The Whyalla Cosplay group started its journey as an online Facebook community on the 16th of April 2015. As the group’s membership expanded, so did its local presence. The group went from having an online only presence, to having a physical one a year later in April 2016, when the group had its first crafting session at D’faces!
What is Cosplay? Cosplay is short for costume play. It is a performance art where a person dresses up and masquerades as a character. The characters most commonly cosplayed are fictional characters from Cartoons, Anime, T.V Series, Movies, Video Games, Manga and Comics. Costuming as non-fictional characters (such as historical figures) is also considered cosplaying. Other cosplays focus their costumes around a particular look, rather than on a character. Some of these styles include, but not limited to, Fur-suiting, Steampunk fashion, Lolita fashion and Medieval Reenactment costumes.
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The Whyalla Cosplay group doesn’t just wear costumes, they make them too! A big aspect of cosplay is the creative process that goes into creating costumes and props. One reason cosplayers make their own costumes comes down to lack of options available to purchase specific characters outfits. Limited purchase options have left many in the community to be resourceful by making their own. Another reason many people choose to make their own costumes is because it’s more affordable. Costumes can also be made to be better fitting when you make them yourself. Buying costumes online is always a gamble, especially with snug fitting costumes and accessories.
Why do people cosplay? The ultimate answer is because it’s fun! Getting dressed up as a favourite character or into a fashionable outfit is an enjoyable experience where people can express themselves and their admiration as a fan. The cosplay community is extremely supportive and encourages people to step outside of their comfort zones. The community supports one’s ability to express themselves in a way that brings them the most enjoyment. Because of this incredibly supportive community, many people find cosplay to be a great escape from the social norms of society. Cosplaying can boost one’s confidence by making someone feel comfortable wearing something they would not normally be comfortable wearing. It can help people who have social anxiety by letting them go to large gatherings in a ‘mask’ that hides their identity, relieving some of the pressure. Cosplaying can make one feel more comfortable with their body image because of how encouraging the cosplay community is with people being happy wearing what brings them happiness. Cosplayers have fun in costume because they are made to feel comfortable in whatever they choose to wear to express themselves; this is what makes cosplay such an amazing experience.
The best cosplay experiences are those received at pop culture conventions, where thousands of like-minded people gather. The largest pop culture conventions in South Australia include Oz Comic-Con, AVCon and Supanova. Conventions are magnets for cosplayers, and there is no better place to dress up and fit in! People going to conventions can buy costumes and accessories, there are panels for costume making by famous cosplayers and all conventions hold some sort of cosplay competition. Competitions give those who craft their costumes a chance to challenge themselves and compete. Oz Comic-Con sends winners from each state to battle it out for the prize of best cosplayer of Australia, sending the champion overseas to compete on a global scale!
We would like to hold cosplay events in Whyalla to bring some of the excitement from the city into the country. The Whyalla Cosplay group attends local events such as Tanderra, the Whyalla Show, the Whyalla Zombie Walk and the Whyalla Christmas Pageant. The Whyalla Cosplay group would like to hold their own costumed-themed events once the group is more developed.
The Whyalla Cosplay group would like to share the amazing experience one can have with cosplay. Whether its getting started making that first costume, or getting knowledge for entering a cosplay competition, the Whyalla Cosplay group is here to help!
Whyalla has some incredible costume and prop makers – we aim to get them all into the one group! We hope to collaborate the costume and prop makers of Whyalla so we can make a grand resource of local knowledge and crafting experience. The group holds crafting and tutorial sessions at the D’faces building, where members can come and learn how to make costumes and props. Members are also welcomed to bring any of their projects to work on, cosplay related or not. We have a wide range of skills in the group including tailoring, armour making, fur-suiting, moulding & casting, foam-smithing and prop making! Anyone from the public is welcomed to join the Whyalla Cosplay group to learn, or to add their knowledge to our talent pool!
If you are interested in bringing a fictional character to life, interested in helping others learn crafting techniques or if you just want to keep updated with the costume and prop makers of Whyalla, come join us on our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/groups/WhyallaCosplay/