1) Did you enjoy playing Bayonetta (the character not the game) 2) Was it difficult to create the costume, because it has endless details; 3) What kind of fabric did you use? 4) Was it comfortable? 5) There are other works in progress?
1) Yes, I did. But cosplaying for me is more modeling than acting like the character. I'm not a good actress and I prefer taking it as a way to show my sewing and crafting skills. But, yes, I enjoyed it, we had a great time at the photoshoot 2) Yes, it was difficult. It was my first catsuit costume and I needed a lot of help. Then the guns gave us a lot of hard work. It took me 9 months to complete the costume. 3)I used faux-leather. 4) No, it, wasn't. The fabric looks great for Bayonetta, but it's not stretchy, so I couldn't even sit down properly and the high heels were killing meeee!! 5) There are lots of works in progress, haha. This weekend I'm making a photoshoot as Commander Shepard in her cocktail dress (Mass Effect 2) and I'm currently making a Nina Williams costume from Tekken Tag Tournament 2. And we have plans for costumes till year 3000
1) I think about cosplay, I think about "art in motion". If you ever saw a WCS gathering you would be astonished with the level of craftsmanship that some competitor put in each detail, each line, each button, prop and fabric. When I was in College I covered some events here and there and what I saw changed my perception about what Cosplay was all about.
2) Some materials can be a "pain in the derrière" to sew or wear (believe me I had my share of neoprene suits when I used to Surf, I almost got my head out of the socket trying to get out of one).
3) Catsuits are difficult to make because the whole process of designing it and then producing it using yourself as the mode is not a comfortable process to undergo. Faux-leather or America Leather clothe or plastic leather is very easy to use and cheap, a great material if compared to Latex or Leather or Leatherette.
4) Heels are modern day medieval torture machines. As a man, my grandmother always said to me that women would only use high heels 10cm+ when in Fancy Parties or Dinner. Not on everyday life. I work in a Major Financial Center and we see women falling from their heels on a daily basis.
1) Yes, I also think about cosplay as art in motion. We usualy say it's like becoming oneself an alive fanart. I've seen WCS contests, yeah, the costumes you see there are amazing. Some of the contestants this year were friends of us and we ge on very well with the couple who won the first prize. 2) There are a few costumes I've worn that I can consider actually comfy. 3) Now I know how to make catsuits!!! I like working with faux-leather. I always end up using that fabric in almost every costume XD 4)I never wear heels. Only when cosplaying and I end up soooo tired. I agree with you, they're modern day medieval torture machines XD 5) Thank you very much!!!!!
Speaking about Euro-2012, are you going to go to Japan Expo? Do you know something about the ECG contest?
1) Congrats to your friends. It is an honor to be held winner at the WCS. I met a few people, Italians and Brazilians who did win 1st prize; 2) The exact measure between showing too much and being conservative is the secret to a good cosplay. Women are not walking displays and it is offensive to consider them this way. So whenever I approach someone at a convention you have to be careful not to look rude of disrespectful. Cosplay is not an outlet to male fantasies. ALthough even here in DA, a serious site about art there are exceptions to that rule, "atetion-seekers" with low self-estime that are only here for the compliments. 3) Regarding catsuit and faux leather. Is is easy to sew, I mean no tricks or make them look one-piece and yet retain the quality to keep them together without falling apart at the scene? 4) I'm 5'7" (176cm) so I am not technically short I remember having to look up when I dated my ex-GF, you know: "how's the weather up there?". 5) You are welcome...