Dressing up can be great fun, especially when one is attending a comic convention or another similar fandom experience. It can make the time (and money) spent even more enjoyable, because it declares out loud, to everyone else attending, your love of whatever fandom you’re a part of. It signals how passionate you are about whatever it may be, like your favorite superhero, your favorite villain, or even your favorite Doctor or companion, and can lead to meeting new friends who like the same things!
If you’re going to cosplay, as some call it, you don’t need to go to the greatest lengths to dress the same way a character does if they normally wear every day clothing instead of tights and capes. A good second hand tweed coat, a white button front shirt, a red bowtie and braces, and a pair of black pants with the cuffs rolled a bit instantly has you looking like the Eleventh Doctor. A gray jumper, a black leather coat and some black pants and you’ve got yourself a Ninth Doctor look. A old sleeveless wedding dress and a red wig and you’re a lovely vision like Donna.
If cosplaying is something you’d like to commit to as more than a one time thing, you could make or buy a more detailed look, even going as far as getting the same item in the same brand that was worn by the character, like buying the Tenth Doctor’s brown pinstripe suit from Magnoli Clothiers and brown with blue squares Armani tie.
But even those who have been recreating character outfits for many years can have questions. So who better to ask than you’re fellow cosplayers?
If you happen to be attending the Wizard World Comic Con in Philadelphia this weekend (like I am!) then there is a panel you might just want to attend, with Kasterborous’ own Brian Terranova!
Men Of Cosplay, a panel about cosplaying from the male perspective, will be held on Friday, 20 June at the Philadelphia Convention Center in Room 107 at 1pm. Featuring noted Tenth Doctor cosplayer Brian Terranova among others, the panel hopes to provide a look into the world of costuming from the men’s side of the dressing room. Have questions about how to wear a tricky costume, like superhero tights or a suit of armour? Then join the discussion! (Ladies are also more than welcome to attend the panel. You might learn something too!)
So if you are attending Wizard World Philly, stop by! Brian will also be a member of a few other panels including a Doctor Who fan discussion as well as for the wonderful Torchwood fan film continuation series he is a part of called Legacy.
(This writer will also be floating around in her WW volunteer shirt – and my bowtie and braces…so say hello!)