On Thursday February 17, 2011, FIT held the Tokyo Fashion Festa at Katie Murphy Amphitheatre. A small fashion show with extraordinary cosplayers. One of whom I had to pleasure of meeting and working with, cosplayer Kitsune Dolly. Kistune who has been cosplaying for 5yrs now, began here start into cosplay world after attending her NYCC a few years back. She instantly fell in love with it after first seeing cosplayers in magazines and then in person at the con. Being a model and a cosplayer, Kitsune Dolly understands the hard work and effort needed to be put into a runway performance and the accuracy of a cosplay. Below is my interview with her.
What does cosplay mean to you?
Cosplay really means a lot to me. It’s a way to express yourself and be able to be who you want to be.
What got you started cosplaying?
I’ve been into costuming my whole life so I instantly fell in love with it after seeing cosplayers in anime magazines. I started creating costumes after my first con (NYCC a few years ago) and never looked back since.
Since cosplaying what have you learned from it from a cultural stand point?
I’ve learned so much since I’ve started cosplaying, especially about japanese culture
Any awards you have won for certain cosplays and at which con/events?
I haven’t entered many contests but I have won 1st place in Cosplay the Documentary’s photo contest. (I’m not sure if it counts as an award, but I’ve had the pleasure of being a cosplay model for events/fashion shows including those for the Sakura Matsuri and Tokyo Fashion Festa, as well as displaying my costumes at FIT, and other accomplishments)
Favorite cosplays, future cosplays?
Ciel Phantomhive (red art version suit) from Kuroshitsuji is my favorite. I have a big list of planned costumes but I’ll be announcing my summer costume list very soon.
Besides the U.S which countries have you cosplayed in?
I haven’t cosplayed outside the U.S. yet, but I hope to cosplay at an event in Japan sometime in the near future!
What are your favorite anime and mangas?
That’s a big list, but my current favorites are Kuroshitsuji, Star Driver, and D.gray-man
Other interest outside of cosplaying?
Outside of cosplaying I’m a model, and I’m really into japanese fashion and lolita. I also love dancing, fashion design, singing, and acting, among other things!
What were some of the challenges cosplaying or making cosplays?
I think some challenges of cosplaying is accuracy and being as true to character as possible.
Has cosplaying affected what you wanted to do in life or was it the other way around?
It has, but in a positive way. It’s really been a gateway for me from everything to learning skills to having the opportunity to meet people and make friends from all around the world! My cosplay is also entwined with my modeling career, so it’s a major influence.
What are some of the good and bad about cosplaying at cons?
There are so many good things, but I think the best is getting to be around other cosplayers and people who love the same hobbies. There isn’t much bad I can say.
Who has supported you the most in cosplay?
My friends, who are also cosplayers~ As well as my fans. They help motivate me and their encouragement and support means so much to me!
What inspires you?
All the great experiences and memories I have while cosplaying
Do you see youself ever stopping and would encourage your kids to cosplays?
I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon. Haha, I don’t know about that far in the future, but I’d definitely encourage others to try it.
Best moment cosplaying?
Overall my best moments are both modeling my costumes and promoting the cosplay community at events like Tokyo Fashion Festa, as well as the adventures I have with my friends at conventions!
Do you see cosplay strictly for cons or branching out into the world of fashion, seeing Miss Anime pageants or more Cosplay fashion shows?
It’s getting more attention in the world outside of cons, so I do see it expanding to more events and fashion shows in the future. But I do think cons will always be the main outlet for cosplayers.