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About Pixie Cosplay
I go by Pixie, I’m a French post-graduate student. I studied costume and scenography in England, and am now writing my memoir on… you guessed it, cosplay! I also dance in two troupes, love to sing, and work as an entertainer for themed events. During cons, I like to participate in cosplay competitions or speak at cosplay panels – I’ll even have a booth in April! Voilà, that pretty much sums it up!
How did you first get into cosplay?
I got into cosplay when I attended my first con in 2009 (I think), Japan Expo (Paris). I was discovering this entirely new world to me, and cosplay was a part of it, so I very naturally made an attempt, stimulated by the fact I had started sewing lessons a year prior.
How much time do you spend making your costumes?
All my life! I do it all the time, very seriously. At lunch break, in the morning, in the evening, even sometimes for classes (I attended an arts university and crammed cosplay into that). A single costume though might take anywhere from a day to 9 months!
What’s your favorite cosplay you’ve done so far?
Two in fact: Yuuko Ichihara’s riding habit from XXXHolic volume 5, and Lucy’s and Kohta’s Klimt-inspired dress and tunic from the Elfen Lied opening. Both were huge challenges which were so rewarding in the end.
Do you usually get positive reactions from fans?
I often cosplay characters few people have heard of, but I do get positive reactions, it’s lovely! Thankfully everyone I’ve met up to now has been appreciative; an Elfen Lied fan was delighted to see someone cosplay from the opening, and I was equally happy that he had recognized my costume. It was also great to meet another Lucy cosplayer that time!
What’s the next costume or event you’re preparing for?
I’m preparing for several cons, but the two main costumes are Himawari from XXXHolic and a mystery cosplay from Trinity Blood for the French National Championships Finals in November.
What characters inspire you the most?
Hmm… I’m very design-oriented, so I’m quite capable of cosplaying a character I can’t abide (Haruka Nanami from UtaPri for example). But perhaps strong, mysterious characters with a lot of poise and presence, like Yuuko Ichihara, or dancer characters, whom I can portray on stage.
What is your primary area of inspiration for your cosplay? Comics, anime, games or other?
It’s usually anime and manga, or illustrators, the ones with very detailed garments (Clamp, Sakizou…)
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
Hands down local fabric stores. It’s just not the same ordering online (without a sampler) and seeing the fabric for yourself. I know how hard it is however to find good fabric shops. As for other materials, we have two french online stores and possibly a physical store coming soon.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give new cosplayers?
Go for it, and stop looking up to others and telling yourself you can’t do that. You’re the only one putting limits on your abilities when you think that. No one started out good at anything! It’s good to use others as motivation to better your skills, but not if it’s a barrier. You’ll meet plenty of splendid people on the way who will help you along.
What’s your golden rule of cosplay?
Always keep it fun, light-hearted! That goes for going to cons and competing. I like to think I compete with people, not against them, and we’re all aiming to give a good show to the audience. As for creating costumes, it would be never underestimated the time needed to create a costume… Too many sleepless nights there…
What does your budget run per costume?
It varies wildly, but it’s usually rather high… Perhaps between 50 and 700€.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
Yes, perhaps costume making in general, surprisingly, might make me stray from cosplay someday (bearing in mind you ask if anything *would*). If I want to make costumes other than cosplay, then I might put cosplay on the back burner for a while. Although I think it would just be a phase; I do plan on cosplaying to a great age, there are a lot of old characters I can’t cosplay just yet. It’s so creatively stimulating that I will continue one way or another!
If money and time were not issues, what’s your number one over ambitious cosplay?
Uuuuugh, definitely Granado Espada! I’m taking on a few over ambitious cosplays at the moment, but that one will be the next!
Why do you cosplay?
I cosplay for so many reasons. I love the process, especially sewing (if I can make armor out of fabric, I do!); I love the challenge of making a design come to life, and I love being on stage. I compete as well; in France skits are mandatory, and I love that part as well. But it’s also and mostly a fantastic social experience, having cosplay in common with a stranger means being almost instantly friends!
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