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Cosplay Survey

Because I feel like it. I was a cosplayer LONG before I was a Lolita, and I'm not gonna stop just because of Lolis who talk down upon it. :)

Who did you first cosplay as?
Kamiya Kaoru from Rurouni Kenshin. I really want to go back and remake it.

When and where did you first cosplay?
Otakon 2005, my first convention.

When and where was the last time you cosplayed?
Otakon 2011, Baltimore, MD.

Who have you cosplayed as in the past?
Kamiya Kaoru (Rurouni Kenshin)
Haruno Sakura (Naruto)
Sakuma Ryuichi (Gravitation)
Roxas (Kingdom Hearts II)
Cloud Strife (Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children)
Aerith Gainsborough (Final Fantasy VII)
Relm Arrowny (Final Fantasy VI)
Hitachiin Kaoru (Ouran Koukou Host Club)
Suki (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
Integra Hellsing (Hellsing)
Hikari Netto (Rockman.EXE)
BLU Scout's Mom (Team Fortress 2)
Pansy Parkinson (Harry Potter)
Princess Peach (Mario anthology)
Narcissa Black/Malfoy (Harry Potter, her school uniform and her older self)
Lady Une (Gundam Wing)
Bulma Briefs (Dragonball Z)

I'm sure there's others, but I can't remember right this second.

Who is your favourite person to cosplay as?
So far, Lady Une. It's a costume I've wanted to do for years now.

Who do you REALLY wanna cosplay as?
Kamiya Kaoru (remake it, it was SO bad last time!)
Iris Thorne (Megaman X4... someday. I want sheet metal, hydraulics in the boots, everything.)
Maria Renard (Castlevania: Symphony of the Night)
Kakyuu-hime (Sailor Stars)
Kimono Girl (old-school Pokemon games!)
Fujioka Haruhi (OHSHC)

How many of your friends cosplay?
A huge amount of them.

Have you ever walked around in public in your cosplay outfit?
Who hasn't?

Have people in public ever recognised you and asked for photos?
Quite a few. I usually get them on Halloween, I go to the mall with my friends before trick-or-treating. I don't do unrecognizeable cosplays for Halloween.

Have you ever made your own cosplay outfit?
I have only bought one of them, my Ouran uniform.

What was your favourite cosplay experience?
It's hard to pinpoint one. Right now, it's this past Otakon as Lady Une, someone passing me on the skywalk pulled a perfect Treize voice and told me to "be more graceful." It made me really look forward to my fiance doing Treize with me next year.

What is your worst cosplay experience?
Being cursed out by a con center staffer as Bulma when I tried to sit down on some stairs and grab a granola bar from my bag so I could eat between photoshoots so I didn't pass out. Seriously, dude, I have a medical condition.

When and where did you first learn of cosplay?
My brother had a Star Trek uniform from Halloween one year, and he was looking into redoing it for a local sci-fi con. Searching for new stuff on the interwebs, we found cosplay. And then we decided to go to Otakon for the first time.

What did you think of it then?
That's awesome!

What do you think of it now?
Still awesome!

Where do you usually cosplay?
Conventions, photoshoots or Halloween. I won't just cosplay randomly.

Have you ever done a cosplay skit on stage?
No, but I have entered into a costume contest (and failed).

Have you ever won a prize for said skit?

Do you plan your cosplay outfits waaay before you’re meant to wear them?
I typically plan them a year in advance, but I've also been known to bang out a full costume in a week or less.

Have you ever been to a convention and cosplayed?
Are you paying attention at all?

Ever have something terrible happen to your outfit?
Stains, stains, stains. I once tried to clean my brother's Cid goggles with my Aerith dress and stained it, so I had to wear the Amano version for all the FF shoots that weekend. It's so much hotter :P

What is the best thing about cosplay?
Meeting people based on cosplay. It's brought me some of my closest friends. It's also very theraputic to sew, stabbing something repeatedly that can't scream.

What is the worst thing about cosplay?
Insults and people talking behind your back about it. Yes, there's usually some sort of inaccuracy about my costume, but I usually put them there. God forbid my wig isn't the exact shade, this one doesn't make my complexion look like a rosebush. Although, my least favorite thing about other people's cosplay is gross inaccuracy and bad fabric/wig choices, and closet cosplay. You can't just throw on a Tripp skirt and a corset and call yourself Misa-Misa. You take a reference picture and build that outfit, or as close to it as you can get, colors, fabrics, prints, accessories.

Why do you cosplay?
I love to sew!

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I'm a growing lolita. That is to say, I've compiled offbrand things for a few years now, and I've started making my own because I have lacked a job and, conversely, enough money to buy secondhand or brand. But I do have a budget now, and I am starting to look to sell some of my offbrand and buy some brand, replicas, Bodyline... anything that I like, so long as it's on the cheaper side of the spectrum.

My feedback page is here: http://eglfeedback.livejournal.com/1465941.html

I do have a tumblr as well, it's all Lolita-related: http://pardonmybloomers.tumblr.com

I fell in love with Classic first. The clean lines, the a-frame skirts, the non-exorbitant amounts of ruffles and lace... just enough classic silhouette. To me, it's a cross between the Victorian and Edwardian eras, two of my favorites in fashion history. I love that the style is more subdued and mature, with darker colors or florals. I especially love the lowered importance of a headress, more along the lines of bows and bonnets.

I love Country and Sweet equally. My first (albeit altered from a maternity dress) JSK was a black and white gingham, and my first selfmade skirt was a bright green gingham. While I prefer looking more mature in Classic, there is a soft spot in my heart for sweet prints, especially Angelic Pretty's Sugary Carnival or Bodyline's Carousel print.

My favorite colourways in coords are lavender, wine, mint and cream, with accessories in black or white.

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