What IS Cosplay?

What IS Cosplay?

What IS Cosplay?


           According to Google Dictionary, this is the definition of Cosplay: the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga and anime.


           Personally, I think that definition is a bit too specific and restricting for this still-developing craft.  For one, I would include TV Shows. (Hello, Downtown Abbey Fans; I see you).  Another thing I would change is the mention of manga and anime specifically.  It is where cosplay has its roots, but I think the emphasis sounds a bit outdated and restrictive. Finally, I think cosplay is somewhat defined by its need of audience.  Similar to Theater, cosplay is meant to be seen and showed off, typically at gatherings such as conventions or other fandom related activities but also with photos and sometimes online as an online presence; I think this really sets cosplay apart from Halloween costumes, fetish dress, or simple “dress up”.  


           As stated previously, cosplay as a craft is still developing and changing at a quick and exciting pace.  Cosplay is now not even restricted to dressing up as an already existing character.  I've seen plenty of people at conventions dressed as a character of their own design – also called an Original Character (or O.C. for short).


           So, this all leaves us with this new, amended definition of cosplay: the practice of dressing up as a character from, or inspired by, a piece of (mostly popular) media, especially in a public setting such as a convention, media release event, or themed party.


Corsets are excellent statement pieces for your one-of-a-kind cosplay outfit!  They can be used to give you a more dramatic shape and/or bring together an outfit from any genre! Timeless Trends offers a wide variety of fabrics and patterns that we’re SURE we have something for everything and everyone!! (not just Downtown Abbey and other period pieces!)  Comic book characters are a popular choice and pair well with our bold colors and dramatic silhouettes, too.    


As you have all seen via Facebook and Instagram, 2019 Convention dates have been published.  Our first commitment is scheduled for July so that gives you plenty of time to get your piece prepared with one of our corsets as well as time to contact us for inspiration/recommendations!  There are also MANY movies premiering this year that call to our Cosplay hearts.


Whichever character you choose to be, ROCK IT!!  Tag us on social media if you happen to have a fierce outfit paired with one of our corsets…we want the WORLD to see!!

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