What is cosplay and why is it so popular?

It's not just superhero tights you need for cosplay. Most of the time is spent preparing for the right clothes, not dressing up or performing. To that end, cosplayers expand their knowledge and skills in tailoring, clothing design and makeup. After all, cosplay is about clothing, accessories and other paraphernalia of a famous character, including makeup.

Does cosplay have to stay faithful?

Not necessarily. Inspiration comes from everywhere: video games, anime, movies, TV series or short stories. However, this does not mean an obligation to scrupulously follow the source material. Cosplayers enjoy discovering different visions of different characters, such as portraying someone from the Victorian era in a completely different style. The main thing is to keep the character recognizable. There are also no restrictions on origin or even gender.

Is Halloween also cosplay?

No. Although cosplay comes from a variety of sources, including horror movies, Halloween is hard to call a cosplay holiday. It's mostly a difference of motives. Cosplay involves recreating an outfit and performing a role.

Where and when did it start?

Cosplay, contrary to appearances, did not originate in Japan, where today it is an integral part of the country's pop culture. The birthplace of cosplay is considered to be the 1st World Science Fiction Convention in New York City in 1939. Why did the costumes, prepared by Arizona native Morojo, a fan of the science fiction genre, begin?

In 1984, cross-dressing and acting became known as cosplay. Since the 1990s, interest in the hobby has grown rapidly in Japan and around the world. There are now many conventions (fan conventions) and contests where you can win material and monetary prizes for the best cosplay. Not forgetting the creation of cosplay magazines and books, documents and reality shows, or a lot of social media activity.

Cosplay and role-playing - how much is cross-dressing related to acting?

In cosplay, in addition to carefully sewn costumes, there is also acting. Cosplayers are expected to act as if they were the chosen character. This is where new elements come into play: imitation, character poses as if from the cover and even spoken lines.

So what do cosplay and role-playing have in common? The answer is not unambiguous. Role-playing - as the name clearly implies - focuses solely on the performance of a role. Some of the cosplay is there, too. The important difference between cosplay is the costume, and role-playing does not require cross-dressing. The hobbies are not mutually exclusive.

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