Whether you have only recently become even slightly aware of the term ‘Cosplay’ just in the past few weeks, or else have always wanted to know what it is, then you have certainly come to the right place.
So, continue reading if you are interested in a simple guide to the fundamentals of cosplay for beginners.
What Exactly is Cosplay?
For the untrained eye, cosplay could be described as simply dressing up as your favorite character in a television program, movie, or even cartoon.
Originating in Japan, cosplay is, in actual fact, far more complicated and certainly not exclusively reserved for self-described geeks, involving meticulous planning and unrivalled attention to detail to look as similar to the character as humanly possible.
Cosplay is a fantastic way of boosting your overall levels of mental health and wellbeing, a way of making new friends and even close friends who will you know for many years to come, as well as a way of expanding your mind in terms of encouraging your imagination to flourish.
The Advantages of Joining a Cosplay Community
Whether you are someone who isn’t particularly obsessive when it comes to a book, movie, or television series or conversely, you seem to move seemingly from one fandom to another, there are a multitude of fabulous reasons for starting a new hobby in cosplay.
Such reasons include, but are certainly in no way limited to, the following:
- A substantial increase in your capabilities connected to managing your time and more importantly, making the most of your time
- A higher level of physical fitness and well-being
- An aptitude for sewing and creating costumes
- Accessories and clothing make the perfect presents for your Cosplay friends and family members who are also interested in the hobby
- A renewed level of energy and a boost in overall levels of motivation
Choosing Your First Costume
Choosing your first cosplay character is incredibly exciting and it would make sense that you choose someone who you are exceedingly familiar with and entirely passionate about.
Once you have decided, make sure to pay attention to every detail and it is a good idea to invest in quality fabric scissors and other equipment. In addition, there is a wide selection of cosplay supplies online, just make sure you are buying from a reputable and renowned retailer.
Now you know the fundamental basics of cosplay, it is time to get out there, join a community, and attend your first convention or meet-up.
From Star Trek and Harry Potter to Game of Thrones and Stranger Things, there is no end to the different types and genres of cosplay groups and no television show or book that is too obscure.
Always choose a character you not only adore but know a lot about and be sure to choose someone who you can recreate their signature costume that involves cheaper clothing and accessories. There is no need to spend the proverbial earth when you are just getting started.