Customer Spotlight: QuantumDestiny

Wig style and color used in photo:Inigo & Curly Clip in Raven 052
Photo by Glay

This week we interviewed wig-savvy customer, QuantumDestiny! See more of her work here

Q:  When did you start cosplaying, and what got you started?
A:  When I went to my first convention, I noticed that in the churning sea of normal attendees a select few had donned recognizable home made costumes of anime and game characters. There were Star Trek costumes too, but those looked to be purchased. I ended up talking with home-made costumers and learned it was called 'Cosplay'. They encouraged me to try it, and I made my first cosplay in 2001! I've been cosplaying ever since!!

Q:  What is your favorite part of the costume-making process?
A:  
I really like the act of buying everything. Sourcing out new materials and having them arrive in the mail is always pleasing, especially if the fabric or shoes are exactly want I wanted. When it comes to actual construction, my favourite part is when something goes right the FIRST time. I'm constantly re-making things though, so buying wigs and things is the most thrilling part X'D.


Q:  Which costume are you most proud of?
A:  Probably Lina Inverse (Slayers OVA) or Ryuko Matoi (Kill La Kill). With Lina I did so much armor, prop work, and resin casting that I had not attempted before and I was so happy with how it turned out! With Ryuko Matoi I'm proud I managed to make Senketsu (the outfit) come to life by using different techniques (follow-me-eyes) and materials (latex sheeting). 

Q:  Do you have a favorite Arda Wig style and/or color?
A:  I LOVE the lace front wigs and Luthien. My favourite colours are the Raven and Dark Purple.

Q:  What advice do you have for new cosplayers getting into the hobby?
A:   Lighting, photography, and photoshop are things that help cosplays look 10000% more impressive than they actually might be in reality. DON'T GET DISCOURAGED by what you see on the internet, make something because you WANT TO and don't let others hold you back. 

 

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Written by Malinda Mathis — February 18, 2015

Studio Cosplay: A Non-Profit Cosplay Makerspace is on Kickstarter!

 

40% funded and still 23 days to go!!!

 

Studio Cosplay is a not-for-profit group of DC-centered people looking to create a full-fledged Makerspace, complete with work space, equiptment, classes and hands-on activities for cosplayers. It looks super cool, so if you're in the DC-metro area, have a gander!

You can back them on Kickstarter here

www.studiocosplay.org

Written by Derrick Tarrance — February 20, 2015

Customer Spotlight: Envel

Wig style and color used in photo: Chibi, Long Ponytail Clip, and 2 Hairbuns in Light Blonde 013
(Chibi was re-sized smaller, and clip was divided for the two tails)
Photographer credit: Darkain Multimedia

This week we interviewed long-time customer, Envel! See more of her work here!

Q:  When did you start cosplaying, and what got you started?
A:  I went to my first convention in 2001. I saw all the people dressed up in costume and thought that it looked like a TON of fun, so I made my first cosplay in 2002 so that I could have fun dressed up in silly clothes too!

Q:  What is your favorite part of the costume-making process?
A:  I enjoy the entire costume-making process. From the initial exposure to a design (whether it be by watching an anime/playing a game, someone showing me the artwork, or me stumbling upon it in an artbook or online), to breaking the costume down into pieces to breaking those pieces down into materials, to the shopping/collection of materials, to the construction, and to the finished piece and wearing it... I adore cosplay and every minute of it... Though if I absolutely had to pick my favorite part of the process, it is that one moment when you finally put on every single piece of your finished project and see it in completion for the first time. There’s nothing like it!

Q:  Which costume are you most proud of?
A:  To this day, I think the costume I am most proud of is my Metamorphosis/Shamanized Nina from Breath of Fire II(2). I went into that insane, elaborate project having no idea what I was doing with little/no help and wanting only to complete a crazy, ambitious project all on my own to test what I was capable of. Considering the little knowledge and skills I had at the time, I am still surprised at how well that costume turned out, and though I could make her much cooler now, I am still very proud of her.

