Today we're featuring the sweet Koumori who's a US based cosplayer that loves to sew, and make cute and spooky costumes! Read her full interview below!
How did you come up with your cosplay name?
Koumori No Hime was the name of a joint deviantArt account I shared with a friend. It was mostly fanart and plushies, but I started uploading more cosplay content and the name just stuck.
How and when did you get into cosplay?
I got into cosplay in college when some friends asked me to be part of their masquerade skit. The party scene never really appealed to me, so cosplay was a creatively fulfilling way to make friends.
What do you do when you're not in cosplay or geeking out?
Pretty much all of my free time goes into cosplay, haha. When I’m not working on my own costumes I’m usually writing and filming YouTube cosplay tutorial videos. My other hobby would be playing video games, right now I’m filling out my Pokedex in Pokemon Moon!
How do you choose your next cosplay?
This is a pretty long-winded answer, but it depends on the project. If it’s just a personal project I choose costumes based on my favorite series and whether or not the materials are easily accessible. For convention costumes I choose a costume based on the venue, the type of event, and the weather. If I am entering a contest I choose a costume based on the cost of materials and what techniques will be needed to create it.
Who is your cosplay idol/inspiration?
There are so many amazing cosplayers out there I couldn’t possibly name just one!
What cosplay(s) are you working on right now?
I just finished Princess Neptune from Sailor Moon and my next costume will be Senbonzakura Hatsune Miku!
What is your dream cosplay?
My two dream cosplays are Beatrice’s ballgown from Umineko and Seras Victoria from Hellsing Ultimate! Both are very different types of costumes, but I hope to increase my skills enough to make them.
What is a random fun fact about you as a cosplayer or one of your cosplays?
Even though they were made two years apart, my Rumi Wakui and Halloween Sakura costumes are both made from the same fabric! I stashed away all the left over orange satin from Sakura since that color was discontinued. Two years later I squeezed out the bodice, hat, and overskirt for Rumi using the remaining scraps.
Do you have any cosplay or convention pet peeves?
Hmm, I’m have to say my convention pet peeve would be cosplayers that get ready at the convention and don’t clean up after themselves. It should be common courtesy to share sink space and clean up spilled makeup but it tends to be forgotten.
Do you have any horror stories or mistakes you've made that others can learn from?
It’s something I’m still working on, but it’s okay to drop a costume. Sometimes it’s better to set a costume aside and finish it later instead of crunching before a con and not being happy with the hurried craftsmanship.
Do you have anything else you want to say, or add to this interview?
Cosplay is a lot of fun! Some of my best friends I met through cosplay and it means so much to me. If you are curious about it, definitely give cosplaying a try!
Where can we find you on all things social?
Photos provided by Webyugioh, and Clouds Photography
I loved her story. Thanks for sharing, Koumori! Make sure you go follow her on all things social!
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