Cosplay Dance Parties and VK Kids

July 18, 2012 | Posted by rissvandal

I was considering going to Otakon–a big cosplay and anime convention in Baltimore, Maryland–but plans ended up changing and I’ll be sticking around my town. But instead of getting bummed about missing out on maid cafes and cross-dressing panels, my friends and I are having a cosplay dance party the day of. And really, so long as I have a reason to fashion some sort of grand outfit for the occasion, I’m pretty psyched about the alternative.

As I decide exactly what kind of outfit I’m going to put together, I’m looking to visual kei and j-rock kids for inspiration. For people who don’t know what visual kei is, I’d just say it’s like you put punk rock and goth in a blender, throw in a bit of deconstruction and chaos, and add just a touch of androgyny.

My plan is to construct some sort of chain and skull adorned face mask, sport my new wig (haven’t shown ya’ll yet), thrown on a pair of my Nox Hyde animal ears, and see what else I can whip up in the next week or so. And as always, I’ll show you what I come up with.

In the meantime, check out these wonderfully intense looks. The first one comes from the cosplayer Attyca, and the second is an outfit from designer, Ichigo Black.

Any visual kei fans out there? If so, who are some of your favorite designers?

Photo Credits: Refuse to Be Usual; altdzine; nox hyde; Attyca; Ichigo Black

2 Responses to Cosplay Dance Parties and VK Kids

  1. Leyla says:

    Hi ! 🙂

    I love this mask above omg!! So creative and artistic and the colours fits so well together! I found this mask on google image i thought they sell such masks in stores, but there is no such stores 🙁 And I have no idea how to make exactly same mask 🙁 It seems hard to breathe through it? I would like to have one with hole (for breathing, which is not visible to others) but I have no idea how to make one similar because I’m not creative at all 🙁

    • rissvandal says:

      That mask comes from Refuse to Be Usual. I’m not sure is the same one is still available, but it’s likely they may still have something similar. And those type of masks are not at all difficult to breathe through; however, they can get quite uncomfortable and hot in warmer weather.

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