Cosplay 101: How to Create a Memorable Costume

Whether it’s comic con, Halloween, a masquerade or a regular Tuesday, there’s something almost magical about the power of a really good costume.

After all the ideas, the planning and the preparation, finally getting to don a guise and be someone else can be thrilling.

Cosplay—a portmanteau of the words “costume” and “play”—takes the fun of costumes one step further, giving fans a chance to not only look like their chosen character, but act like them as well. Especially popular with fans of anime, manga and video games, cosplay has extended into every realm of fiction imaginable.

Want to create your own cosplay or get started on a killer costume—no matter the occasion? Check out these resources available from the Edmonton Public Library.

 

Costume Inspiration at EPL

1. Epic Cosplay Costumes: A Step-by-Step Guide to Making and Sewing Your Own Costume Designs by Kristie Good

Learn how to mix and match pieces—from hand-sewn items to DIY foam armour—into original costumes.

2. The Costume Making Guide: Creating Armor & Props for Cosplay by Svetlana Quindt

Find out how to easily create elaborate costumes and eye-catching props out of things you can find at the local arts and crafts or hardware store—no sewing necessary.

3. Make: Props and Costume Armor—Create Realistic Science Fiction and Fantasy Weapons, Armor, and Accessories by Shawn Thorsson

Whether you’re trying to craft your own suit of armour or DIY a screen-accurate replica of your fave fantasy weapon, this is the book for you.

4. Extreme Costume Makeup: 25 Creepy & Cool Step-by-Step Demos by Brian and Nick Wolfe

Get all the skills you need to create believable creepy costume makeup—from insects and werewolves to cyborgs—from world-renowned special effects artists. Extreme Costume Makeup is also available as an eBook.

5. 1,000 Incredible Costume and Cosplay Ideas: A Showcase of Creative Characters from Anime, Manga, Video Games, Movies, Comics, and More by Yaya Han, Allison DeBlasio and Joey Marsocci

If you’re in need of some inspiration, look no further than this book. Featuring examples of creative and clever costumes from convention goers and professionals alike, there are plenty of photos to spark your imagination.

6. The Hero’s Closet: Sewing for Cosplay and Costuming by Gillian Conahan

This book can take a sewing novice to a cosplay pro, with step-by-step instructions covering costume sewing basics, 11 original patterns and tips on how to mix and match them to create any style.

From Star Wars to steampunk, Star Trek to magical knits, Harry Potter to woodland yarn creations—and beyond—there’s costume inspiration galore to be found at the Edmonton Public Library.

Find Your Costume Inspiration

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