Cosplay is a big part of many people’s lives, allowing them a chance to step into someone else’s shoes and escape from everyday life. With the rise of conventions sweeping the world, Cosplay is becoming something more and more people are getting into. As a result of this, communities of cosplayers are sprouting up. Some who meet up at different Cons to band together as a ‘Star Wars’ garrison or meeting at a movie release to be ‘The Avengers’. Something that is incredible about Cosplay is the level of detail that goes into the costumes, some spending hours and hours on working out the perfect colours, textiles and even going so far as to include advanced electronics!
We have asked a series of questions to each cosplayer in the hope that we can provide you all with some ideas on how to get started or some tips on how to develop your own craft further!
In this edition of “Let’s Talk Cosplay” we talk to Alicia, who goes by Alice and is 31, originally from Spain but currently living in Liverpool, UK.
- How long have you been Cosplaying?
I started this hobby in 2009 and I have already done over a hundred cosplays, I had fun with each one of them
- What inspired you to get started?
I used to go to small conventions in my city and one day my friends suggested dressing up for a new event. I always loved crafts so I got a few things from my wardrobe, a pair of scissors, glue, and Tifa was born! She was my first cosplay ever
- What would you say has been your biggest challenge to date?
I always try to find a new big challenge every year, one of the biggest ones was my Hana from Gate 7. It was a very big kimono with many layers and lots of different pieces and I had to use many different techniques and materials. Another big challenge was Velvet from Tales of Berseria, I made the mechanism of her demon hand from scratch, only that piece took me a week. The latest challenge has been my Wonder Woman, I made not only the armour, but also her cloak and her incognito dress. I probably spent over 6 months to make sure everything was perfect.
- Which is your favourite Cosplay you have done so far?
It is very difficult for me to choose a favourite cosplay, obviously Hana and Velvet are very special, but maybe my eldar farseer is the one as it is one of the first cosplays I made with my own patterns and different materials. I was very proud of it at the time and I still am.
- What has been your favourite Cosplay interaction you’ve had at a convention?
I love meeting new people in competitions, it is one of the best parts of Cosplay, we are all friendly backstage and we help each other and talk about our hobby.
- What, if any, difficulties have you encountered?
People can be very mean, especially online. It is very easy to criticise someone or something online and people don’t seem to be aware that this is a hobby. We do it for ourselves because we like it. In general people are very friendly in the conventions and that is the part that I prefer
- If you are happy to share, what future Cosplay do you have planned?
I have so many cosplays planned that I don’t know where to start! There is a couple of RWBY characters, CLAMP ones and hopefully a new Wonder Woman outfit very soon.
- What advice would you give to someone looking to get started?
Google is your best friend! If you don’t know how to start, what materials you should use or where to get a good pattern just research it first. There is a lot of information out there and there is always someone that will be happy to help you. I do have many tutorials in my page and I am always happy to help. Also, start with something easy and keep trying, your first cosplay will never be as good as your last.
- What items/ tools/ techniques would you say are imperative in a new Cosplayers tool kit?
Your imagination is the best tool! I started with absolutely nothing and managed to do decent cosplays, now my best tools are my sewing machine, my heat gun and my brushes. It will all depend on your cosplay style, some people prefer fabrics, other foam or worbla armours, personally I like to mix as many things as possible, even a simple bottle of water can be used as a part of your cosplay, just remember to be creative and have fun!
Big thanks to Alice for giving us a fantastic insight into her fantastic Cosplay journey. You can keep up to date with Alice’s incredible cosplays here;