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About Rainbowash Cosplay
Hello! I’m Giulia, I’m 21 and I’m a cosplayer from Sardinia (Italy) since 2010. I am mostly a cosmaker than a cosplayer, and a real DIY weirdo! I love to challenge myself with all kind of characters and materials, and trying to go out of my comfort zone every new chacater I make. I really love creating, and I could never cosplay without making anything myself! I wish to work with costumes (cosplay or not) one day.
How did you first get into cosplay?
I was just 13 and always wanted to do cosplay. I went out of a bad delusion in my teen life, so I just decided I wanted to try something new. Nothing scary! Just took a bunch of paper and glue, worked months, asked for the help of my relatives, and I first did a cosplay: Valeera Sanguinar from Warcraft universe. I enjoyed it a lot and eventually started cosplaying almost at every cosplay meetup. It wasn’t a great cosplay but helped me make lots of friends.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
It’s already helping me a lot in my career. I take wigs commissions and I get some money by it. That would be awesome to work with cosplay or costumes in general, but it’s more like a dream.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I do it all by myself. I try not to commission anything and never buy anything. If I could, I’d even create base materials from scratch! That’s the part I enjoy the most, and I try to always do more and more by myself, and going out o my comfort zone. I just started working with metal, too!
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
Depends on the cosplay. It could be 1 day, 1 week or 1 month. Never spent more than 6 months on a costume, and it was mostly because I had personal life going on, too, so I had to slow a little with cosplay.
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
Probably Giorno Giovanna from Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures. Not really the costume, but more about how happy I was to cosplay him. But otherwise, 2b cosplay, even if is not even finished yet, is giving me lots of satisfaction!
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
There are a lot of memories. Probably the best was when Yoko Taro (Nier and Drakengard creator) started following me, and not even with a finished cosplay (I just wrote it I wanted to cosplay all his heroines and followed me). The worst… well… when I practiced for weeks to sing a song on the contest stage but completely failed it. It was awful, but I never sang before and I couldn’t even hear myself because of the volume. I cried so much.
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I’m not really into it! I prefer never going more than 3 cosplayers. I really care about cosplay quality. I feel like somebody could maybe not be happy with other group members, also, and I don’t want people fighting!
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
I’m currently working on 2b from Nier: Automata, Kainè from Nier, and Sturm from Granblue Fantasy. Planning to cosplay Prompto Argentum from Final Fantasy XV, Ferry from Granblue Fantasy and Magnolia Arch from Bravely second before the year ends.
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
I think people should start ignoring things that don’t like more than arguing over everything.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I don’t really have a genre. I mostly feel in love with characters instantly, and just NEED to cosplay them. Could be any type of character. I’ve done little girls, men, and any kind of fantasy race! I just love the character.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
I think it’s starting to see the results, creating the costume. Like, for example, creating a dress, ready and making all the base, putting in and seeing it fits perfectly. It makes me feel so happy. Probably also trying the wig for the first time!
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
Surely small local shops. I’m glad my region (I’m from Italy really into DIY so it’s full of places to buy stuff for my costumes. Even if they feel a little awkward serving a little girl that looks 16 ask for really weird stuff.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
Showing a lot of skin. Lots of character are just like that, but I’m not comfortable with my body. But instead of being lazy and crying over it I start working out a lot like I am doing currently. I really need it but it’s a TERRIBLE obstacle I need to overcome every time I want to cosplay a revealing outfit.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
“If you didn’t win this contest, it means something was wrong. Just try again, and next time, make a better costume. ” If I failed once it doesn’t mean it’ll happen again. I just need to be better next time! So time to work!
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Just try your best! And accept suggestions, but all you need is to enjoy what you’re doing and be kind to others.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
I don’t think it really changed. People are people. It’s grown, over time, but more people means also more bad people.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over ambitious cosplay you want to do?
I always wanted to do Sylvanas Windrunner from World of Warcraft. It’s my dream cosplay since I knew what cosplay was.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Not really. I mean, I never even reached 200 euros for a cosplay, but it’s because I do all from scraps. I mostly think about “I am about to spend a lot of money for this cosplay, can I do that right now? No? Ok let’s look for a less expensive one”
What does cosplay mean to you?
Challenging myself every day, and dedication.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
Probably finding a job about costuming that makes me really happy. I would love to work with that, and I think learning to live with your passion is the best thing that can possibly happen.
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