Have you heard about Joshua Hart of J. Hart Design? He was a guest of the past Anime USA 2014. Check out his advice for fellow cosplayers and more in this interview.
What got you into cosplay?
Prior to my first convention, I always loved going to the Maryland Renaissance Festival; and, I absolutely treasured playing dress-up! When I was thirteen, I began to teach myself how to sew and alter clothing for these festivals. I would sew all of my renaissance garb by hand, and my free time was spent researching new sewing techniques. I began cosplaying in high school with many of my theatre friends. When they asked me to join their Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children group for Otakon 2005 in Baltimore, MD , I was immediately thrilled and excited to participate.
What is your favorite cosplay to date?
This is an extremely difficult question to answer. All of my costumes are my children; I love them equally. But, if I absolutely had to choose, I would pick my Trinity Blood group, made in 2009 for Otakon’s Hall Costume Contest. While these costumes are not to flashiest, nor the best constructed, they hold a very dear place in my heart because these were the first costumes where I felt confident and proud to showcase my work. These costumes were far above my comfort zone, and I learned so much by making them.
What is your advice to cosplayers new to the scene? What about when making their own cosplays?
The main piece of advice I can give to novice cosplayers is to be proud of your accomplishments, and to refrain from comparing or judging yourself against other attendees or friends. Whether you compiled your costume from found/purchased pieces or created your costume from scratch, you have expressed passion and creativity. These are both admirable and commendable traits worthy of praise.
Who are some people that you look up to as role models?
I have always admired any talented individuals. But, my work has always been shaped by Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, Zac Posen, and Alexander McQueen. While they each have their particular styles, I have always admired their sense of proportion, silhouette, and minute detailing. I have pushed myself, over many years, to produce garments that are crafted as beautifully as their garments. I am still hoping to achieve this goal.
What was your first cosplay? What have you learned since that has stuck with you the most?
As previously mentioned, my first costume was Cloud from Final Fantasy: Advent Children for a large group with my friends. Looking back, the finished costume was a mess! But, the experience, creativity, and comradery has stuck with me ever since! Over the years, I have learned that patience is the key to a successful, finished product. I can guarantee that sewing is time consuming, stressful, fussy, and expensive. But, by calming your frustrations, you will work more efficiently, skillfully, and cautiously. This will result in a better looking garment, and a happier, more confident cosplayer!
We’re pleased to offer alternative membership options for those that may not be able to join us for all three days of Anime USA 2014. See you soon!
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Mika Takeuchi is the new upcoming Japanese fashion designer inspired by Japanese sub-culture. Her creation of Neo Gothic collection is a mixture between gothic, Lolita and her own individual style.
Takeuchi used to work under h.NAOTO for 10 years and was in charge of designs for FRILL, h.jelly, Melt etc.
A balance between the world of gothic, lolita, and punk come together to make distinctive, chic, and elegant designs.
Takeuchi has specially been invited to show case her 2014 AUTUMN/WINTER collection world of Neo-Gothic in Anime USA in Washington D.C. It will be her very first international show in the US!
This is a chance to participate in the very first show of the brand MIKA TAKEUCHI. Selected models will be able to wear the newest AUTUMN/ WINTER 2014 collection!
All models participating in this show will receive a 20% discount off any MIKA TAKEUCHI items collection after the Anime USA show at Jhouse-Rock booth.
Don’t miss this amazing chance to have fun and experience the new world of Neo-Gothic and feel free to invite your friends or even apply to be a model in the fashion show with your friends!
Attention rhythm-game lovers! Bemani Invasion will be bringing their collection of music-based arcade machines to Anime USA for members to play all weekend at #AnimeUSA2014! Games include classics such as Dance Dance Revolution and Pop’n Music, and new games like Jubeat.
Hi there fellow cosplay enthusiasts! We’re pleased to announce our Cosplay Masquerade and Hall Cosplay contests.
If you’re interested in showing off your performance and craftsmanship skills in one exciting and entertaining show, check out our Cosplay Masquerade.
If you’re interested in a quiet, scheduled judging session where you’ll speak directly to craftsmanship judges and tell them about the details of their work, check out the Hall Cosplay.
If you’re interested in showing off you fabulous cosplay without competing in a contest, check out the Cosplay Fashion Show!
We’re scouting for talented DJs to come spin at Anime USA 2014. If you love music and have an amazing set to share, audition today! Our friend, Ladie Eve, is coordinating the process. Click here for more information and an audition form.