I first truly came across Hildaglitz Cosplay at London Super Comic Con in 2016 when she competed in the cosplay contest as Fiona from Shrek. We were delighted when Hildaglitz was nominated as Cosplayer of the Week so we could showcase her incredible work and talent. I particularly love her Musical cosplay but oh man her Borderlands cosplay! You know what, just go and like her page and stalk her!
Location: Surrey, UK
What is your favourite food? It varies but at the moment, Sushi
I love the quality and the attention to detail you put into all your costumes, on average how long does it take you to make each costume and which has been the most complicated one for you?
I usually try and give myself a couple of months to get a costume done, unless it’s for a competition, then I try and give myself much longer. Occasionally I have whipped up a costume in a week but it usually ends up not being a very good costume, and the stress it caused me was definitely not worth it. The most complicated outfit I’ve done is probably Fiona (Borderlands) because of all of the custom patterning I had to do on the coat and the boots. Plus all the cell-shading which, while fun, was very time consuming.
You cosplay a lot from musicals, have you had any cute/funny interactions with kids who might recognise you from the musicals like Shrek or Wicked?
When I was Princess Fiona, I got a lot of little girls wanting photos with me because I was a princess, but nothing specifically relating to the fact I was from Shrek. The best story actually comes from my friend Asja who was the Elphaba to my Glinda; she was standing outside McDonalds and a little girl walked past her, did a complete double take, then walked away with an expression of utmost terror on her face, which considering Elphaba is the Wicked Witch of the West, was quite fitting. But a little distressing for poor Asja.
You competed in the LSCC Cosplay contest as Fiona from Shrek the Musical and you have also competed as Kate Monster from Avenue Q, what advice do you have to people who want to enter costumes based off of musicals in a competition?
Musical cosplays are a gift in competitions! Coming up with a skit can sometimes be tricky, but if you’re doing something from a musical, chances are you can perform the song that the character you’re cosplaying sings. For my Princess Fiona skit, I performed the song “Morning Person” (the song that Fiona sings to open the second act in the musical) which allowed me to show off my acting and dancing skills, as well as blow up a balloon bird and whip my skirt off, Bucks Fizz style. Musical skits have the capacity to be a showstopper and are also ridiculously fun to do. Musical costumes also tend to be more detailed than costumes from cartoons, which can give you an advantage in judging. Princess Fiona’s musical outfit is way more detailed than her film outfit, which is one of the reasons I picked it. There was a lot of beading and custom fabric which helped raise my technique score, and also push me to try techniques that I might have avoided otherwise.
I noticed that you also once shot at the Natural History Museum in London. What was it like shooting in a place like that? Did you get many comments from the public?
Shooting at the Natural History Museum was great! They have no problem with photography as long as you’re not using an extensive tripod or lighting set up, or are using the photos for commercial purposes. We did our Professor Layton shoot there, the security guards recognised our cosplays and got ridiculous excited when we offered some puzzles for them to solve.
What advice would you give to new cosplayers?
Try and learn something new with every cosplay you do. Whether that new thing is just a different type of stitch, or learning how to use Worbla or styling a wig – eventually you’ll build up an invaluable skill set and things that were difficult at first will be second nature. Six years ago I didn’t even know how to work a sewing machine! It takes time but if you’re committed to learning new things then nothing can stop you.