It’s time for another interview, this time with Alberti! She’s an amazing cosplayer from Russia, who is very talented!
What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
My personal alias doesn’t concern cosplay. As for my group’s alias, then we took it because our first cosplay was one of characters from New Hunam Empire (Trinity Blood), and then from Zaibach Empire (The Vision of Escaflowne). And it just sounds cool.
How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I’ve cosplayed since 2006. I just wanted to make Seth Nightlord’s costume from Trinity Blood because it caught my imagination with its beauty and complexity.
What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
My most favorite parts, I think, are searching for materials for the costumes, working on patterns, and thinking out the ways of making the costumes. It’s a really interesting and exciting process.
What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
Making other costumes of the characters I’ve already cosplayed. I really like the characters, and they have several costume versions, so why not to make them all?
What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
Precision and accuracy in the making of a costume and make-up. Anyone can do that, all that’s needed is to have one’s head and hands screwed on right. Cosplay shouldn’t be OOC, or “I don’t like OOC cosplay”?
What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
There is no cosplay scene per se in my country, though there are quite a few awesome cosplayers. There ought to be specific industry and sponsorship of cosplay events, and there isn’t enough. Almost all Russian conventions run on the providers’ enthusiasm. As for cosplay as a fandom, it’s mostly young girls’ hobby, and girls can be prone to drama and squabbles.
What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
Less drama, please.
What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
Be thorough in their work on costumes, pay attention to other cosplayers’ experience, and be modest.
What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
My most favorite convention is Animatrix. It’s one of the oldest Russian conventions, and it’s still number one. It’s held every year in Moscow on the last weekend of January, and I try not to miss it.
Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
During the Sengoku Basara photoshoot, the costume and especially the armor weren’t harmed at all by cold water.
Thanks for the interview, Alberti! You can see more of her work on her Deviantart!