You might have seen a group of people walking across the street in elaborate costumes. No, it isn’t an early Halloween. What you see is probably a group of cosplayers.
If you have no clue what cosplayers look like, take to the Web! There are dozens of sites where you can check out pictures from expos, house parties and even every day street attire. Try looking at some funny pictures on break.com for starters.
If you are aspiring to get into cosplay, either for Halloween or for an upcoming convention, look no further. Here are a few tips to get you started:
What is Cosplay?
Often compared to LARP’s (Live Action Role Play), cosplayers dress up as their favorite characters from movies, video games, magna or anime. Cosplay has been influential into popular culture, especially in Asia, where Japanese street fashion has a twist of cosplay.
The term cosplay — which conjoins the words “costume” and “play” — was actually coined by Japanese animator Nobuyuki Takahashi after attending an anime convention in Los Angeles in 1984, according to the Huffington Post. Now cosplay is known world-wide and millions of people participate in hundreds of cosplay conventions around the world.
Alodia Gosiengfiao, a Filipina cosplayer as the Baroness.