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Cosplayer Spotlight – Closet Chloe

 

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About Closet Chloe

Closet Chloe is 23 years old and has been cosplaying and attending conventions since 2013. She specializes in closet cosplay for those who are new to the hobby or on a budget. She is originally from New Jersey, but is now based out of Southwest Florida. She also enjoys playing video games and taking pictures of her cat.

 

Closet Chloe
Character name: Bloom Series: Winx Club Photographer: Depth of Light Photography Taken at: AnimeNEXT 2018

How did you first get into cosplay?

I saw my sister and her friends doing it, and it looked like fun.

Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?

Mainly just for fun, but we’ll see what happens.

Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?

Hybrid! My very first cosplay was store-bought, but the rest are put together from clothes I already have and/or bought for cheap.

How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?

Usually a few months, but I have some cosplays that were made in less than a month.

What is your favorite cosplay you have done so far?

Bloom (Winx Club)! It was the most challenging project, as I was doing a lot of new things (fabric dyeing, making wings, etc.), but it’s had the biggest payoff in terms of photo quality and recognition at cons (Winx cosplay isn’t very common). Plus I feel pretty in the outfit, and for some reason, I really like having red hair.

What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?

During my first photoshoot (I was Mai Valentine at Liberty City Anime Con 2016), voice actor Matt Shipman dropped in and stopped me for a selfie. He worked on Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V and was excited to see other Yu-Gi-Oh! cosplayers.

How do you feel about group cosplays?

They look awesome and fun, and I’ve always wanted to be a part of one. I’ll be doing that next year hopefully, with the new Sailor Moon cosplay group I helped form.

What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?

Right now I’m working on upgrading Bloom and my Princess Jellyfish dress. Afterward, I’m planning a few casual versions of Kuranosuke (Princess Jellyfish) and Minako Aino, since I’m going to be Sailor Venus in the Sailor Moon cosplay group.

What issues do you see as being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?

Body positivity, probably. Personally, I always strive to stay in shape because I want to look the best I can, but everyone should do what they want/are comfortable with.

What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?

I tend to pick characters from older or more obscure series. I mostly prefer anime or other cartoons but have done a few gaming and comic book cosplays.

What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?

Of the construction part, shopping for supplies, because it’s exciting to collect/make each piece as you build towards the finished product. Afterward/overall, I love photo shoots!

What are your best resources for cosplay materials?

I always go to Joann’s for any materials I need to make or modify something, but I’ve had some amazing finds on eBay and Poshmark, even if it took several searches.

What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer? 

Finding time (and money) to go to conventions. Now that I’ve moved to a new city, the nearest 3-day event is over two hours away. Photographers have also become scarce, but at least I can do my own selfie shoots.

Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?  

Confidence! I never had any before I started cosplaying, but now I’ve grown to like who I am.

What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?

Pick characters you love, otherwise, you won’t enjoy it as much. Also, be nice to everyone regardless of what they’re wearing at the con. We’re all nerds and need to stick together.

How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?

There’s certainly more of us, that’s for sure. With more people working to build a social media following, it’s gotten a little more competitive.

If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?

Neo-Queen Serenity!

Do you set a budget for each cosplay?

I usually try to keep it to $100 or less. I’ll allow an extra $20-25 for the wig if needed.

What does cosplay mean to you?

It’s a fun creative outlet that helps me make friends.

How do you see the cosplay community 10 years from now?

Even MORE people cosplaying. Even less of them cosplaying from things I actually know.

What is your favorite con to attend?

AnimeNEXT! Though next year I’m looking to branch out to more Florida conventions.

Is there another cosplayer who inspires you or is your role model?

Mandycake Cosplay! She had to spend months in physical therapy after getting injured but never gave up on cosplay (in fact, she incorporated her injury into her cosplays to add a little humor to the situation).

Do you consider yourself an inspiration to other cosplayers?

Nah, I’m pretty casual compared to the professional people who do amazing builds.

What advice would you give someone about meeting cosplayers and taking their pictures? How do you like to be approached?

Ask politely and be patient if they/I need a second to put stuff down and pull out a prop to pose with.

What is one thing you wish your fans knew about you?

That I love and appreciate them all, even if I have difficulty conveying that in person. I tend to be socially awkward offline and am a much better writer than a speaker.

Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?

Age. As you get older, the pool of characters you can feasibly pull off will get a lot smaller, and you might not even like the characters that are left.



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