When did you first get into Cosplay?
I cosplayed for the first time ever 2 years ago. Last year I decided I wanted cosplay to be a bigger part of my life; so I got more into cosplay. I am very new to the cosplay world but this year I have big plans!
How long does it take for you to put together a Cosplay look?
I am a perfectionist, so it takes me a pretty long time to be honest. As I said, I am new, I am learning. Each cosplay gets a bit easier; you learn where to find the items you need, what kind of wig works best for you etc. The thing is, during these two years I’ve been really busy with University. Fashion Design is really hard, and you are extremely busy all of the time. So that’s why it took me months to put together my cosplays. I am talking in a past tense because that’s about to change, now I’ll be able to focus on cosplay a lot more. Some really exciting changes are coming to my life. But I’ll talk about that in a few months.
Do you ever make any of the outfits yourself?
I’m starting to! Now that I know more about sewing, I am starting to make my own cosplays. But I’ll keep buying some outfits because some costume makers are amazing. I love having a piece of their art!
Right now I am finishing my Rey (Star Wars) cosplay. I made all the clothing items and painted the gun. I am currently working on her staff, which will also be made by me.
I am also designing my own Disney Fett armor. This is basically a crossover between a Disney character and Boba Fett from Star Wars. Amber Arden created this idea; I thought it was brilliant. My idea is to be the Evil Queen Fett!
What’s the most recent cosplay you’ve done?
It was a non-Disney one! Rei Hino (Sailor Mars) from Sailor Moon. I am a huge Sailor Moon fan. I made most of the outfit!
Your live-action Cinderella cosplay is so accurate, you look just like Ella. How did you go about putting the cosplay together?
To be honest this cosplay was scary at first, but I love the live-action Cinderella so I knew I had to cosplay her. The dress Lily James wore in the movie is a piece of art; so I wanted a really special dress. I had to find the perfect costume maker. I did some research and finally found David McCarthy! His dresses are stunning and I love the fact that he always adds his personal touch to them. If you look at my Cinderella dress you’ll see the details he added; flowers on the top, a cape and he also did some changes to the skirt. But finding the perfect dress wasn’t the hardest part! That was the wig! My natural hair is very dark so I was afraid of blonde wigs, especially a wig with a hairstyle that shows the hairline. Luckily I found Anastasia Phoenix. Her wigs fit perfectly and look great! Also, I was in a rush so she made the wig really fast! This cosplay is like a dream, better than a dream. So I knew my first cosplay photoshoot had to be the Cinderella one. Now I know that photoshoots take the cosplays to a whole new level!
How did you first hear about DisneyBounding?
I can’t remember if it was thanks to Pinterest or YouTube. I think I first found a few DisneyBound looks on Pinterest and then I did some research; that’s when I found the entire Disney online community. From that moment I also started to watch a lot of Disney YouTubers. A year ago, I told myself: “I want to be a part of that”, and that’s how my channel started.
How is DisneyBounding different to cosplay?
For most “DisneyBounders” this question may be obvious, but I’ve seen a lot of people who don’t really understand the difference. To DisneyBound is to wear an outfit inspired by a Disney character, using regular clothing, not costume pieces. You take the colours and sometimes the shapes of a character and translate that into an everyday outfit. Well, when you are at the parks, it’s okay to wear accessories like Princess tiaras, Minnie ears etc. (I do that all the time!)
Cosplay is a totally different thing. I like to think of cosplay as an extreme costume. Most of the time it’s not about just wearing the same outfit as a character, it’s about being a real life version of the character. That’s just how I see cosplay.
The problem I’ve seen is when people don’t know where the Disneybound – Cosplay limit is. Some DisneyBounds are really extreme and sometimes they look like costumes. For example if you were Disneybounding as Alice, it would be a bit extreme to wear an apron. I’ve seen this before and I find it a bit confusing. Of course we are all free to do what we want, but this is just my opinion.
Have you found that you’ve had to buy lots of extra items for DisneyBounding, or can you create the outfits from your current wardrobe?
Where do you purchase DisneyBounding accessories from, such as custom ears and hats?
I also want to mention the buttons from ParkBound. These are pretty cheap and look great! A perfect accessory for your DisneyBound!