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About Koumori-no-hime Cosplay
Hey, I’m Koumori! I’m an East Coast USA-based cosplayer, blogger, and YouTuber! I write and create educational cosplay content for those who are interested in getting into this awesome hobby!
How did you first get into cosplay?
I got into cosplay in college when some friends asked me to be part of their masquerade skit. I loved it and have been cosplaying ever since!
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
At the moment I cosplay for fun, but I would love to build it into a full-time career.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
Craftsmanship is one of my favorite aspects of cosplay, I prefer to make my costumes from scratch.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
This really depends on the costume and how detailed it is. My Dunkin’ Ronpa Junko was a silly costume that took a couple of days to make, while my Liliana Vess cosplay was intended for competition and took two and a half months to create using every moment of my free time.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
This is hard! Hmm, if I had to pick one at the moment I would go with Liliana, simply because that was my most challenging costume to date. I poured so much effort and really pushed myself with that build.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
Some of my greatest friends I met through cosplay and bonded with during long sewing marathons, haha!
How do you feel about group cosplays?
Group cosplays are awesome! They are so much fun to take part in. I haven’t been in a cosplay group for a few years but would love to get back into it.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
My next big costume is going to be Senbonzakura Hatsune Miku. I’m not sure what will come after that, but I’ve been looking into making something from the Final Fantasy or Fate series.
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
The cosplay community is expanding rapidly and with that rapid growth, there is a lot of jealousy and negativity. I think cosplayers need to focus on their own happiness and not worry as much about what others are doing.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I love female characters with interesting personalities that rise above whatever situation they’re in. As for genre, I’d have to say fantasy with a little bit of supernatural thrown in.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
My favorite part would have to be trying on a full costume for the first time and seeing all the pieces come together. After that, my favorite aspect would be the creation of the costume. I love seeing something fictional becoming a real-world item.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
Most of my fabrics and sewing supplies I get at my local JoAnn Fabric and Crafts after a lot of careful couponing! For other items like shoes and gloves, I use Amazon.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
As cheesy as it sounds my biggest obstacle has been myself. Whether it’s been self-doubt or lack of skills I keep pushing myself to do better.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
There’s no one singular life lesson that stands out immensely. Still to this day cosplay is helping me to get out of my comfort zone, try new things, and become more confident.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Cosplay for yourself. In such a visual hobby it is easy to get swept up in people-pleasing or chasing after stardom. Cosplay what you want and do what makes cosplay fun for you.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
The cosplay community has changed immensely since I first started. It used to be that there were very few resources for materials and information. Now there are all sorts of books, TV shows, websites, shops, and events related to cosplay.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over ambitious cosplay you want to do?
If time and money were unlimited I would love to make the witch Beatrice’s ball gown from the Umineko series- complete with golden butterflies!
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Before each costume, I break down how much it is going to cost to make, so see whether or not it is practical to start it in the first place. I try to use as many materials I have lying around as possible to keep under budget.
What does cosplay mean to you?
Cosplay is a way for me to express my creativity, show my love for my favorite series, and to learn new things.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
I have no intention of stopping cosplay anytime soon. The two main things that would prevent me from cosplaying are money and time. Cosplay is still a hobby for me so I need to take care of the basic needs first.
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