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Just ’Cos We Like To Play

It’s performance art for the fandoms. Cosplay—dressing up as fictional characters for events, for money, or just for fun—has arrived in India.

Just ’Cos We Like To Play Just ’Cos We Like To Play

Capes, tight vinyl costumes and animé hair: it’s a fully immersive plunge into a world of fantasy. For many practitioners, cosplay (from ‘costume play’) isn’t just play—it’s an art form in which, through research, effort and expenditure on painstakingly assembled outfits and accessories, they transform themselves into their chosen characters. Originating from costumed fans attending science fiction conventions in the US decades ago, cosplay has spread across genres and countries, and now has quite the community in India. So, who are our friendly neighbourhood cosplayers, and what are their dual lives like?

Navita Tanwar, 26, a graphic designer from Delhi, known as ‘Misa’ in her fun world of cosplayers, explains, “Costumes, props, wigs, sty­ling and makeup are the main components of cosplay. Basically, people cosplay to represent a specific character. That character can be from any category, like animé, games, movies or TV series—or even your own original character.”

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