Use This, Not That: Knowledge Pitfalls

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Some of the largest problems that people have with creating costumes is not necessarily the lack of money or material resources, but the lack of knowledge. My very first realization of this issue was when I was cosplaying as Princess Mononoke. I have been making costumes for quite a while and the costume that I […]

Some of the largest problems that people have with creating costumes is not necessarily the lack of money or material resources, but the lack of knowledge. My very first realization of this issue was when I was cosplaying as Princess Mononoke. I have been making costumes for quite a while and the costume that I was wearing was extremely expensive. I had spent a year’s worth of time studying the materials that I was to use. I also spent quite a large sum of money to make sure that I had the proper materials that would yield me the best results for this costume. While cosplaying at an Anime convention I had, by chance, ran across another individual was also cosplaying as the same character.

It was extremely noticeable that his costume was extremely poorly made using the absolute worst materials I’ve ever seen anyone make a costume out of. I found his costume quite humorous and amusing in the worst possible ways. His dress was made out of felt that he had glued together & the pelts that the character was known to ware, he had made out of what could be described as fake toy lambs fur. Not only did the costume reminded me of a train wreck, but also none of the colors even remotely match that of what the character actually wore. The simple blue dress was a bright neon purple and the white wolf pelt was that closer to a yellow. If I had not done so much studying on the character is very possible that I would not have been able to even guess which character he was trying to portray.

This young man within a short period of time had taken a liking to me. Which was cute for the first five minutes, but after half a convention it became quite annoying. Out of sheer cruelty I had made a comment to him that “If we were in a contest it would be a very difficult decision between our two costumes”. He immediately became quite offended, and of course my true nature is not to be offensive, so I naturally attempted to soft in the blow. “That is of course, if we both had the same amount of money the same amount of time, and the same in the amount of knowledge of sewing and other skills. In that case that it truly would be a very tight competition.”

Shortly after wards he was far more calmer and more content and I think in a way he had heard something that he needed to hear and he let me be for the rest the convention. More importantly, was the fact that I heard something that I needed to hear. I needed to realize that the main problem that cosplayers have is not necessarily the amount of money or not necessarily the amount of time, or not necessarily amount of wisdom and knowledge or skill, but a requirement of at least two or more of those in which people are lacking and causes major problems to rise. Not having enough resources, skills, finances or time causes massive cosplay failure.

The “Use This, Not That: Cosplay” series is aimed to help people who want to create a higher quality cosplay costume using the time and the resources and the skills they already have, but adding the extra knowledge to use their current resources to create a better costume.

Please join me as I unveil this new world to you.

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