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Unread 02-10-2013, 09:57 PM   #16
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I think making a costume which accents your body type is what takes cosplay to the next level. It fits tightly where it needs to be. It fits snugly where it needs to be.
After all, clothes are just there as a tool to upgrade your appearance and likewise for cosplay.
The most defining characteristics of anime character or anything are their curves.

Some other things I notice at cons are wigs that shine too brightly.

Just being attentive to details and getting the common things right makes a great cosplay. C:
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Unread 02-10-2013, 10:04 PM   #17
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The things that I notice are:

Oversized costumes
Full suit costumes
Costumes with working lights
Big gorgeous dresses
Underdone characters I know

Those are usually my "eye-catching" things.
This and I'm going to add large props to that list. Alice is the costume that gets me the most attention due to my giant hobby horse.
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Unread 02-10-2013, 10:40 PM   #18
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Knowing where to insert all the 3D structural elements that 2D characters effectively disregard and still manage to make it seamless.

'Nice armored boots. Tell me, how'd you get your foot in that? Or better yet, how will you get it out?'

The dilemma, lol.
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Unread 02-11-2013, 05:00 PM   #19
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Personally for me, I think it is the props a cosplayer may have or the level of detail they put into their cospay. So if they are cosplaying a character I know very well, and they include a detail on their costume that most people miss, I get really excited.
Also if the cosplayer can stay in character well, that catches my attention too (although I haven't encountered too many people who are in character)
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Unread 02-11-2013, 06:22 PM   #20
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I think making some small little detail unique can really make it - if you're in a sea of My Little Pony cosplayers but you took the time to include something like a bunch of candy (for Pinkie Pie) or a particular book (for Twilight Sparkle) then that can really make you shine.

Or if your costume calls for a particular colour trim, but you add just that little bit of sparkle by using a slightly fancier type of trim, that too can really help.
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Unread 02-11-2013, 08:11 PM   #21
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What takes a costume to the next level? I would imagine the escalators.

Is this a trick question?
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Unread 02-11-2013, 08:16 PM   #22
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This and I'm going to add large props to that list. Alice is the costume that gets me the most attention due to my giant hobby horse.
I meant to add that actually. After I posted I got lazy and didn't, but I all of a sudden thought of all the Scythes I saw a year or two ago at Anime Boston sticking out of the crowd, and the huge swords. Thanks for calling on that. I find it more amusing you have an Ukyo avatar saying this too.
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Unread 02-11-2013, 08:30 PM   #23
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I meant to add that actually. After I posted I got lazy and didn't, but I all of a sudden thought of all the Scythes I saw a year or two ago at Anime Boston sticking out of the crowd, and the huge swords. Thanks for calling on that. I find it more amusing you have an Ukyo avatar saying this too.
Well, I'm going to be bringing her to my next con. I expect my giant spatula to bring me attention. I don't expect a lot of people to know the character as cons these days are filled with younguns who think InuYasha is old school.
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Unread 02-11-2013, 09:00 PM   #24
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Well, I'm going to be bringing her to my next con. I expect my giant spatula to bring me attention. I don't expect a lot of people to know the character as cons these days are filled with younguns who think InuYasha is old school.
Yeah, I know how that is. My first con in 2005, I was actually Ryoga, and no one recognized me except one guy. Then again, I was a terrible closet Ryoga.... yellow shoe laces wrapped around my legs, and a plain yellow T shirt.... sucked so bad, but I have gotten better, lol. I LOVE seeing Ranma cosplayers though. I have gotten a very, very few Ranmas over the years (Even mistaken a girl from Hetalia for female Ranma), I got a Ryoga and Ukyo together, I got one or two Shampoos, and I am sure one or two other Ranma characters.

I honestly wish there were more Ranma cosplayers. I love that series.
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Unread 02-12-2013, 08:10 AM   #25
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Using new materials/techniques is big for me. If I wonder how someone made something I consider it to be more interesting than other costumes

I'm not going to claim I know/don't know anything about "good cosplay" or that any of my own stuff is "next level". I will say that I have a disproportionate amount of popularity at conventions due to being a male asian that is in decent shape.

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Unread 02-12-2013, 08:31 AM   #26
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Extreme attention to detail.
Good quality materials.
Good make-up, and good props.

You know, things of that nature.
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Unread 02-12-2013, 02:38 PM   #27
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I'm obsessed with sewing and have been known to rush right past amazing props and armor with lights to the person in a simple, but perfectly tailored and sewn outfit. I'm not even talking big, over the top dresses, just little things.

So for me, it'd be the fabric choices and the care taken in construction. How something is fit and pieced together and finished. And, of course, the eye to detail.
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Unread 02-12-2013, 09:42 PM   #28
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I always like it when people think of the reality of things, for example I love it when people who cosplay feferi from homstuck make their necklaces out of shells since she's from the sea, its my own personal taste but I'd rather see lifelike colored shells rather than bright neon beads
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Unread 02-14-2013, 10:38 AM   #29
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I always like it when people think of the reality of things, for example I love it when people who cosplay feferi from homstuck make their necklaces out of shells since she's from the sea, its my own personal taste but I'd rather see lifelike colored shells rather than bright neon beads
This. I've been known to forsake correct detail for realism's sake. Using slightly muted colors for characters who wouldn't have access to brighter dyes, making high heels less ankle-breaking for an active character. When researching for Judal, I stumbled across a cosplayer whose jewelry was sort of a burnished/brushed gold, with wide bangles instead of the usual thin bright gold ones. It caught my eye when the rest of them had faded from memory. I can't find the picture, but I plan on taking the same direction with my cosplay.

But that's my take.
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Unread 02-14-2013, 11:35 AM   #30
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Having a good wig is really important. It doesn't matter how great your costume is, if your wig looks like it came from Party City or Wal Mart, it's going to make the whole thing look mediocre.
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