A long long time ago, in a Galaxy quite near to home… An EPIC Cosplayer dreams up some glamorous Cosplay Recreations. Join us this week as we take a look at the stunning images of Sallozare.
How did you get your start in cosplay? How long have you been creating your projects? What inspires you to work in the cosplay realm?
I was involved into the world of cosplay due to my step sister 2nd October 2010. She invited me to cosplay convention called Oni-no-Yoru in Moscow and that was the day when I realized that Cosplay is the thing which I need in my life. I was always a dreamy girl, The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings were my very first fantasy books. From the age of 10 and till now it is for me like the Bible for Christians. And when I arrived to Oni-no-Yoru and I saw all these wonderful people in costumes with wings, millions of sparkles, Elven ears everywhere, demon horns – it was a complete panopticon. It was the most cool event for me on that moment, and I met a lot of new friends and one of them is still with me, its my best friend and best cosplay partner ever!
What do you do with your time outside of Cosplay? Any special skills or experiences?
My university specialization is document management and document management support and the second one is translation studies. Now I work as fulltime costume maker and seamstress but I am self-taught in this 🙂
What is your favorite type of cosplay work to do?
Sewing! Absolutely yes!
What are your favorite completed projects, or your most popular?
My most popular project is my Star Wars Twi’lek cosplay 🙂 These photos are literally everywhere on the Internet.
What material is your favorite to work with?
Artificial suede, Indian silk and dense cotton.
What are your favorite fandoms? Favorite characters?
The Lord of the Rings universe (Arwen <3), Star Wars universe (I love Shaak Ti so much!), Star Trek universe (Spock), Warhammer (Siters of the Battle and Repentia Sisters are just awesome and also Lelith Hesperax is my huge love!) and Raging Heroes characters (Ivanka and Rosario Vasquez are beatiful) are very cool and strong too.
What kind of games do you play? Videogames? Tabletop? Wargames?
I usually do not play PS or PC games but I really love to read all these stories in text. Also I really love boardgames like Masions of Maddness. Honestly, I am not a Warhammer player but a lot of my close friends are and they told me a lot about it and now I read very often some Warhammer stories and texts.
What conventions do you attend? Have you guested/spoken on panels/competed in contests?
I visit every summer Starcon in Russia, Saint Petersbourg and ComicCon Russia in Moscow. I visited a lot of conventions since 2010, but Starcon is my favourite. I was on ComicCon Paris and JapanExpo and also I was one of jury members on other french convention OtaqEst las summer 🙂 I speak french very well, so I am frequent guest in this country.
What projects are you working on in the future?
Sister of the Battle – one day! It is my dream. I hope that I will have an opportunity to realize this project next year or in 2020. One secret project for Raging Heroes next summer too 🙂 Now I am working on steampunk Wonder Woman costume.
What conventions are you attending this next season?
Comic Con Russia in october, Starcon Helloween 3-4 of November and than – I don’t know. Starcon in summer 2019 – definitely.
Who are your cosplay inspirations? Whose work do you admire or aspire to?
Maul cosplay, My Reality (both of them have the same names on the Instagram), Morgan Durfee (@nightingale_vixen), Creature of Habbits (@creaturehabbits), Fairytas (_fairytas) and some others. 🙂
What are your favorite movies/shows to watch or music to listen to while you craft?
The Lord of the Rings is just my favorite movie and Harry Potter is just my favorite movie for crafting and sewing but usually I watch TV series while I work. And what about music it is IAMX, Little Big (russian punk-rave band), The Hatters (street russian gypsy hardcore), Muse, Kaleo, Sevdaliza, Tricky.
What message do you have for people wanting to break into cosplay? What have you learned in your time working in Cosplay?
Just try to do your best! More practice – better result 🙂 Patience and perseverance – this is our motto.
What are your social media/website links? Where can we find you?
Links to photographers are here (the names of fandomes and photographers are on the name of each photo):
Haji @haji_steppe on Instagram
Nikolay Zharov @nikolay_photo
Marianna Insomnia @mariannainsomnia
Denis Mourine @raskoolish
Daria Kulikova @shproton
Timofey Khangin @tim_tim_foto
Kira Mitenkova @kmitenkova
full portfolio on my website 🙂
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