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Sunday, May 18, 2008

CosPlay vs Historical Reenactment


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Well, this started out as me just planning a simple "CosPlay" costume. I originally planned just to do a quick, "once-over-look-like-the-guy" costume, like I normally would do for any other character. You know, the average type of CosPlay costume.

Than I started planning. And planning. And studying. First thing I realized, is that I picked probably the worst nightmare of a costume I could have picked to make. This costume, consists of a kosode, a furisode, a hakama, an 8 foot long "tail-thing", a suit of armor that's absolute hell to recreate, and all kinds of little weird details and things, that most other characters would not have had. So I started writing up a list of all the things I needed, (which was the start of this lens, BTW), and the next thing I know, not only am I planning this costume, but now I'm surrounded by huge library books on the history of Japanese clothen in the 1500's.

Next thing I know, my goal is no longer to make a Lord Sesshomaru costume for CosPlay.... no, now I'm going to recreate his entire wardrobe, 0_O including all 4 of the different costumes we see him wearing... no wait... did I see a fifth costume? He was wearing head to toe green in an official VIZ corp calendar I saw the other day: green kimono, green hakama... must look into this new costume. Thing is, I'm not just creating the wardrobe we see on the anime and mangas anymore, now I'm recreating what he WOULD have worn, had he been a REAL lord in ancient Japan.

The end result of this is a costume that is going to cost me a fortune and take about 3 or 4 years to make, because I'm doing the whole thing by hand, including the embroidery of the 4 kimonos.



My Lord Sesshomaru costume has gone from a CosPlay costume, to a historical reenactment costume fit for the SCA! LOL!

When I get done, it'll still be easily recognized as Lord Sesshomaru, but it'll be changed from the norm, being less fantasy and more real and will more closely resemble a real nobleman's outfit than a CosPlay one.

Oh yeah... and when I get done with his wardrobe, I'm planning to do Rin's, InuTasisho's, and SesshyMom's too. Hey, I'm doing this much already, I might as well do the whole family right?





Sesshomaru's Mother





InuTasisho (Sesshomaru's father)




Rin



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