Time to Get Your Cosplay On
By Nina Syahira
August 13, 2014
Ever walked down the street and saw people in costumes hanging around, thinking you might have accidentally wandered onto a superhero movie set?
If you don’t hear a director yelling out “Cut!”, they’re most likely cosplayers and you’ve only just entered the sacred realm of a comic convention without realizing it. The video above cleverly mixes the fantasy world of beloved characters from the Assassin’s Creed video game series with real life. And that’s how a comic convention would more or less look like.
Don’t panic though. Cosplayers are people too! They’re just paying homage to their favourite movie or anime character by looking like them, complete with elaborate costumes and accessories. So relax, that katana she’s wielding isn’t a real sword.
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The term “cosplay” (a combination of costume and play) was first coined in 1984 when Nobuyuki Takahashi noticed how fans who turned up at the World Science Fiction Convention in Los Angeles were wearing costumes. Thus began Japan’s love for costume play that quickly spread to the rest of the world. The reason why this has gotten more and more popular each year is perhaps the freedom to be anyone or anything else while showing off their creativity through their outfits. This even breeds a certain type of obsession where these people are called otakus.
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Dressing up as your favourite real life or fictional character may be nothing new with the common celebration of certain festivals like Halloween but this hobby is actually different. While adorning various costumes complete with accessories for that signature look, it is also important to know how to behave like the chosen characters.
With the Singapore Toys, Games and Comic Convention already coming up next month, let us help you prepare for it by getting your costume ready. Below are some tips for you on how to join in the fun!
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1. Pick a character
Anime. Manga. Science fiction. Fantasy. These are the top favourites when it comes to cosplaying. The possibilities seem endless and there are hundreds of characters you can choose from. But if you’re more of an action movie buff or just prefer American animated sitcoms like The Simpsons, feel free to pick one of them instead. As long as it fits the theme of the convention you’re going to, there’s no shame in that.
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2. Know the costume
Next, figure out which costume you want to wear to the convention. Some characters would have a few signature looks so pick one that you like best. Take note of what you need to make it work. How many pieces of clothing are there in total? Hair colour? Shoes? Are there any other accessories or props to go with that too? Like the one pictured above, it’s not just the character of Galadriel from Lord of the Rings but rather the so-called evil version in this iconic scene from the movie.
3. Decide on how to get the outfit
As you can tell by now, the costume is very important when it comes to cosplaying. It’s the first thing people notice and can be a great ice-breaker at conventions too. So be sure to get a good quality costume either by buying it from a shop or making one yourself.
Some outfits may be easier to put together but if you really want to make an impression, go crazy on the details no matter how small. This would really set the tone to your look. Visit costume stores (here’s a good list in Singapore!) to look at various garment patterns and necessary accessories. You can also hop online instead for a Mjölnir replica to go with the rest of your Thor getup. It would be pretty expensive but so worth it!
Time management is essential too. If you’re pressed for time, you can buy whole outfits instead of sewing your costume together yourself. But you can’t always guarantee great quality unless you know the seller.
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4. Study your character
This is the part that separates the hobby from other costume-wearing parties. Getting into character is important and quite possibly a lot more fun than just parading around the place in the chosen outfit. Learn how to act, talk and behave like your favourite character when interacting with other people. Try out different skills like parkour (practise safety!) or just change the way you walk to embrace the character. Cosplayers would really appreciate that. This would encourage everyone else to participate as well, making it a fun and enjoyable experience for all.
5. Pose, pose, pose!
Now that you’re ready to look and play the part of your chosen character, put on your best pose for the camera! Test out the costume before the event. Show it off to your friends first. Then be sure to capture all your fondest memories during the convention and upload them on social media. Share your love for cosplay with other fans!
Check out our #SGcosplay contest on Instagram (@safrasgp) to win tickets to the STGCC 2014 event in September! Contest is now up and running till 20th August so hurry!
Need more costume ideas but don’t have enough time? Check our past tips here!