What got you into cosplay?
I started by wearing Victorian dresses on a daily basis (the whole nine yards - petticoats, bloomers, chemise, corset, etc.), which evolved into movie costumes, and then anime cosplay. I've never crossplayed (I just can't tame the girls!) but I'd like to try eventually.
What was your first costume and why?
Madeleine's Green ballgown from Interview with the Vampire. I absolutely love the movie, and that dress was one of the big costume highlights for me. I don't think I'll ever really retire it. <3
What is your favorite costume and why?
Hmm...I'm kind of in costume limbo right now. I'm working on a bunch of stuff, and I have a lot of costume plans, but I'm not feeling inspired by my old costumes anymore. I'm currently working on Queen Esther from the Trinity Blood Artbook, so I'm looking forward to prancing around in that in the near future!
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
I would love, love, LOVE to make Desdemona from Gargoyles. (Yes Desdemona, not Demona.) She was my cartoon crush as a kid, I fell in love with her the moment they introduced her. Need to get in shape before I can do that, though. ^^;
Other than that, I'd love to recreate Madam du Barry's gown from the 1938 Marie Antoinette. It's huge, it's shiny, it's over the top, and I absolutely love it. :D
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
That moment when I changed from the one recognizing everyone to the one being recognized. :D It was an amazing feeling, like I'd finally made it as a good cosplayer. ^^
Do you participate in masquerades?
I -finally- got over my fear of going on stage at AnimeFest 2009, and it was well worth it! My cosplay group, Better than Stuff, won a Judge's Award for the Master division. ^^
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
2nd place in a Lord of the Rings costume contest for my Arwen Bridge dress, and 1st for my Helm's Deep Legolas that I made for my sister, a Judge's Award for my Caterina Sforza, and Best in Show for my Suh Wang Mo (even though it was an interpretation, and not an exact copy. :p)
Tell us a little about yourself
I'm currently in school studying forensic psychology. I should be wrapping up my bachelor's in the next year or so, then going up to UCO for my Masters. :)
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
My favorite anime
Avatar: The Last Airbender, Trinity Blood, Gunslinger Girl, Chrno Crusade, Petshop of Horrors, Full Metal Alchemist, Witch Hunter Robin, Wolf's Rain
My favorite game(s)
I haven't played anything since Sega Genesis was the cool new platform. :p
My favorite book(s)
Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde, any of Poppy Z. Brite's horror novels, any of Neil Gaiman's books, The Somnambulist by Johnathan Barnes, Anne Rice's older stuff (pre-Memnoch)
My favorite character(s)
Lord Darcia from Wolf's Rain, Caterina Sforza and Tres Iqus from Trinity Blood, Krad from DN Angel, Belus, Ash, and Nebrios from Tarot Cafe, Count D from Petshop of Horrors, Kadaj from Advent Children
My favorite movies(s)
Any and all Star Trek movies, Onmyouji I & II, Ju-on, Julius Caesar (1953 w/Marlon Brando), Advent Children, Cruel Intentions, Spaceballs, Pyrokinesis, War of the Worlds, Cinderella
My favorite actors/actresses
Liv Tyler. Period.
...and Takeshi Kaneshiro.