I love this, now I know Im not crazy for wanting to make every part of my groups NANA costumes by hand ;_;... and so far it's gone well ^_^
Anyway, regarding the swastika, I must say this in case it eases some worries about people being idiots... the swastika had a meaning long before the Nazi's transposed the actual (Buddhist) symbol to their retarded campaign:
The swastika pictured above on the VW shirt (with the little arms pointing clockwise) is actually a Buddhist "Ura Manji" which represents Strength and Intelligence, if you drew tha manji backwards (with the little arms pointing counterclockwise) it would be a "Omote Manji" which represents Infinite mercy and compassion... These different Manji's are seen all over the place on ancient Buddhist and Hindu statues, buildings, clothing, jewelry, monuments, etc...
How do I know this? I'm a theology major, and this is a theme very commonly talked about in all symbology classes... so if anyone bothers you guys about having a "swastika" on your outfits, dont worry, I dont believe you have to justify yourselves... simply say it's not a Nazi swastika, it's a Buddhist manji and if people STILL bother you, tell them to look it up on the internet when they get home, there are countless scholarly sources of information regarding this... in fact, here are two links to simple google image searches for "Buddhist swastika" and "hindu swastika":
If one has the mentality that this is a Nazi concept, then seeing this symbol thrown around so often in asia would freak alot of people out ^_^
Anyhoo... sorry for the long post... great job to you and your whole NANA group, I love, respect and admire you all! ;_;
First of all, I thank you so much for posting this information. I have a friend who wants me to do Nana cosplay and I've already told him that I don't have the time. His excuse was "You can buy everything at Hot Topic" I told him that I didn't think so, but he won't listen to me. It's frustrating when people just assume that mundane-seeming clothing will be easy to find. While it may be easy to find, is it easy to pay for? Probably not.
Sedondly, those costumes looked fantastic! It must have been a lot of work finding the references and putting everything together and, while I haven't seen the anime or watched the manga, everything looked so amazing that I was terribly impressed.
Thirdly, I would like to thank you and Cherry for all the support you gave me with the swastika. A lot of people aren't comfortable wearing the cross-axis, but if you're not comfortable doing it, don't wear the costume. Usually the symbol portrays character attitude with symbols that are ususally seen as unacceptable for public. Personally, I wouldn't have worn Schrodinger if I didn't have a jacket to wear outside of the convention. Since the costume was only a beta, I wasn't sure if I wanted to go on wearing it because of all the controversy with the swastika and because of Limit Break's support, I'm more gung-ho about finishing the costume. Thanks so much!
hmm yeah i think you made a good point. vivienne westwood is a genius in my mind that can do no wrong. and steven kicks ass for rockin the shirt
Thanks for finding all the pictures. I must confess that I bought the items in my Nana cosplay, but as I plan on doing more Nana cosplays in the future, I aspire to one day be able to make a really good costume. Vivienne Westwood is queen!
Buying everything. . . Rofl. I hand made my Shin seditionaries shirt! It would have been easier to buy it, but it's possible to replicate them.
<3 Glad that you posted this up. They do look like really simple costumes, but trying to match the style head on is a lot harder than it looks.
Haha, yeah. Most of our jewelry (with the exception of the Solid orb ring and knuckle ring, which we TOTALLY would have bought knockoffs of if we had been able to find them : P) were either directly from ebay, or from ebay with some modifications (Like a pair of pearl drop earrings getting made into both Nana O's weird long earring, and nana K's pearl drop necklace) No one in our group has any metal crafting experience, so the best we could do was sculpt them, and then default back to casting them in resin. But hey! It let me continue my trend of involving fiberglass unecissarily in all costumes!
im fairly sure many of those items (knock offs mind you) are sold on ebay, which is where, i understand most nana cosplay accesories like the VW are bought from. but yeah. NO WAY anyone would spend that much on nana. (no offense nana). i'd give 'em props for that.
Oh GOD no, it wasn't all just purchased. Rocking Horse shoes alone go for something to the tune of $600, if you can track them down at all. These images are basically to show the referances used when we created our own costumes.
Honestly, though, if someone did make a Nana costume using entirely original VW items, I would be so impressed that they spent $6000 on a silly costume, I don't think I would even feel let down by the fact that they didn't make any of it. XD
its good to hear someone explain that nana can be more than a 20 minute closet cosplay. but i have to say that buying everything can be prety similar. not so much the jewlery, because that makes a lot of sense to buy. i do understand you have done a very exceptional nana, and i love it. its wonderful to see something MADE for a nana cosplay (other than tearing a shirt). so great job! thank you!
Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha‑olam ~
Honestly, this is a very apt way to describe the type of context our modern society should hold the swasitka in. The reign of the Third Reich was ushered out almost a century ago, and while the Holocaust is a very real thing that occurred; it should no longer possess any effect. As a Star Of Israel myself, I feel it's best to say that the Holocaust was used as a means of demoralizing the Jewish community and their image; and honestly ~ If we are still fearing the reign of a long dead anti-semetic heretic like Hitler, the Chosen are in poor shape.
I'd also like to say that costumes stand out when attention to detail is used, and using sometimes contraversial icons can be a part of that attention to detail. However, in this issue ~ I believe that what has been stated clearly addresses the subject.