Name: Lolo’s Wardrobe
Location: Miami, FL
Photographer(s): Short Fuse Pinups, N/A Studio, Max Shot First, and Asilash.
What was your first Cosplay experience?
Well my first experience seeing cosplay was at a small convention held at a local university called Yasumicon in 2005. I didn’t dress up or anything, but I remember seeing a Final Fantasy VIII group, and a Chii cosplayer and just thinking it was the rawest thing ever. I didn’t actually start cosplaying myself until almost five years later, when (funny enough) I cosplayed as Rinoa Heartilly from FFVIII for the first time.
How long have you been Cosplaying?
I’ve been cosplaying for I guess 5-6 years now depending on what you consider the start date. I made my first costume in 2009, but I didn’t actually wear it anywhere until 2010. :>
Who or what inspired you to take up Cosplaying?
Honestly, just the pure geeky fun of it all. I’d known about cosplay, and the convention scene for a really long time before I started, and everyone just looked like they were having the time of their lives. So it was more of a why not, it looks like fun sort of inspiration. Now, I do it for a love of the craft of costume making. I absolutely love taking my 2D designs and bringing them to life either for myself to wear, or for others.
If you had to pick a favorite Cosplay you have worn, or have seen someone else wear, what would it be?
Favorite costume I’ve worn so far, hands down is my second iteration of She-Ra, she was a pain to wear, and was a lot of firsts for me. But I loved every second of it.
If you had unlimited funds and resources, what Cosplay would you create?
Well, with careful planning and an open mind, great costumes don’t really need to break the bank. But, if I could go all out on a costume, or a pair that is, I would love to recreate the ballroom outfits Sarah & Jareth wear in Labyrinth. That would be an absolute joy to work on.
What advice would you offer to those who are aspiring Cosplayers?
Don’t stop working, and don’t settle for making things the easy way. Do your research and figure out how to make things correctly. Your craft will be cleaner, and smarter. And will have a lower chance of breaking once you get out on the con floor.
But most importantly, just have fun. It sounds cheesy, but no matter where you are in your cosplaying timeline, just starting or been in the game for years, if you lose sight of why you got into the hobby in the first place, it will never be quite as satisfying.
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