This was an insane challenge I did for myself to get my motivation back. With some help and great suggestions from followers, we came up with 28 great characters to cosplay using only stuff from my closet!
If you just want to see the looks I came up with, head over to my facebook page, Breezeeweezee Cosplay, for the full album.
I put up a post asking for suggestions and gathered them all 24 hours later. I got 28 ideas, and not a single duplicate! It was insane! So my first step was to organize and plan and go through things in my closet and think about what I can use. Below, you can see how I just scribbled down notes and went in later with a highlight to organize categories.
Yellow is the character name, pink is the wig color, and blue is for extra accessories I would have to prep or make out of paper. I listed all these extra props on a separate page and scribbled them out when I finished making them.
Sure, this may seem as a cheat, but there's such a fine line between closet cosplay and what an actual handmade cosplay is. I think every person can take the interpretation their own way. For me, I had the paper, I had the paint, and it was something I wouldn't wear out in public; that's how I defined my props. No money went into these projects, so I was only using resources I had on hand. Again, every person interprets this differently, this is just how I took on this project.
The History of My Closet Cosplay
If you've been following me for any length of time on Instagram, you know I'm no stranger to closet cosplay challenges. There was a trend going around early 2016 where you post the photo, your followers would suggest characters to cosplay, and you would choose one to make using only stuff from your cosplay. Being extra like I am, I decided to do every single suggestion. At the time, my following was much smaller so I only had a handful to do.
I did the challenge two times that year, and then started challenging other friends to closet cosplays. A few good Pokemon cosplays and a 13 Days of Halloween challenge later, I was hooked on group closet cosplay challenges. In 2017 I was in a #SOCSBAWUS group that did monthly challenges. It was really fun and inspired the challenge you see this year. I did 13 Days of Halloween again last year as well.
I have completed ~111 closet cosplays to date........
Zeveelia and I came up with a way to bring our challenges to everyone with #MonCloCosCha (MONthly CLOset COSplay CHAllenge)! We created a year's worth of monthly challenges with varying themes and bonus challenges. By opening it up to the public, we're creating an inclusive sense of community while really reinforcing that cosplay is for EVERYONE. No matter your skill level, no matter your size, you can cosplay! Remember that, friends!
I highly encourage you to join us! Here's the year's worth of challenges. Simply share your closet cosplay and use the hashtag so we can find you. If you post before the last day of the month, there's a chance I will feature you on my page!
I felt so motivated after this challenge and I have so many plans for upcoming cosplays. The challenge really boosted my creativity and I got to engage with my followers and create custom work for you, maybe even throw in a giggle. Some are really easy to make and some are hard. It comes down to my creativity and the resources I have available in my closet(s). LOL.
I wanted to timelapse the whole process for you guys so you can see how I managed to pull this off. I wasn't kidding guys, I did 28 closet cosplays in 6 hours - and then I condensed it to 10 minutes for you to watch!
This was such a fun challenge and I'm so proud of myself for doing it! Check out the full album on Facebook or the little sneak peak below! Thanks for reading!