Have you ever watched a television show or movie and said to yourself, I love that outfit and wish I had one like it? Well Cosplayers all over the world take that idea to the next level and actually create the amazing attire of their favorite characters in everything from; comic books, video games, movies, anime , etc. I first heard about Cosplay at the 2011 Phoenix Comicon and have ever since been interested in not only photographing Cosplay Models but in learning more about it. Did you know that Cosplay has been around for over 50 years and made it’s first appearance in the United States at Worldcon which was the first World Science Fiction Convention held in 1939? Today Cosplay isn’t confined to the halls of convention centers in fact all over the world people are using Cosplay as a way to be charitable. Groups like the Arizona Avengers put their resources to use by fundraising, charity work and volunteering.
Saturday I had the opportunity to work with my first Arizona Cosplayer Electric Lady. She molded her latest costume which is inspired by Madam Red from the anime series Black Butler. She has been cosplaying now for seven years and does it because she says, it gives her a way to be creative and step into the shoes of someone else. She made the jacket and dress seen in the photos and altered the hat and gloves to fit the character. It is a very impressive costume and I look forward to working with her again in the future. In the meantime I hope you all enjoy the photographs of Madam Red!
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