A few weeks ago, I sent out the call to the Legion of Major Spoilerites to send your questions about cosplay for me to answer.Â I’ve been a tad busy, but finally had some time to sit down and answer your questions.
greenbass86 asks: How much does something like this normally cost you?
Victoria: It all depends on the character. Some costumes require wigs, hair extensions, accessories or specific footwear.Â A costume like Supergirl for example, cost roughly $170 whereas Calie Liddle was only $60.
MechanisticMoth asks: Whatâ€™s the next costume thatâ€™s currently in the works or that you want to try out sometime in the future?
Victoria: I am currently working on Zatanna which should be completed sometime in January. Iâ€™m very excited!
Mechanistic: If given the opportunity to make your own super hero costume, what would it look like? What would be your name? Powers?
Victoria: Funny enough, Iâ€™ve never really thought about designing my own costume. Itâ€™s hard enough cosplaying in tight revealing clothes and high heels; I canâ€™t imagine what it would be like to fight crime like that! *laughs*
Although pink is my favorite color, I donâ€™t think I would be taken seriously and would probably end up looking like a flamingo threw up on me. I would stick with basic black. A top thatâ€™s form fitting made out of soft material thatâ€™s low cut with long sleeves would be comfy and sexy. Black shorts would be cool and maybe throw in some fishnet stockings.Â A long black trench coat would be a nice addition and I would wear my hair in a high ponytail with red lipstick. No high heels! Flat heeled boots are the way to go.Â I would have the power of Telekinesis which I always found to be fastinating and one of the most useful superpowers. As for a code name, I canâ€™t think of anything. If anyone else does, feel free to drop me a line!
OS Perry asks: Have you ever done the Steampunk look?
Victoria: I havenâ€™t but itâ€™s something I would love to try! Itâ€™s so creative and artistic and I would love to bring my cosplay to that level!
OS Perry: Any costume requests that youâ€™ve refused to do?
Victoria: I donâ€™t cosplay characters Iâ€™m no familiar with. I get a little annoyed when people bug me about Anime characters in particular. Iâ€™ve only watched one anime series in my life and that was Full Metal Alchemist. Iâ€™ve seen a few of Hayao Miyazaki films and they were really good but I am not an anime fan and never claimed to be one. Also when people ask about video game characters from games Iâ€™ve never played. I have several online profiles, all of my likes and dislike are listed and when someone brings something up that I clearly have no interest in, itâ€™s really annoying.
I appreciate when people suggest characters but itâ€™s for feedback purposes only. I cosplay only for myself. This is a form of self expression and is a creative outlet for me.
OS Perry: What are some of your favorite materials to use for your costumes?
Victoria: I donâ€™t make my own costumes from scratch so I canâ€™t answer that. I can tell you what my favorite accessories are; my Catwoman whip and the guns I use for Lara Croft.
OS Perry: Do you have a favoriteâ€¦ do you go back and revisit costumes, and wear them on multiple occasions? What is your favorite go to costume?
Victoria: Every time someone asks me what my favorite costume is, my answer changes! Itâ€™s hard for me to select just one because Iâ€™m very passionate about each character Iâ€™ve portrayed. Currently my favorite it Lara Croft but Iâ€™m sure by next week Iâ€™ll have a different answer *laughs*.
As for wearing one particular costume to events, it all depends on what the occasion calls for. If itâ€™s a video game convention then itâ€™s naturally Lara Croft. For comic shows I have a larger variety; Catwoman, Supergirl, Calie Liddle and even Slave Princess Leia. I canâ€™t really think of a place where I can wear Hermione Granger or Belle although I attended one anime convention as Belle years ago.
My favorite â€œgo toâ€ costume would be Supergirl. Itâ€™s a mainstream character thatâ€™s always popular with fans and I can get ready pretty fast in that one.
OS Perry: What costume do you think you look most like your comic character counterpart?
Victoria: Probably Lara Croft. Even when Iâ€™m out of costume people tell me I look like Lara or compare me to Angelina Jolie.
OS Perry: What costume/character gets the most attention?
Victoria: I think Supergirl gets the most attention. Iâ€™ve been told by several people online that I am â€œknown as Supergirlâ€ and it seems to be the fan favorite. The costume was also a big hit at this yearâ€™s Baltimore Comic-Con. I was talking to dozens of fans who not only wanted photos but complimented the costumes and asked questions about it.
OS Perry: What do other women think of your hobby?
Victoria: Iâ€™ve apparently inspired other women to get into the hobby of cosplay but strangely enough, itâ€™s woman who profess their hate for me. Talk about weird!
paulv70 asks: What was the first costume you ever did?
Victoria: My first costume was Aerith Gainsborough from the video game Final Fantasy VII.
Paul70: Do you have a favorite story about being in costume?
Victoria: This past year I appeared on local television as Supergirl to promote Free Comic Book day. I was with a Spider-Man cosplayer and two Storm Troopers. It was exciting and cool to be on tv!
Paul70: Given infinite resources (time, money, materials, etc.), what would be your dream costume?
Victoria: One character Iâ€™ve been wanting to do is Huntress! I feel sheâ€™s one of the most bad-ass characters in comics and have loved her for years. Her costume is very complicated and I have yet to attempt to put it together. I know itâ€™s going to take a lot of money and most likely, I may have to get some things costume made. Itâ€™s a dream costume that I would love to make a reality.
Martin asks: Have you ever collaborated with anyone? If not, how come? Or is it just done better solo?
Victoria: Sadly, Iâ€™ve never really done a photo shoot with another cosplayer aside from pictures taken at conventions. My boyfriend dressed as Conner Kent/Superboy for this years Baltimore show and we took pictures before hand but heâ€™s not really a cosplayer. Also my schedule is very busy at the moment being a full time teacher, part time college student, contributor for Major Spoilers and photo shoots. One of these days Iâ€™ll have to free up some time and arrange a shoot with one of my cosplay friends! I have two people in mind I would love to collaborate with!
Thank you all for your fantastic questions and be on the look out for my Zatanna cosplay in the New Year! Happy Holidays!