25 Photos of Brilliant Cosplay Costumes

Cosplay is a recent phenomenon mostly seen at festivals and fan conventions such as ComicCon.

Cosplay (コスプレ kosupure), short for “costume play”, is a type of performance art in which participants don costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture centred on role play. A broader use of the term “cosplay” applies to any costumed role play in venues apart from the stage, regardless of the cultural context. Favorite sources include manga and anime, comic books, video games and films.

If you get the chance to go to one of these conventions, there are great opportunities to photograph some creative “Cosplay” costumes such as these 25 examples …

Anime Expo

Anime Expo by Anna Fischer

NYAF/NYCC

NYAF/NYCC by Anna Fischer

Anime Expo

Anime Expo by Anna Fischer

Anime Expo

Anime Expo by Anna Fischer

Cosplay-Zoku

Cosplay-Zoku by bass_nroll

Leopard beats

Leopard beats by colinlogan

AUSA

AUSA by Anna Fischer

Dragoncon

Dragoncon by Anna Fischer

Team USA 2009 Press Costumes

Team USA 2009 Press Costumes by Anna Fischer

Otakon

Otakon by Anna Fischer

orange-haired

orange-haired by jessleecuizon

cosplayer I

cosplayer I by i k o

cosplayers XI

cosplayers XI by i k o

Maid in Japan

Maid in Japan by Extra Medium

dragoncon

dragoncon by Anna Fischer

Cosplay Kid with Contacts, Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan

Cosplay Kid with Contacts, Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan by LeeLeFever

Katsu

Katsu by Anna Fischer

Jack Sparrow

Jack Sparrow by San Diego Shooter

Alice Park es Gogo

Alice Park es Gogo by Tetsumo

Maid in Japan

Maid in Japan by OiMax

Watch out Pacman!

Watch out Pacman! by San Diego Shooter

She’s a knockout

She’s a knockout by San Diego Shooter

Wolverine

Wolverine by San Diego Shooter

Anime Expo

Anime Expo by Anna Fischer

AUSA

AUSA by Anna Fischer

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