Cosplay, from the words costume play, is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific anime or comic character. The term cosplay was coined in Japan in 1984. However, the history of cosplay stems all the way back to 1st World Science Fiction Convention in New York City in 1939, where science fiction fans first started fan costuming.
At any anime convention or comic con show, you can be sure to see the best and most popular cosplayers in their self-created costumes representing their favorite fictional characters. It’s huge, it’s international and it’s a celebrated phenomenon!
As cosplay becomes more popular, you can also find very creative, talented, and increasingly famous cosplayers on Instagram, sharing their passion and art. Let’s meet the best cosplayers around the globe, including exclusive interviews with them.
Riki Lecotey (featured cosplayer)
Jennifer Van Damsel
Danielle DeNicola (featured cosplayer)