About Dean Thorpe: My Cosplay and other costumes
As a kid most people get invited to fancy dress parties, sadly when they get older a lot of people do a strange thing called growing up and that means no longer doing things like that! Luckily for me I read up on that growing up stuff in advance and decided it was definitely not for me, so have avoided it completely! lol
I love dressing up and actually being part of it all, I really do. A lot of photographers go to events to take photos, but do it wearing very boring clothes, I on the other hand would much rather make an effort and feel like I am really part of the event.
I do find that at some events people seem more willing to pose for me than some of the photographers who have not made any effort for the event at all. Some say that the key to being a great event photographer is the ability to blend in at events, some do that by wearing plain black to not draw attention to themselves, but I would rather have some fun :)
My favourite costume from a party would have to be when I dressed up as Keith Flint from the Prodigy, based on his look from their Firestarter music video. I wore that for a friends birthday party, picked as I have always been a huge fan of the Prodigy for almost 30 years now.
I would love to get more into building much more advanced cosplay style costumes, maybe one day!
I do have some great cosplay ideas for 2019 if I can build the costumes, we will have to just wait and see.
The first event I wore fun things to was probably Brighton Pride. Over the many years I wore many different outfits including a Tiger, a Nurse, a little black dress that I made myself (yes it fell apart on the day! lol), a Soldier and a few others, but my favourite was probably Shrek! Shrek has always been one of my favourite animated characters, so I enjoyed making the costume to wear for the day. I really, really hate coffee!!! Why is that relevant? When making my own costume for Shrek I bought white clothes from a charity shop to cut to shape and change to the correct colour, my budget as always was extremely limited, so as I couldn’t afford proper dye I used . . . very strong, cheap, nasty coffee and let it soak for a few days in it, no matter how many times I washed it I still smelled like coffee! lol I looked far from perfect, but I much prefer making costumes to just going out and buying it all as a set.
I have stopped going to Brighton Pride as there are many other LGBT events that seem to have more of the original “Pride not Profit” ideology that Brighton used to have before becoming just another boring expensive festival. Hastings and Eastbourne Prides are much better in my opinion.
I went to a few geeky computer game conventions when I was younger, the first back in 1990, but people didn’t dress up for them. Now there are many great conventions for us geeks and nerds, names that are much cooler than they ever used to be.
My favourite cosplay event is Wyntercon, it’s not as big as some of the ones you get in places like London, although it is growing bigger and bigger each year. I missed the first year of Wyntercon, I had heard a few mention it, but didn’t know much about it, so didn’t go.
The second year I knew a lot more about it so created my own Steampunk style cosplay version of retired Auror Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody from the Harry Potter books and films.
The next year I was invited to go again as the organisers had enjoyed the photos I had taken, so I decided to try something a little harder and over the two days I cosplayed and crossplayed a couple. Day one I was Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad and the second day I dressed as the Dark Knight version of the Joker. The year after that I missed due to very bad health issues at the time.
2018 I returned to Wyntercon, this time as my own character inspired by Maleficent, which would have looked a lot better if my wings had not been left at home by accident :(
Steampunk is quite popular in the area I live in, we have a few great steampunk events every year and those are events I love dressing up for. Steampunk for those who do not know is a kind of mixture between Victorian fashion and steam powered advanced technology. Antique looking steam powered computers, steam powered spaceships and lots of other cool stuff like that. It’s great are there are virtually no rules when it comes to creating Steampunk costumes, you can go from classic, simple, but smart Victorian dress, right up to really over the top Steampunk style cyborgs with inspiration being taken from anywhere you want and then adapted to fit the style.