Q:  Do you have a favorite Arda Wig style and/or color?
A:  Hands down, I ADORE Arda’s Luthien. I use it at any opportunity and chance I get. The Luthien is SUCH a gorgeous wig, so full of body, and is such a versatile length with amazing thickness. If I could use a Luthien for everything, I would. As for colors... That’s a hard one! There are so many amazing blends that Arda has, but I am very fond of the Rose Pink (033) and Light Blonde (013).


Q:  What advice do you have for new cosplayers getting into the hobby?
A:   If there is anything I can offer to newcomers, it is this: Do what you want, and do it for yourself. Don’t let people push you into groups or costumes that you won’t enjoy. Cosplay is for fun, and whatever your idea of fun concerning cosplay is, always pursue that! Whether you make or buy your costumes, or do a little of both, do it for yourself, have fun, and spread the cheer!

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Written by Malinda Mathis — February 18, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENT

All staff will be out of the office on Friday, February 13th. This means that orders will NOT BE SHIPPED ON THIS DAY. We will resume all shipping on Monday, February 16th. Thank you!

Written by Arda Remie — February 09, 2015

Customer Spotlight: MeltingMirror

Wig style and color used in photo: Cady in Silver with extensions
Photographer credit: Eurobeat Kasumi

This week we interviewed long-time customer, MeltingMirror! See more of her work on her website, Facebook, and Twitter

Q:  When did you start cosplaying, and what got you started?
A:  I started cosplaying in 2004 when my friends found out about a first time anime convention in my city. They peer pressured me into dressing up. Later on one of those friends lit a cosplay fire under my feet by saying I was not trying hard enough. Afterwards, I kept taking on bigger challenges and started honing my skills. I haven't looked back since.

Q:  What is your favorite part of the costume-making process?
A:  I personally like prop work because I like sculpting, craving, and painting. I find props more forgiving than fabric. Props also make posing for photos a little easier.

Q:  Which costume are you most proud of?
A:  Tia Dalma / Calypso from Pirates of the Caribbean: It was my first live action costume and I am very proud of it. It was a challenge to get it right especially since I was recreating something a professional costume designer and crew put together. I spent a lot of time dyeing and weathering the costume trying to get it to match the film. It was time consuming but worth it.

Q:  Do you have a favorite Arda Wig style and/or color?
A:  I really love the lace fronts wigs. Matildas are great.
My favourite Arda wig colour is Silver.


Q:  What advice do you have for new cosplayers getting into the hobby?
A:   When you hit a snag while crafting, check out what other cosplayers have done with the same or similar costumes. Research what they have written up about the construction and then ask them how they overcame their challenges. If that fails, then go check out a few forums like the RPF, Reddit, or cosplay sites, where there is always someone willing to help.

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Written by Malinda Mathis — February 05, 2015

Customer Spotlight: J. Hart Design

Misstitched Alice from Alice: Madness Returns
Wig style and color: Buttercup in Natural Black 080
Photo by Sorairo-days Photography

This week we interviewed dedicated customer, J. Hart Design! Be sure to check his Facebook page here!

Q:  When did you start cosplaying, and what got you started?
A:  Prior to attending my first convention in 2005, I became interested in period costume design due to my love for Renaissance festivals and period movies. I would regularly attend these festivals with my friends and family, and I absolutely loved dressing up to these events. Fortunately, the costumes for these festivals were very expensive and limiting, and I knew I could make my costumes with better fabrics and construction. Once I came to this realization, I taught myself how to sew by hand though books, articles, and trial-and-error. When I asked to join in a Final Fantasy: Advent Children group as Cloud for Otakon 2005, I immediately began working on my costume! I feel in love with the convention scene, and I have been cosplaying ever since.

Q:  What is your favorite part of the costume-making process?
A:  Personally, I love the sourcing stage. After the costume has been thoroughly researched and broken down into manageable pieces, I begin source materials, trims, and accessories in the Garment District. Fabric creates the story of the character and the world in which the character lives. The fabrication determines the character’s social status, class, demeanor, and stature. Similarly, this is also the area where creative intuitions and aesthetics can be explored and flourished.     

