What got you into cosplay?
I've been designing and making my own clothes for years, and I also have always loved making Halloween costumes. When a friend told me about anime conventions, I was all over it.
What was your first costume and why?
I've been making historical costumes or parts of costumes for almost as long as I've been sewing, which is really long time. My first costume that I still own was a Renaissance dress, but the first costume I ever made was definitely for Civil War reenacting, as I've done that my whole life.
My first convention costume was Shiva from FFX. It was extremely ambitious for someone who had never so much as styled a wig before, but it went well.
What is your favorite costume and why?
This an ever evolving answer. I love every costume I make, and I feel that each new costume becomes my favorite until another one tops it. Just ask me anytime, and I'll give you my current top costume!
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Each dream costume I have becomes a reality, and then I must pick another.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
I think I'd have to say Megacon 2006. I met some really nice people there (who influenced my decision to be on cosplay.com), and I did my first solo costume contest. I had so much fun meeting other cosplayers, and I even found a Rydia to match my Rosa!
Do you participate in masquerades?
Sometimes I participate. I do love performing, but I also enjoy judging.
What was your best masquerade experience?
Actually, I had the most fun judging!
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
I have won several awards, both in cosplay contests and in the outside costuming world.
Tell us a little about yourself
I have a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Florida, and I have a Master's degree from UCLA. I'm also a big SCA/history nerd. I now own my own clothing label, Daisy Viktoria, which you can check out on my website http://daisyviktoria.com
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I love mitochondria! <3 <3 <3
My favorite anime
Tsubasa Chronicles, Trinity Blood, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Serial Experiments Lain, Ayashi no Ceres, Princess Tutu, Record of Lodoss War, Chobits, Fushigi Yuugi, Angel Sanctuary
My favorite game(s)
Final Fantasy series, Metroid, Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, old Nintendo games, Dynasty Warriors, Onimusha, Devil May Cry, and Katamari!!!
My favorite book(s)
The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, Memoirs of a Geisha, Diary, Invisible Monsters, A Clockwork Orange, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
My favorite character(s)
Galadriel, Merlin, Gandalf, Terra, Rosa, Ariel, Lara Croft, Samus
My favorite movies(s)
Labyrinth, Legend, The Princess Bride, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Little Mermaid, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Crow