Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

1/24/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Known as 'cosplay' for short, costuming has become a growth industry

One of the true pleasures of life is momentarily becoming something you are not. To this end, millions of Americans have pursued the art of "costume play," or as it is known in certain circles, "cosplay" - and have created myriad events to justify doing so.

The Edwardian Ball -- that suspends most rules regarding costume play, comes to the Fonda Theater in Hollywood this February 8.

The Edwardian Ball -- that suspends most rules regarding costume play, comes to the Fonda Theater in Hollywood this February 8.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

1/24/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Celebrity

Keywords: Costumes, cosplay, conventions, science-fiction, fashion


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Cosplay originally originated among science fiction fans, in particular "Trekkers," those who followed the TV series "Star Trek." Fans of that series would hold conventions and dress up as characters from the show. It would not be uncommon to see hundreds of Dr. Spocks and Captain Kirks vying for attention at these events.

Any fantasy, horror and science-fiction themed event can always count on fans dressing up as their favorite characters from literature and film. It is here that various designations became known among "cosplayers" - those with the best reproductions, or with the best personal interpretations. Those who slavishly recreate a storm trooper outfit from the film "Star Wars," all gleaming white plastic, would sometimes compete with fellow cosplayers dressed in similar outfits with a Victorian theme. One memorable convention featured the villainous Darth Vader re-imagained as a Victorian lady - complete with bustle, gown and hoop skirt - topped by the familiar Darth Vader helmet!

Remember "Footprints" with this beautiful prayer card --

Those into historical re-enactments, such as those who gather at Renaissance Faires and Civil War re-enactments usually take a very serious approach to their outfits. An outfit at one of these events must go under very strict historical scrutiny. A person re-enacting a Yankee soldier at a Civil War re-enactment will be called out by his peers if his outfit includes metals that weren't introduced by the mid 19th century. Aluminum snaps on a coat would be reason for some polite ostracism at these events. Likewise, at Renaissance Faires, serious cosplayers must make sure that their costumes face high Elizabethan standards. No man-made fabrics such as nylon, polyester or Dacron. Hardcore enthusiasts at such events sometimes insist that all the stitching on their clothing be done by hand.

In reaction, some cosplayers have gone in the opposite direction and have proudly gone the totally amateurish, home-made route. Disregarding such strict rules that get in the way of the fun these events create, many create inexpensive outfits that show enthusiasm, if not professionalism. Superhero costumes, such as Batman and Superman done in scissor-cut felt and glued together have found popularity among some fans.

The one cosplay event that disregards all rules - the word here is be "sort of Edwardian, but not really," is the Edwardian Ball, held in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The outfits there are supposed to be inspired by Victorian and Edwardian fashion - vaguely. The amount of time and creativity lavished on the outfits there truly run the gamut. Diverse styles, from Gothic to Steampunk are the order of the day.

Cosplayers and cosplay events have since led to a growth industry of costume shops operating in medium-sized cities all year round, instead of just around Halloween time. Truly, the name of the game among cosplayers, normal people looking out for some fun and adventure, is to get all dressed up - and find someplace to show.

Pope Francis calls for your 'prayer and action'...

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Celebrity

Popular musical artist gets back at body-shaming critics on Twitter Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Billboard-hits singer Alecia Moore, popularly known as Pink, who came up with huge pop hits "Get This Party Started" and "Just Give Me a Reason," posted recently in her Twitter account that she feels beautiful in her voluptuous body, which she refers to as ... continue reading


Robert Downey Jr. STUNS awards show: 'Dream big, work hard, keep your nose clean, be of service' Watch

Image of Robert Downey drew upon his experience to give some advice to young people watching the show.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Former bad boy and partier Robert Downey Jr. stunned the audience at the MTV Movie Awards Night telecast. His speech was humbling and surprisingly sober in a night known for silly excess. "I partied way too much. I've squandered, resisted, repented," Downey ... continue reading


Celebrity takes charity challenge to live off only $29 of food for a week Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Actress-turned-lifestyle guru, Gwyneth Paltrow promised to only spend $29 for food for a week in participation with the New York City Food Bank Challenge. She kept her vow, as a photo of her weeks grocery was released via Twitter. However, some critics pointed out that ... continue reading


Clint Eastwood co-star Geoffrey Lewis dies at 79 Watch

Image of Geoffrey Lewis scored a Golden Globe nomination for playing bartender Earl Tucker on the 1980s CBS sitcom

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Prolific character actor Geoffrey Lewis is perhaps best known playing with Clint Eastwood as his pal Orville Boggs in "Every Which Way But Loose" and its sequel. Lewis was also the father of Oscar-nominated actor Juliette Lewis. He has passed away at the age of ... continue reading


Actor Richard Dysart of TV's 'L.A. Law' dies at 86 Watch

Image of Richard Dysart commented on his lengthy success with the

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Anyone who watched films and TV could not escape the avuncular glow of actor Richard Dysart. While he played scores of roles on both the big and small screen, Dysart was best known as the cranky senior partner Leland McKenzie on the NBC drama "L.A. Law." Dysart ... continue reading


Actor James Best, of TV's 'Dukes of Hazzard' dies at 88 Watch

Image of Born Jewel Guy on July 26, 1926, in Powderly, Kentucky, Best was orphaned at three years of age. Adopted by Armen and Essa Best, he served in the Army during World War II before launching his acting career.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

James Best, best known for his portrayal of bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on TV's "The Dukes of Hazzard," has died following a brief illness at the age of 88. He died after a bout of pneumonia while in hospice in Hickory, North Carolina. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Celebrity's candid confession on jealousy and her relationship with God goes viral on YouTube Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Duck Dynasty's Sadie Robertson's YouTube video went viral after she discussed her personal struggles and relationship with God. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - The star of the reality series "Duck Dynasty" and runner-up of the "Dancing with the Stars ... continue reading


World pays tribute to Cynthia Lennon, Beatle John Lennon's first wife Watch

Image of While they would eventually reconcile later in life, it is popularly believed that performance artist Yoko Ono, left, was the straw that broke the camel's back that ended the marriage between Cynthia Lennon, right, and the Beatles' John.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Cynthia Lennon, Beatles' John Lennon's first wife has passed away at the age of 75 from a brief battle with cancer. While the world sends its condolences, many remember the lovely blonde as one who suffered numerous indignities as the wife of one of the world's ... continue reading


Gregory Walcott, male lead in world's worst film 'Plan 9 from Outer space' dies Watch

Image of Looking befuddled in a spaceship full of ladders and ancient radio equipment, lead actor Gregory Walcott foreshadows the world's reaction to

By Greg Goodsell

Actor Gregory Walcott had a long and successful motion picture career. He was inexorably linked in what is popularly considered the worst film ever made, "Plan 9 from Outer Space," directed Edward D. Wood Jr.'s confused opus about space aliens attempts to bring ... continue reading


Comedian Howie Mandel comes home - to find mansion underneath 4,000 rolls of toilet paper! Watch

Image of Roman Atwood of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

That's A LOT of toilet paper... manic comedian Howie Mandel, who suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, was away in New York City, leaving his California mansion - vulnerable. Roman Atwood of "Deal or No Deal," pulled off an elaborate prank. With the ... continue reading


All Celebrity News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 4:8-12
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, addressed ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 21, 29
1 Alleluia! Give thanks to Yahweh for he is good, for ... Read More

Gospel, John 10:11-18
11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd lays ... Read More

Reading 2, First John 3:1-2
1 You must see what great love the Father has ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for April 26th, 2015 Image

St. Cletus
April 26: St. Cletus was the third bishop of Rome, and succeeded St. ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter