One can say that the cosplay scene in Singapore is perhaps the fastest growing one in the region. Just by walking around the various halls at the Marina Bay Sands this year for STGCC 2014, it will be hard to disagree.
Cosplay has become a mainstay for popular culture events in Singapore and STGCC 2014 is no different with cosplayers spicing up the event venue in their finely detailed costumes and props.
Being a East meets West popular culture event, STGCC 2014 sees cosplayers from both the eastern and western popular culture genre with the likes of Captain America, Spider-Man representing the Western side to that of Gintama, Sword Art Online and Pokemon representing the Eastern side.
STGCC also saw two cosplay guest flown in to add that extra glam for the event. No strangers to the international cosplay scene, cosplay fans not only saw both Lenneth XXII and Aligia in action on the cosplay runway but also got a chance to meet them during their respective walk of fame session. I also got a chance to speak to both of them and are impressed but not only their determination and hard work but their friendly and humble character.
A Singaporean who has since moved over to the United States, Lenneth XVII shared with me how she feels strongly about finding the right location for a cosplay photoshoot. Using her recent cosplay of Zero from Drakengard 3 as an example, both she and her photographer did research on places which would fit the theme of her cosplay and drove for hours to the location. No green backgrounds or photoshopping for her with regards to locations she emphasised. Although she is perfectly fine with using photoshop to do minor touchups.
Aligia is a name that is well known in the region, having been invited to many events as both a guest cosplayer and as a judge for cosplay competitions. Yet the kawaii cosplayer was all smiles and super friendly when I spoke to her during the interview. Sharing about how cosplaying over the years has helped her self-confidence and gave her the movitvation to pick up new skills that she never had, it was a fun & warm-hearted session with Aliga. She also shared how cosplay also deepend her bond with her mother who is involved with her costume making and hopes to one day pick up prop making as she always admires cosplayers who can create beautiful and detailed props for their cosplay.
I always admire the time and hard work that goes into each cosplay especially when my social media space is packed with lots of “work in progress” pictures days or even weeks and months before the event.
This feature is my team’s way of saying thank you for all the hard work put into your costumes and props, and coming down to STGCC 2014 to add that special touch to the event.
We are thankful for allowing us to capture all this into digital media so do feel free to tag yourselves in our Facebook Photo Gallery!
Photos by Ken Koh & Alex Tan.
By Kenneth Wong
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