then they clearly lack the skills to judge it in the first place.

Also, I think it's wrong to look down on people who do the simple cosplays, the school uniforms and the like. You can learn just as much from making one of those and have just as much fun as if you're wearing something way more complicated. I got into such a stress making Lisa Basil for Aya last year because it was well beyond my limits - it was a real buzz actually wearing it, but I got just as much as a one from running around as Miyako from Hidamari Sketch at Fuyucon, in a simple pinafore top and skirt. Simply because it wasn't stressful to make and I could run around being a total spack like she is XD

So yeah, tl;dr simple can be good, and I think the most important thing about cosplaying is to share your joy, y'know? I think it'd be a sad day for anybody doing cosplay if we all stopped talking to each other and did nothing but parade our latest creations at the masquerade and shoot dagger glares at all our 'rivals'! Keep the community spirit and we'll all be fine

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