I admit I can be very 'aggressive' when judging - like CapsuleCorp, I have never asked permission to look at a costume up-close and flip things over, nor have I been asked, either. I can only imagine asking a contestant and them telling me 'no, you can't look at that'. Points docked- how can I judge the craftsmanship without getting that extra up-close look? So instead of having that incredibly awkward moment, I dive into the costume and take a look for myself. Honestly, the most polite thing is to be GENTLE when handling the costume. I'm always incredibly cautious with even the most stable-looking costumes when I inspect them.
2014 Conventions :
Katsucon (Washington, DC) - Megacon (FL) - Colossalcon (OH)
Upcoming costumes : NiGHTS from NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams, Princess Kraehe (anime) from Princess Tutu, and Zidane Tribal from FFIX!