When Cosplay is too Sexual

Kill La Kill - Rage Kitten
Satsuki Kiryuin, Kill La Kill – Rage Kitten

“Cosplay is an abbreviation of ‘costume play’. It is a hobby whereby people dress up as fictional characters, especially those from manga, animation or computer games,” says Melinda Tankard Reist, writer and advocate for women and girls. Dressing up, whether it’s for a party or just to look nice when you go out, is a fundamentally human thing to do and I daresay countless anthropologists have devoted their PhDs to uncovering the deep spiritual need that binds all the earth’s people. While Melinda does explain what cosplay is, it is only the tip of the iceberg. At its core, cosplay is a combination of social fun and self-expression, literally wearing your fandoms for all the community to see. For some it is a form of escape and liberation, wearing something you would dare not wear in your daily life. But at a convention you can be the character you have always wanted to be.

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Women of Star Trek: Where are they now?

This year has brought us the latest Star Trek movie, Star Trek Beyond, and feeling a rush of inspiration we thought we’d take a look back at the women of the past series and see where they are now.

Some were really surprising, like finding out Kate Mulgrew (Captain Janeway) is now in Orange is the New Black, or hearing that Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) and Terry Farrell (Jadzia Dax) have teamed up together and are both in the upcoming series Renegades. We don’t want to spoil too much so check out our new infographic.

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Who Is Dr. Strange? The 2016 Movie Primer

So just who is Dr. Stephen Strange and what is he all about? What powers does he possess and what makes him so different to the other MCU superheroes we’ve seen on the big screen? We at Costume Collection hear you, and here’s an infographic to get you acquainted with this neurosurgeon-turned-sorcerer before the movie releases on November 4.

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Do You Know Your Lightsaber Colours?

We are literally on the brink of Star Wars Episode 7. While you’re waiting impatiently like the rest of us for release day, this might be a good time for you to brush up on your Star War trivia. Today, we’re going to look at lightsaber colours and their meanings.

Battle of Geonosis

If you’ve been following all the Star Wars movies, you would have noticed by now that there are many different lightsaber colours – especially evident in the Battle of Geonosis (Episode 2): Petranaki arena. The part where all the Jedi are trapped and have to fight their way out – lightsabers blazing.

That totally epic scene featured more than just the standard blue, green and red lightsabers. There is a myriad of lightsaber blade colours in the Star Wars galaxy, but do you know what the different colours mean?

If you do, you’re a hardcore SW fan – and we salute you! But if you don’t, here’s a useful graphic that explains what the main colours are and their affiliations.

Lightsaber colour guide meanings
Image © 2015 by Costume Collection

Oh and by the way, if you’ve missed our previous story about building a real life lightsaber – do check it out!

We are looking forward to hearing back from you after the screening of Episode 7, so don’t forget to drop by and let us know what you thought of the movie.

Until then, may the Force be with you…

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