Q: What has been your favourite cosplay?
Organic Angel Alexiel from Angel Sanctuary. It has been my
most time consuming and most expensive costume to date but it was
absolutely worth it in the end. She has had a bit of a remake and
update between conventions but now I think sheís complete at last.
I think what puts Alexiel at the top, without a doubt really, is the
three feathered wings that I made to wear with the costume. Most
characterís are happy with just two wings, but not Alexiel, just to be
awkward! Making a harness that could support three large angel
wings to begin with was a challenge but I eventually managed it, and
ever since making costume wings has become a bit of a passion of mine.
Iím now considering a character who has six wings, something which I
would never have even dreamt of before Alexiel!
Q: Most memorable moment whilst cosplaying?
Oh there really have been so many!
Every convention has its own most memorable moments,
but a few stand out such as going up on stage in the
masquerade at a
London MCM Expo as Alexiel and winning second
place, oh and the other weekend at the October Expo
again going up on stage as part of a Steampunk
group, to an incredible soundtrack and to such an
applause that I was left with goosebumps ^_^
The masquerade is always a highlight for me. I
love getting up on that stage, so most of my
memorable moments are times like that.
Q: Have you had any cosplays go wrong/encountered problems
whilst making cosplays?
Of course :-\ If making a
cosplay is going too smoothly then you know that
something really is wrongÖitís inevitable that
youíre going to hit a few snags and problems along
the way! Iíve had a few wig problems in the
past, letís just say that sometimes it really is
worth it to pay a little extra for quality ^_^í
Postal strikes are always problematic for cosplayers,
as a wig of mine once turned up two days too late
for a convention because of it. Also, when I
wore my Morrigan (from Darkstalkers - ed.)
costume to an Expo, it was so incredibly packed and
busy with people that my wings were constantly being
knocked and bumped into, and one ended up being bent
out of shape and broken by the end of the day :-(
Itíll be fixed in time for Morriganís next outing
Q: Have you ever regretted cosplaying?
Never! Thereís been moments
when Iím wearing the most uncomfortable boots in the
world (which seems to be a recurring theme of mine!)
where I just want to sit down and kick them off and
take a break from being in costume for a whileÖ but
then someone comes along to ask for a picture and it
wouldnít even matter if Iíd been walking around on
nails all day, Iíd be back on my feet and ready to
go again! But seriously, cosplaying has given
me some of the best and most enjoyable experiences
of my life. I canít imagine what Iíd be
filling my days off and weekends with if I didnít
have costumes to make and wear. Itíd be so
dull and boring, thatís for sure!
Q: Have you ever done group cosplay? If so how did you find
Iíve been a part of a few groups now, but I think that
really I am more of a solo cosplayer, however I still enjoy getting to
be a part of a cosplay group alongside friends. I was asked to
cosplay Integra as part of a
Hellsing group and, at first, I was reluctant as I wasnít sure if
Integra really fit the style that my cosplays usually go for. I
prefer big and bold and making a statement! But I was eventually
persuaded to do so and now Iím so glad that I did. Integra has
become one of my favourite cosplays, and it wouldnít have been so if it
had not been for my group ^_^ The best part for me is being able
to get so many great photoís of all the characters together, recreating
scenes from animť and manga and even creating a few new scenarios of our
own. You can be so creative in groups! And you get to share the
cosplaying experience with friends too ^_^
Q: What cosplays are you planning?
Now that the last cosplay event has passed for the year,
Iíve got so many plans for 2009! First and foremost Iím breaking
out the cross-play again, as Zack from Final Fantasy VII:Crisis Core.
Iím also planning on putting together my second Steampunk original
character, rough and ready Skypirate, navigator and second in command of
the HMS Valkyrie, Tabitha Rose Skylar (although if you call her anything
but ĎSkyeí youíll soon know about it!). My biggest and most challenging
cosplay so far however will be Nu Wa from Warriors Orochi 2.
Itís already keeping me awake at night with me wondering just how on
earth Iím going to manage certain parts ^_^í I suppose itís times
like that that my colouful hobby becomes a little bit more of an
Q: Do you have a dream cosplay?
At the moment Nu Wa is still a dream cosplay for me,
until she is completed. One day I think I would also love to give
Felicia from Darkstalkers a go ^_^í I donít think the
creating of the costume will be so much of a challenge as actually
having the confidence and the body to pull it off! Morrigan was
one thing, I could wear tights and a corset, but Felicia is another
Q: Do you have one piece of advice that
you would give to cosplay virgins?
Just have fun!
It doesnít matter if youíre not
the greatest sewer, it doesnít
matter if your costume is bought
or made, it doesnít matter if
your costume isnít perfect,
because thatís not what
cosplaying is all about.
Itís about getting to spend the
day being the character that you
love, itís about meeting new
friends and learning new things.
Itís about enjoying yourself!
Everyone should give it go!
Q: Do you have an account with the website
Cosplay island/other social networking sites?
You can find me on
also. My username, as always, is Efia. Hope to see you around ^_^
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