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Does anyone else here cosplay? It strikes me that it’s an obvious way to dress en femme in an environment where pretty much anything is acceptable.
To be fair I started cosplay after I started dressing publicly. My wife and I did it partially to annoy my late teenage daughter (who was already attending cosplay events) and partially because I’d kind of made a bet online that I’d go to an event as Daenerys Targaryen.
I won my wager. I wasn’t the best Mother of Dragons the cosplay world has ever seen, but I *did* have a dragon:
That was 2014. The next year my wife and I joined forces and went for two of the clones from the series ‘Orphan Black’ – she went as Ukrainian psychopath Helena, whilst I went as Rachel Duncan. We found more clones:
Part of the fun of cosplay is people recognising you. In 2015 we both managed costumes that no-one identified at either of the events we took them too. We enjoyed ourselves though. Mrs Rachel went as Doctor Venus from ‘Fireball XL5’, whilst I went as a very obscure 1940s comic-book crimefighter, Madame Fatal, chosen entirely because she appears to be the first genuine crossdressing character in comics:
In 2017 we joined forces again, and went as Marvel’s Jessica Jones and her nemesis Kilgrave, which essentially meant we were both crossdressing, as I went as Jessica and she portrayed Kilgrave. The Jessica costume used a surprising amount of my male wardrobe.
In 2018 we went for a steampunk Star trek look, as crew of the steamship ‘Enterprise’. My wife adopted the guise of Vulcan Sub-commander Spanik:
I went as perky redshirt Ensign Isadora Persano:
(Isadora Persano has since become my burlesque stage-name. It comes from a Sherlock Holmes story. Look it up.)
And on to this year. We went to ‘The Good Place’ and both went as the omniscient AI personal assistant Janet:
Fun Fact: My daughter made the waistcoats and skirts. The blouses are actually men’s shirts.
So that’s where we are so far. On our first outing as the Janets we actually volunteered at the event, and ended up taking registrations for the cosplay competition. We enjoyed it so much we’re already down to do it next year, so we’ll need suitable costumes. We haven’t decided what yet.
And for anyone who thinks that cosplay is for the young, we’re both well over 50. Don’t let the kids have all the fun!
So – show us your cosplay!
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