Cosplay Spotlight: Cure for Capezio

Feeling sick? Well Cure for Capezio is here to heal in this week’s COSPLAY SPOTLIGHT!!!!!

Why do you cosplay?

Wow haha this question digs pretty deep. I cosplay for many of reasons, initially it’s to challenge myself. I love the challenges cosplaying offers, it has made me more innovative and resourceful person whether it’d be related to cosplaying or just day to day situations. Another reason ties to art. I’m not really good at drawing, painting, etc. All of my doodles look like chicken scratch and having an older sister who’s very artistically gifted.. it’s quite intimidating! As a child I thought had nothing to offer. But when I started sewing it resulted in me designing and making outfits, costumes, not only just cosplays. It pretty much gave me hope and better confidence in myself. I also love being characters I resemble well as, or can relate to. Being a huge fan of an anime and having someone from it to cosplay as perfectly is great.The best thing is when other fans go crazy over the accuracy. It makes me smile to make a fellow fan happy to see a character brought to life. Last but most definitely not the least I hope that my cosplaying will bring me job opportunities, like a costumer, fashion designer, anything along those lines. What I think about the most is my future, and what could possibly be the best thing I could have is a job that I’d love to do – I mean, who wouldn’t? If my job required me to be creative, I’d be satisfied with myself.

What was your first cosplay?

My first cosplay was Crisis Core Tifa from Final Fantasy. I had it done in the dedication of Monty Oum’s Dead Fantasy – Gee video. Myself along with many others got together and performed the dance during Megacon 2011’s cosplay contest as filler time for the judges. It was my first cosplay I ever made, and I remember how scared I was to start. I was oh-so picky with what kind of materials I’d use from the whole outfit itself to the little things like her tassels. In the end I was very satisfied with my cosplay which took about three or so months to make.

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

Absolutely! The vast majority of my cosplays are made, only one is made by someone else (Ballgown Caska from Berserk made by Josephiroth Cosplay), but other things such as Revy from Black Lagoon were partially bought like the shirt and shorts. I do my best to recreate everything from scratch if possible. To take one cosplay out of the list, Judith from Tales of Vesperia was quite a challenge for me. I never felt so overwhelmed making a costume to be honest. There were parts that discouraged me such as her “antenna’s” that jut out of her hair. It made the wig quite heavy and would almost pull the wig off my head. I believe I started that back in December of 2011 and rushed it to February 2012. To really put it in perspective so far my average time in making a costume is roughly three months. I’m sure the more complex ideas I get the longer they’ll take.

What is your favorite character to play?

Up to date Revy has been my favorite, it’s up there with Caska from Berserk. These two girls are just so easy to relate to, and for Black Lagoon and Berserk fans, you may find that a bit scary hahaha!! Revy is just such a hot headed somewhat trigger happy girl. Okay, maybe fully trigger happy. I feel the most comfortable in this cosplay because it’s something I’d actually wear, asides the half nakedness. I fell in LOVE with having her tribal tattoo on me, and I got a lot of compliments on how well I pulled her off which really makes my day. As for Caska I too really relate to this character, but when it comes to what she wears, I don’t see me wearing armor 24/7 – that’d be cool though!

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

Anime, anime, anime. Video games as well but right now it’s anime. Currently I haven’t had much free time to do it all but when I do have it, if I’m not sewing I’m watching anime.

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

Oh if I could, I’d write a book about it, but I may just be exaggerating. I didn’t really think about how expensive cosplaying can be, and not everyone may agree. It depends on what you’re cosplaying as really. Although, when you think about it in this situation of wanting to make an accurate-as-possible cosplay, that requires a lot of money. I have this habit of when I cosplay as simple designed characters, I do my best to find every last detail on them. From color to shoes to how their bangs are positioned. Sometimes it can get quite pricey, but hey, it happens. Asides from that, don’t stress yourselves. Right now I’ve only been sewing for about 2 years and I’m not the greatest out there, making mistakes with your machine is very common! Don’t push yourself away from a project you were seriously looking forward to but became too difficult along the way. Step back, breathe, take a break! Everything will be fine, just check what’s up with your machine and if that’s not the problem, tackle the crisis assertively and confidently. Also remember to always have fun!

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

Of course, since for myself I consider accuracy important. Remember I like to cosplay as characters that I can pull off well. There are plenty of characters out there I could do, but wouldn’t look anything like them. Which results in the answer that yeah there are easier characters to for to be.


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