What inspires your costumes? Do you base them on a series or fandom, or are they completely your own creation? I am an artist, costume designer, and writer and I just sometimes want to bring my characters/ costume ideas to life.
Do you give your characters a backstory, or come up with "in-character" explanations for parts of the costume? It really depends on if I use my own characters that I make up.
Overall, why do you do it? I'm tired of everyone cosplaying the same thing over and over again. I think people should change it up a little bit and just try to make something original. It doesn't matter if their own character is themed after their favorite anime or just their own creation. Just stop doing the same thing over and over again!!! Nothing going to change! The costumes will always be the same no matter what.