In the 12th century, the Carnival festival appears. It allows Christians to share a good meal in a friendly atmosphere, before the start of Lent. During Lent, both adults and children no longer ate eggs or meat. The meal preceding this period made it possible to finish the reserves. The term “carnival” comes from the Latin carnelevare which means “to remove the meat”. For this feast, it was common for roles to be exchanged through disguise: nobles were transformed into vassals, vassals into nobles. Obviously the Spiderman Costumes are perfect for the time.
This tradition has continued to this day, and the pleasure of transforming into someone else for an evening to party is still alive today. A new movement has even emerged from disguise: cosplay.
An Alternative to Simple Disguise: Cosplay
In the 1960s, cosplay made its appearance. Contrary to popular belief, this one is of American descent. The term cosplay comes from the words “costume” and “playing”. It was invented by Japanese journalist Nov Takahashi in 1984. It refers to dressing up and playing a fictional character. This momentum reached its peak in the 1970s and 1980s, with the release of Star Trek and Star Wars in particular. It was during a gathering of fans, disguised as their favorite characters, that Nov Takahashi discovered this phenomenon and exported it to Japan. There he met a dazzling success, concerning the characters of manga and animated series in particular.
Cosplay and cosplayers are different from simple disguises. Indeed, in addition to the costume, the adult or the child really embodies his character. He mimics it, integrates his facial expressions, his way of speaking and moving around. It is not only a question of wearing a disguise, the time of an evening, to party. Large gatherings, veritable cosplay parties, are also organized regularly. The Captain America Costume is most popular presently.
The characteristics of a cosplay:
- A fictional person.
- A costume or disguise made entirely by hand.
- Make-up and hairstyle identical to those of the character, down to the smallest details (hair colors, eyes, etc.).
- The incarnation of a character through a real role-playing game.
The Staging: Whether it’s taking photographs or presenting a small scene, cosplayers work to entertain audiences and give the impression of being their characters. If you want to immerse yourself, for a few hours, in the world of cosplay, it arrived in Europe in the 1990s. You can go to the most famous events:
- The Japan expo in Paris: it is intended for cosplays on manga and other Japanese anime.
- The Blizzcon (not in Paris, but in California): more on the theme of video games.
- La Comic-con Paris: for superheroes).
The Criteria for the Ideal Disguise
Whether for a birthday party, Halloween, Christmas, Carnival or a classic costume party, a costume is designed according to multiple criteria. To help you take stock and find a costume that’s right for you, take a moment to prioritize. Would you like to use a costume you already have (for a little girl, you probably already have a princess dress)? Or do you plan to dig into your wardrobe to compose it yourself? Or, do you want to treat yourself with the purchase of a new costume? Also take into account the accessories (mask, wig, etc.).