Cosplay, or fancy dress as it was called in my day.

When I was in Primary School there’d be a fancydress day once a year which initially started off as characters from books, though I am not sure if that was school or my parents who were responsible for the book theme. I suspect the latter because they wouldn’t let me go dressed as a ghostbuster, although several of my classmates did.

So one year I went as a Warlock, a day I remember quite well because I’d eaten something dodgy the night before and threw up all over the girl I was sitting next too. I wonder if she still remembers me and that incident.

Later years I indulged in what we now call cosplay, I tended to go as characters from Doctor Who, if memory serves it was like this.

1. The fourth Doctor (Tom Baker), which was a curly wig, long scarf (though not multiple coloured, it was like Rupert Bear’s trousers) and a baggy coat.

2. The Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton)- Beatles wig, my mum’s frock coat and my recorder.

3. An Auton- Terror of the Autons style. Can’t remember what I did there expect for a straw hat. For those of you in the know, I was trying to go for the Carnival mask appearance from part three when they are handing out the deadly plastic daffodils. For those of you not in the know, I bet you are thinking “ok….. Deadly plastic daffodils…… I think I am going to stand over there….”

4. A Cyberman. More specifically a Telosian Cyberman as seen in “The Moonbase” and “The Tomb of the Cybermen”. This one I put quite a bit of effort into making. I bought a silvery looking tracksuit and sewed rubber pipes up the arms. Made a chest unit out of polystyrene and painted it silver. I even made some flashing lights to go in it. They worked for about 5 mins. My dad made a papermache mould of my head and used a four pint milk bottle to create the helmet. The mask was simply made of cardboard and like the helmet sprayed silver. I had a pair of grey ski gloves to be my cyberhands. It was a success, only everyone thought I was the Tinman. And my chest unit kept falling apart. I also had to take it off in order to sit down. Oh, and it was about 23 degrees Celsius.

Seems that Cosplay is a growing trend these days, there appears to be a regular feature in DWM starting up. I have to confess that I don’t really indulge these days. I have done for Halloween and NYE parties at work. Costumes there included Jack the Ripper, Sweeney Todd, Sherlock Holmes and Count Orlock from Nosferatu.

Daily Prompt: Costume


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