Proposal: Cosplay

Humans have made and worn costumes to mimick other people or professions or just to disguise for as long as our written history goes back. Would, for instance, makeup artists, film and stage props managers, clowns, LARPers, Carnival and Halloween enthusiasts be welcome on the proposed site?

PS: There had been a very similar proposal (#98176), which was called the same (but categorized as ) and also focused on otaku culture, about 6 weeks ago – and got deleted a week later. It was described as: “Proposed Q&A site for cosplayers, anime enthusiasts, costume crafters, cosplay photographers, online gamers, Japanese culture entusiasts”.


Yes, non-gaming, non-manga costumes are on topic.

All though most people bind cosplay to the otaku culture due to it's large presence there, it is not limited to such.

If that stuff is on topic, then why call it "Cosplay"? Why not something like "Costuming"? This would appeal to a wider audience and wouldn't make you so niche. With something broader, you could attract people who do period costuming for recreations, SCA members, people who go to Renaissance Faires and even people who are professionals in the theatrical and film industries. – Catija Jun 15 '16 at 19:51
@Catija. Cosplay is but an acronym for costumated play. And is well known throughout most of the costume crafting communities. It encompasses a lot more then just the 'anime' cosplays. All though it seems to be a common to mistake. Cosplay is but a term used to cover all forms of costumated plays, including larping, renaissance faires and such. And most struggle with the same problems. How to maintain their makeup, create light weight but sturdy armor, style hair or wigs, or create fake wounds. – Dimitri mx Jun 15 '16 at 20:53
The literal definition of cosplay from a dictionary does not include general costume design. The Wikipedia article about is strictly refers to "Cosplay, a contraction of the words costume roleplay, is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character." Given this, I hope that you can at least understand why I think this choice of site name is not inclusive and will be unlikely to attract people who aren't interested in dressing up like anime or comic book characters. – Catija Jun 15 '16 at 21:49

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