We are also a family of professional cosplayers and visit many comic cons throughout the year, both in the UK and overseas. What is cosplay I hear some of you ask?! It’s a relatively uncommon term, unless you frequent film and comic conventions. The Wikipedia description is as follows:
"a contraction of the words costume play, is a hobby in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture, and a broader use of the term “cosplay” applies to any costumed role-playing in venues apart from the stage. Any entity that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject. Favourite sources include manga & anime, comic books &cartoons, video games, and live-action films and television series."
Basically it’s dressing up in your favourite TV/Film/Comic/Anime/video game/book character, going to conventions and meeting other like-minded people and having fun! People re-enact scenes as their chosen character, do photoshoots, go to charity events – basically anywhere that you can bring joy to others in awesome costumes! It was a term originally coined in Japan in the 80s. But over the years it has gradually become worldwide and now is really big business. Conventions are springing up all around the country where fans get the chance to meet and have photos taken with famous actors, meet other people into the same shows as them, buy collectable merchandise, get autographs, enter cosplay competitions and generally have a brilliant time.
If you are looking to get into cosplay and don't know where to start, then give us a ring or pop in and see us. We can advise on how to get started on choosing your costume, how to create them yourselves, or you can get us to make it for you. We can also tell you about conventions in your area, what to expect when you get there, how photo ops and autograph sessions work etc etc.
If you would like to discuss a cosplay comission, please contact us. As an experienced dressmaker/seamstress I can make a wide range of costumes of all styles. I also work in Worbla, EVA foam, clay, leather and have a 3D printer. So we can turn our hands to most things. The question everyone wants to know is how much. It is generally difficult to give a price for a cosplay costume as they are all so different and involve a lot of different processes to recreate a costume you see on a film, which is frequently CGI enhanced, into a workable, flexible costume for you to comfortably wear. I have to factor in research time, design time, putting together a pattern, fittings, cutting, pinning, construction and material costs. So a proper handmade, bespoke cosplay costume won't be cheap. But it will also be far more value for money than the mass produced costumes you see on eBay & Wish that come from China, which never come up to expectations in both looks and quality. I work at £12 an hour and all the above mentioned points in creating a costume will incur a charge. So you could be looking at hundreds of pounds, even a thousand plus.