I can still remember my first convention when I was 4 years old. It was a Star Trek Convention in Harrisburg, PA. But it was about 20 years old when I really started getting into the convention scene. My first cosplay that I made from scratch was a DALEK dress. It’s silver with black for all of the details.
Kind of like that guy. I made it for less than 15 bucks, which I thought was quite the bargain. Even now I still do, I would just like to fix the mistakes that were made out of ignorance.
However, when I was in 6th grade all of my friends wanted to be cheerleaders for Halloween. I was pretty bored with that, except Buffy Summers was a cheerleader and that’s what I was going to do. I went for Buffy from the movie, rarely done but it was pretty awesome. My dad put stakes inside of the pompoms that came with the costume and that’s really all I needed. It really should have been a sign of things to come.
For the first few cons I went to I did just go for the nerdy T-shirt because that’s really just my wardrobe. I also have dolls that I made of different scifi characters that I would carry around. It was pretty cool so I decided I just had to get in on cosplaying. Then once I was in it I just had to keep going. I find making the costumes up until the minute before I leave, or even on the car ride there to be so exciting. Will I get it done in time? Will it be recognizable? It’s all so much pressure, but in the best way.
I’m not much of an earrings girl. I just can never seem to keep two little pieces of jewelry together. I think they look awesome but the organizational skills that are required are missing from me. But here are some super awesome nerdtastic ones that inspire me to try again with earrings.
There’s something so almost overly modern about wearing instagram earrings.
I remember being about 4 years old and my dad took me to a Star Trek Convention. A few weeks ago I went to a Star Trek Convention and there was a girl there about the same age as I was then and her parents were taking her to her second convention that weekend. Little kids love to play dress up. I know I had a box full of clothes that I could pretend to be anyone in as did many of my friends. Dressing up as what you aren’t isn’t just fun for grown ups. Kids love it too.
My brother just got back from the World Championship for FIRST Robotics. If you’ve ever seen a robotics competition then you’ve seen some crazy costumes. There are at least 20 kids at any one time with a FEZ on, 5 girls with Dalek dresses, and hundreds of bow ties made out of duct tape, fabric, cardboard. One kid will say to the other “Bow ties are cool.” There, it’s almost a test, it’s more unusual for someone to get the reference than to not. People are dressed as robots. And everyone has an opinion on safety glasses styles. Even the pets get dressed up.
I love SteamPunk! I think it has an incredibly equalizing property that most cosplay doesn’t have. What I mean is that when I dress up as Batgirl, no matter how much I love Barbra Gordon and how much I know about her, it never feels like it’s enough when I go to shows. Someone will inevitably start talking to me about her and there will come a time in the conversation where I start smiling and nodding. And I know a lot about her. It just never feels like enough. When I wear my Dalek dress, I will run into another Whovian who will put my knowledge to shame. It’s not that I’m not obsessive. Ask my friends, I am a constant fountain of weird nerdy babble, I make nerdy clothes that I can wear to the office, but I’m obsessive all over the place.
Nathan Fillion as Rick Castle learning about SteamPunk in Season 3 episode Punked
This is where SteamPunk is wonderful. SteamPunk looks cool and it doesn’t have a huge backstory I need to know to wear the clothes. I understand the concept, steam powered engines, we never split the atom, futuristic Victorian style. All of these things are awesome. Also, I have yet to mean a NerdGirl who doesn’t like any excuse to wear a corset.