Cosplay is a combination of costume and play and first started to gain popularity in the early 1990’s in Japan. This is a practice of dressing up as a fictional character while acting much like that character to give a touch of authenticity to the experience. Many of the people who get involved see cosplay as a unique display of performance art and is associated with characters that appear in video games, anime, or comic books. Plus, it is also popular for many individuals that attend the major conventions related to film or comics.
There are plenty of reasons why people get involved with cosplay which can range from creating an elaborate costume that portrays a favorite character to the overall social experience.
A major aspect of getting involved with cosplay is the ability to promote socialization and meet others that hold a similar interest. By meeting up with other like-minded individuals it helps to create an environment that makes it possible to socialize without judgment. Plus, this safe environment can do a lot for the personal self-esteem, as well as to help with academic and social success. Also, by sharing an activity with others with the same interests, it can help to create immediate familiarity with a complete stranger, and it is much easier to make friends in a shared community.
Most groups that choose to cosplay get a lot less negative reactions than was experienced in the past, with more and more people open to this pastime as it grows in popularity.
The use of cosplay can help and support the quiet type, who might not normally feel they are able to expose their inner needs. However, with the ability to dress up differently many of these same people are able to come out of their closets.
Cosplay can be used as an efficient method to help improve self-esteem, which over time can make it possible to even overcome anti-social disorders and stage fright, while giving a great ego boost and increase in energy.
Creative skills are certain to be learned when it comes to building the wide range of costume and props. Many people who started out with creating the costumes for cosplay have gone on to build a professional career in costume fabrication. The costume making process helps to learn about crafts, fabric and sewing, as well as staying in touch with the latest costume styles and techniques.