Cosplay Spotlight: Chiquitita

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Chiquitita is our newest COSPLAY SPOTLIGHT!!!!!

Why do you cosplay?

I Cosplay because I love sewing and bringing to life my favourite characters. It’s part of my social life and have made so many good friends from it.

What was your first cosplay?

Technically the first Cosplay I made was Son Goku’s outfit for my Nancy doll when I was about 11 years old! The first Cosplay I made for myself was Asuka Langley Soryu plug suit from Evangelion. I want to make a new one and improve it as the first one was made from Lycra.

Do you make your own cosplay costumes, if so, which ones, and how long does an average costume take to make?

I make all of my costumes. I’ve been working as Costume maker and Designer and sometime have to fit in cosplays around shows so I’m always sewing something.

So far I have made Chii from Chobits,  Asuka plug suit and yellow dress, Bulma Bunny from Dragonball, Aria from The Sacred Blacksmith, Super Sailor Moon and her Christmas outfit which I made for a little music video I did at Winter Wonderland.

I’ve cosplayed as Kuroyukihime from Accel World, Lia de beaumont from Chevalier d’Eon. I’ve also done some video game cosplays such as an Elementalist from  Granado Espada, Celes Chere from Final Fantasy VI and Karin Kanzuki from Street Fighter Alpha 3.

I did She-Ra at Kapow and I’ve done Wonder Woman and Supergirl from DC,
and I also recently did Shamrock from Marvel’s Contest Of Champions for St. Patrick’s Day which was really cool because as far as I know I’m the first person to ever cosplay her!

As for how long Cosplays take for me to make, it all depends on what I’m working on, for example Karin took me 2 days to make as it’s rather simple and Kuroyukihime took me 1 month on and off as it has much more work involved.

What is your favorite character to play?

Bulma and Sailor moon because they are closest to my heart. I grew up watching them as a child and I still do. I’m very excited about the new Sailor Moon series!

Amongst animation, comics, movies, or video games, what is your biggest inspiration for cosplay?

I enjoy all sorts of genres. It’s what characters inspire me, like when watching an anime, playing a game or reading comics. Anime and manga was a big part of my childhood growing up in Spain. When I moved to England to live I remember being sad that there was no anime on TV. My grandmas from Spain would send me video cassettes and mangas from Spain.

Have you ever made any mistakes that you’d warn a first timer about?

I’ve used the wrong fabrics, got proportions wrong, made things too short, too long, too big and too small but it’s something you learn with time and experience. Wearing them at conventions is always the big test.
I would advise first time cosplayers to take in mind comfort when making their Cosplays. Especially if it’s for a convention where you are going to be wearing it all day and posing for photos. I’m guilty of making my corsets too tight and end up having to loosening them up in the middle of the day!

Are there certain characters that are easier to play than others?

I find Emma Frost and Wolverina harder to cosplay than Supergirl and Bulma because they are more serious characters and it’s the total opposite of me.

Not sure if it’s because I love Supergirl and Bulma so much but when I cosplay them it just comes naturally.

All my photos are taken by Dan Mulcahy

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