How does one make a common cosplay look unique

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#1 BritAurora on 10 months ago

Hi there!

I'm doing a star gaurdian Ahri cosplay soon...now this has been in the works for months, the problem is I ran into a hard finincial situation in between those months so my plans sort of went on hiatus until fairly recently. I came back to planning and realized there are a lot of star gaurdian Ahri cosplays out there (they're all very beautiful) I do feel a little overwhelmed now that iv hopped back into planning and I wanted to do something nice and maybe a little bit unique. I figured maybe some bright purple contacts, or a really intricate tail design, or maybe some lights would make me stand out a bit more...does anyone have any suggestions? How common are SG Ahri cosplays?

Edit: I'm considering cosplaying sg soraka instead...does anyone know if people cosplay her a lot?

#2 lunaflora on 10 months ago

Use different/unconventional fabric types ( velvet, satin, leather, plainweave, etc etc). Or use different colors, embellishements can really change the look of something (feathers vs sequins vs glitter vs leather trim. different fabric types apply here too). The color of the lights you choose. There's a bunch of little choices you make that add up to something very unique.

#3 TMLiza on 10 months ago

I don't play League but I know exactly which outfit you are referring to so it's done pretty often. I agree with lunaflora on ways to make it unique. Also, perhaps multiple props/accessories? For me, when I cosplay Gudako(a somewhat popular character for the Fate fandom) I have a crapton of props I use for her.

#4 Scunosi on 10 months ago

I don't think SG Ahri is the most overdone League cosplay; last time I saw a bunch SG Jinx was the most common, but Ahri in general is of course pretty common as far as League cosplays go.

Really the key to standing out in a common or popular cosplay is paying a lot more attention to the details. It's why I'll just flat-out ignore all those guys in flat Deadpool zentai suits but a "real" suit with leather and actual sewn details will still get my attention. So you're on the right track with contacts and lights. Make your skirt extra flouncy, your trims extra crisp. And I agree that a prop will add a big wow factor, too, and it helps in that not only is a prop eye-catching on its own but you can also use it for additional poses or skits.

Oh, and as far as League cosplay goes I'd say Soraka's done way less than Ahri, at least in my non-League-playing-but-con-attending experience. I actually got confused for Soraka once as Lunara, which I guess I can see since I wasn't doing a full centaur body. If you don't want to have to "push" as hard to standout as Ahri Soraka may be a good alternative.

#5 Syon on 10 months ago

All of those Star Guardian cosplays are not exactly "rarely" done, especially since you can buy all of them from chinese costume shops, which a lot of people do. The best way is to really try for high quality and add details, if any part is lacking them, to make it more "realistic"/artbookish and less cartoonish. You will at least be a contrast to the store-brought SG costumes.

#6 Lost Cause on 10 months ago

[QUOTE=Syon;5064520]All of those Star Guardian cosplays are not exactly "rarely" done, especially since you can buy all of them from chinese costume shops, which a lot of people do. The best way is to really try for high quality and add details, if any part is lacking them, to make it more "realistic"/artbookish and less cartoonish. You will at least be a contrast to the store-brought SG costumes.[/QUOTE]

Well that's me doomed then.