Q:  Which costume are you most proud of?
A:  I am most proud of my recent costume, the LeNoir armor set for the female Elementalist in Granado Espada. This behemoth costume has been on my wish list ever since I stumbled upon this gorgeous MMORPG several years ago; I knew instantly that I must make this armor. The use of texture, color, and silhouette resonated deeply with me and I am very pleased with the final results.

Q:  Do you have a favorite Arda Wig style and/or color?
A:  I wear Arda Wigs, almost exclusively, in recent year for all of my costumes. The variety of colors and workable styles make my job much easier. My most purchased style is Claudia, the wig has a lot of bounce and fullness, and is a perfect choice for any character that needs tight, ringlet curls (out of the bag) or soft waves (from light brushing). To get extra oomph, I will stack two Claudia wigs together to create extra volume and bounce. And, because I have a huge affinity for white hair, my favorite color is Titanium Blonde. It is the perfect combination of milky white and bleached blonde.

Q:  What advice do you have for new cosplayers getting into the hobby?
A:   The best advice I can give to budding cosplayers is to learn patience. Cosplay is difficult, especially when you first begin, because you are forced to learn a lot of new skills. Don’t become discouraged if your first few attempts are less than stellar. With patience, you will gain the experience you need to fulfill all of your cosplay dreams.

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Written by Malinda Mathis — January 30, 2015

Customer Spotlight: Mango Sirene

Wig style and color: Jeannie & Short Bang Clip in Black 064
Photographer credit: Elemental Photography

This week we interviewed a long-time customer, Mango Sirene! Be sure to check out her Youtube channel here!

Q:  When did you start cosplaying, and what got you started?
A:  I first started cosplaying in 2007, I was Hermione for the release of the 7th Harry Potter book. I attended my first convention that year as well when I went to Youmacon for a day or two. It was so much fun, and I’ve been hooked ever since!

Q:  What is your favorite part of the costume-making process?
A:  Anything that involves painting. Something about having a paintbrush in my hand is incredibly relaxing, especially since painting is so methodical. I especially love painting armor!

Q:  Which costume are you most proud of?
A:  Right now that's probably my Batgirl 2014 costume. I made everything for that costume from scratch, and it involved a lot of complex pattern drafting. Sewing isn't really my forte, so to successfully sew a super-detailed motorcycle jacket on my own is something I'm definitely proud of accomplishing!

Q:  Do you have a favorite Arda Wig style and/or color?
A:  I have an armada of Jeannies; I think the total is up to 12 or 13 now. But surprisingly my favorite Arda wig is actually the Rufio! I have one in Apple Red and it's my favorite wig. I wish I could have a faux hawk in "real life"!

Q:  What advice do you have for new cosplayers getting into the hobby?
A:  Don’t be afraid of pushing your comfort level in terms of craftsmanship! Even if a project looks super intimidating, let yourself take a stab at it. I wish I’d gotten involved with serious prop-work earlier because I’m still learning a lot of the skills necessary to create more complex props.

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Written by Malinda Mathis — January 28, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENT

We are expecting our late January restock to arrive this Wednesday (1/28). Thank you for your patience!

WARNING: It's very possible that Winter Storm Juno will cause a delay in packages being delivered to their destinations on time. Please bear with us and your local post offices as we ship out future orders in the coming days. Be safe everyone!

Written by Arda Harl — January 26, 2015

Katsucon 2015 Photoshoot Contest

Are you going to Katsucon? Would you like a private photoshoot with your costume? Now's your chance! Deadline for entries is February 4th at Noon Central US time. Be sure to check our event page here for rules!

Written by Malinda Mathis — January 21, 2015

Shipping Announcement (Jan 2)

Thank you for your patience as we get caught up on orders made over our holiday break! In addition to orders we've also been getting more restock, so processing times have increased to more than 3 business days. We anticipate being back on track by mid-late next week; if you have an upcoming deadline, feel free to email us with your order number and we'll get your order out ASAP. Thanks again!

Written by Malinda Mathis — January 02, 2015

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