The whole costume thing started many years ago, when I was able to dress myself up, not only for carnival, but also to play with friends in the forest. I imagined and developed characters and always wanted to dress up as my favourite fairytale characters, such as Allerleirauh, Rose Red, The Last Unicorn and many others. When I was about 16 years old, I discovered LARP, then cosplay and now both hobbies are a part of my life.
Having done LARP and cosplay for a few years, I have noticed the following: there are very few people doing both and those who do, most often pursue them in a very unbalanced way. Thus, the subject I want to deal with – “Why would LARP be interesting for cosplayers?”
LARP stands for live action role-playing game, a form game where the participants physically act out their characters’ actions. LARP differs from convention to convention. There are some events where you can hang out with friends, do a little roleplay and wear a costume bought
for less than 100€. Most cosplayers I know who are also doing LARP, go to this kind of events once every 1 to 2 years. There are also events where you start planning one year in advance, work on your costume(s) for months (and never finish!) and play challenging characters a few days without a break, maybe with people you’ve never met before.
copying something as perfectly as possible (find the right fabrics, search the whole web for the
perfect wig, etc.), it’s more about bringing your own ideas into reality. This is sometimes very
difficult and not always satisfying, because not all of us are designers or pattern makers or have a
clue about colours and how something from out of your head may look in real life. And of
course, LARP costumes have to survive a battle, so even if worbla armour look very cool, it will
not look cool anymore after your second encounter with an orc on the battlefield.
to dive into the character and consequently keep playing it for some days without a bigger break.
Furthermore, you have to keep in mind that your actions may have negative effects on the whole
game (e.g. if you kill your enemy, the person playing this character may be frustrated because his
character is dead now and he has to continue with another character).
of you (because even if there are photographers, you’re an always moving bee so the snapshots are
all blurred) and you wont have time to talk about real life stuff with your friends; you most likely
will not meet any real actors and you’ll probably not stay in a fancy hotel room, but in a tent with bugs
and spiders. Nonetheless, you’ll have the opportunity to work out your own idea of a character, not
only for the costume, but also by playing this character for a few days. You may discover new
sides of your personality and especially go through adventures like in books or movies, only with
soaked shoes, no sleep and – of course – your (new) friends.