Giada from Italy, It’s time for your COSPLAY SPOTLIGHT!!!!!
Why do you cosplay?
I have a great passion for anime/manga and videogames, but I start cosplaying in 2008 thanks to a group of friends, that already knew cosplay. So, they introduced me to the magic world of cosplay. Then I like acting! So, to play a character has always fascinated me.
What was your first cosplay?
My first cosplay was Nico Robin from One Piece (Alabasta version)..
Do you make your own cosplay costumes, if so, which ones, and how long does an average costume take to make?
I make cosplay costumes on my own. Costumes are different from one character to another, so there is not a specific average to make a costume. It depends on the sartorial complexity, the materials to use and for details and the presence of any accessories (wings, armor pieces, weapons and so on) . There are simple costumes, which you can make in few days or a week, or really difficult ones, which can take months.
I think the most difficult cosplay character I did, is Lilith from Trinity Blood. I worked on it for a month and a half or maybe two months. More easier are my costumes of Lust from Full Metal Alchemist or Orochimaru from Naruto, I spent less than a week to make them.
What is your favorite character to play?
I’m very attached to Nico Robin from One Piece..she’s my first cosplay and my favourite character ever! I think we have so many things in common and I recognize myself in her. That’s why, I made different costumes of her and I decided to use “Giada Robin” as my art name.
I love all the characters I perform, but obviously there are characters I like more than others.
Nico Robin from One Piece, Emma from Le Chevalier D’Eon, Ada Wong from Resident Evil 4 and Selene from Underworld, gave me a lot of satisfactions (important awards, appearances on magazines, special shooting requests). Actually, I think they are the most appreciated cosplays by me and the public.
Other successful coslay characters I’ve done are Lust from FullMetal Alchemist, Orochimaru from Naruto, Mirajane (Satan Soul version) from Fairy Tail and Griffith from Berserk.
Speaking about the complexity in the realization of costumes and accessories, I prefer Lilith from Trinity Blood and Zhen Ji from Dynasty Warriors 6.
Anyway, Nico Robin rules!
Amongst animation, comics, movies, or video games, what is your biggest inspiration for cosplay?
Most of my cosplay characters are from anime & manga, but I’m recently attracted to videogames and movie characters.
Have you ever made any mistakes that you’d warn a first timer about?
Doing cosplay I also understood, how there is always something to review and learn, to do things as the best you can. So, can happen that when you see your cosplay work for the first time, you say: “Wow looks fabulous!” After you have earned more skills and experience, you could says: ”Mmm..I can do it better!”
I think this a positive thing, because you can improve yourself day by day.
Are there certain characters that are easier to play than others?
There are a lot of cosplay characters with different characteristics about their physical appearance, but also about their costumes. So, it’s normal that there are cosplay characters easier to play than others. For example, I prefer to perform characters, which are similar to me temperamentally or physically, because in my opinion, likeness is really important in cosplay and if you look like the character it’s easer for sure!