Cosplay (m., Skl., Jap. コ ス プ レ kosupure, abbr. From the English. Costume play - “costume play”) - dressing up in costumes of famous characters and making such costumes. Popular hobby, akin to a masquerade.
Due to the popularity of cosplay in Japan, it is often mistakenly assumed that cosplay is exclusively a Japanese or Asian hobby. The term cosplay is of Japanese origin, but the costume game originates in the United States, where it was historically known as costuming, rather than sexy-cosplaying. The main prototypes of the costume game are the characters of cartoons, anime, video games, films, comics, books, legends and myths . Prototypes can be real-life personas - for example, musical stars.
Cosplay participants recreate in detail the images taken as a basis, focusing on the qualitative development of the costume, makeup and additional attributes that are characteristic of the selected character. The costume is shown in the defile with the maximum wagering of the image. Costumes are usually sewn independently, but they can also be ordered in a studio or bought ready-made (in Japan, for example, the business of making costumes and cosplay accessories is set on a very wide stream). Cosplayers usually show their costumes either at thematic festivals, or in a series of photographs (photo-clay) or on video (video-clay).
Elegant selection of girls playing cosplay
Variations and variations
Identification with a hero is one of the phenomena of cosplay, but not necessarily a condition. Cosplayer can identify with one character and act only in his image or act in other images in spite of this. Also, the cosplayer can change the characters with whom it is identified. Increasingly, modern cosplayers do not identify themselves with the characters in whose characters appear.
Cosplay your own vision of the character. This may be a change of gender of the character, his medieval or steampunk version, the crossover of several works. Original gives more room for creativity. Its meaning is not to convey the author’s character as accurately as possible and in more detail, but to create the most interesting and unusual reading.
Adaptation of costumes and stories of characters under the real world. Initially, this term denoted the film adaptation of anime series. Later it began to denote not only professional but also amateur work in this direction.
This direction can be found at many festivals, but its belonging to cosplay is controversial. Street fashion is not the creation of a specific character image, but an imitation of some Asian fashion style, the cosplay of some random Japanese-adherent of a certain subculture. The most famous street fashion trends are Lolita and J-rock.
A phenomenon that has become popular with the proliferation of the Internet. The purpose of the photo-splay is to convey the image of the character as accurately as possible in the photograph (posture, facial expression, background).
Not so much a developed phenomenon, when the participant records a small video - a kind of film, revealing his character.
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