It’s cosplay o’ clock!
Disney revealed yesterday that they have added a cosplay (costume) contest to the line-up at the D23 Expo. One of the great things about this announcement was the contest’s official title: the ‘A La Mode Costume Contest’, named after dotty designer Edna Mode (above) from The Incredibles (who is herself apparently modelled after American Vogue editor Anna Wintour).
The contest aims to “showcase fans’ creativity through costumes inspired by all things Disney”. As well as (of course) cosplay from the films being eligible (including Marvel and Star Wars films) Disney are also encouraging costumes based on their networks (Disney Channel, ABC and ESPN), interactive content and, best of all, their parks! If we don’t see some Haunted Mansion costumes at the Expo now we are going to be dead disappointed!
It also seems that D23 have taken their cue from San Diego Comic Con with regards to strict entry criteria for the contest in order to guarantee the quality of entries. Cosplayers who want to get involved must complete an entry form (available at D23Expo.com) by 21st July and will then be selected by producers to compete. Time to get those sewing machines out! (Or give your Fairy Godmother a call.)
The A La Mode Costume Contest will take place on the first day of the Expo (Friday 9th August) where cosplayers will be battling it out for one of five specially designed trophies. Trophies will be awarded to the most magical costumes in the following categories: Original Design (or inspired by…), Re-creation, Craftsmanship, Young Fan, and Best in Show.
Of course, it remains to be seen whether anyone dares to turn up as Edna herself…
Meanwhile, for cosplay inspiration, check out some awesome costumes we’ve spotted on our travels!
Wonder(ful) costumes inspired by Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland at San Diego Comic Con 2010
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Mary Poppins and Bert at San Diego Comic Con 2012
Dazzling Belle and Cinderella costumes at Tokyo Disneyland during Halloween 2012
If you could cosplay as any character, who would you choose?