It’s time for another interview, this time with Lady Ikari Cosplay! She’s a cosplayer from the East Coast, who loves playing with a variety of fabrics and detail work!
What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
I go by Lady Ikari Cosplay. I picked Ikari because at the time I was really into Neon Genesis Evangelion where the main character is Shinji Ikari. I then used the name Ikari since I had not heard anyone else with that but I did want people to know that I was a girl so I added the Lady to the front.
How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I have been really creating cosplays for ten years (man that seems so long ago now). I actually got started because of my cousin who took me to my very first anime convention. I still clearly remember sitting in the backseat of my aunt’s car and my and my cousin sewing the sleeves of my Sango from Inyuasha cosplay in the backseat.
What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
I love fabrics! I highly enjoy taking yards of fabric and creating my favorite characters with it. I also love the different types of fabrics that are out there and choosing the best one that I think will work for the cosplay that I am creating.
What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
There is a new project called a CosTail that I was selected to try out one of their first prototypes and now the finished tails will be shipping in March! I can’t wait to try out the new version of the moving tail and use it with my Final Fantasy Y’shtola cosplay!
What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
I personally love being true to a design. I try to be as accurate as I possibly can with my cosplays and I enjoy others who have done so as well. I also love cosplays with details that you can’t always see from far off.
What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
I really don’t think I’m hip enough to be to really have any thoughts on it. I have made my friends in the cosplay world and I keep them close. Lately there has been a lot of drama in the cosplay scene, least so I have been reading. However, I’m not involved in it because how myself and my cosplay friends are. You can make a lot of acquaintances through cosplay and some of them may even turn into long term friends but its all in how you want those relationships to go.
What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
I think it would be nice if people stopped caring about what others are cosplaying so much. If you don’t like it, don’t look at it and keep your comments to yourself. Cosplayers have enough issues with the normies that make fun of us without other cosplayers doing so as well. There has been far too much drama in the cosplay world with cosplayers judging each other and I want us to go back to encouraging each other.
What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
BUYING A COSPLAY IS NOT A BAD THING. I promise you that if you buy a cosplay you are still cosplaying. You can also take things slow and use thrift store clothing to alter/use for cosplays. Take things slow and practice; you will get better with time. There are so many tutorials online that you can use for resources. Keep it up and welcome to the world of cosplay fun!
What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
Katsucon is probably my favorite convention as I see so many beautiful and detailed cosplays there. It is also at a lovely location with being near a harbor (all the water shots!) and the hotel that hosts the con is very elegant. I highly look forward to going every year. Next is Fan Expo Canada as it a fun comic and anime con that I just started going to. The convention is in two buildings and it’s not super over crowded like New York Comic Con has become. Animenext was my home con and that was fun because of the friends that I had at the convention.
Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
My Salem from RWBY cosplay wig has a light pillow base that I created myself. Its the biggest (heaviest) and most complex wig I have ever made even though it looks rather simple.
Thanks for the interview, Lady Ikari Cosplay! You can check out her Facebook page here!