Kira the Usagii Cosplay is a true Scandinavian gem. A master of wig work and sewing, Kira has an excellent variety of work.
Favourite food: chicken
Who or what first inspired you to start cosplaying?
It was a local con that got me interested! I saw all the cool cosplays and decided that I wanted to try it out as well.
What was your first cosplay? How does it compare to your more recent ones?
My first one was Elsa! I have learned so much more since that cosplay. I have learned how to make proper patterns, proper bodices, use boning properly and so on. That Elsa cosplay looks so rushed compared to my most recent ones! I literally just poured glitter over it in hope of saving the cosplay.
What would you say is your most complex costume to date?
Easily my newest one, Christine Daae. Since I made her historically accurate with all the right underwear, shapes and no fabrics with synthetic fibers in them, I had to take a lot into consideration while also making it look like the West End version of the dress! There’s only minor details that I failed on the “no synthetic fibers” rule, but even the hidden pocket got embroidery and even the underpants and drawers have lace on them – and I made the prints on the costume myself as well as doing all of the embroidery by hand!
Do you have a dream cosplay you’d like to work towards? Could you use anything you learned while making Christine to help you?
Christine was my dream cosplay, so now I need to think of a new one! But Caterina from Trinity Blood is another cosplay that I would love to do in the future She has even crazier details than Christine so something I think I can bring along from working on Christine to Caterina would probably be the research to find fabrics, the patience and how to make the details and get the shape that I want. It took me a lot of thinking to figure out how to make the perfect shape for Christine since I needed to do most of my patterns myself, and I think that’s something I will bring into future cosplays that I do as well.