Personally, I love hearing how people got into cosplay and seeing their progressions. It’s beautiful to see how people around the world use their creativity. You never know when you’ll be inspired by someone you see online. I’m happy to introduce a cosplayer from the Czech Republic, Ayaku.
Please tell our readers a little bit about yourself.
Hi, my name is Andrea Kuncová and am from the Czech Republic. I have one sister (a twin who also makes cosplays). I’m 27 years old, even though I don’t look like it. I am a graduate dental hygienist. Usually, I’m a quiet and inconspicuous person, but thanks to cosplay that changes sometimes. In cosplay, I mostly focus on kind and cute characters and prefer sewing and detailed things compared to making armors and props.
How would you define cosplay? What are your principles of cosplay?
In my opinion, cosplay is mainly a hobby. It’s a combination of fun and creative work. In my case, it is also a way of self-realization.
A well-chosen cosplay is something anybody can do. Not everyone can do everything (it’s not a shame to ask for help in production). Cosplay is mainly for happiness and fun.
What made you start cosplaying? How long have you been cosplaying?
I was inspired by my twin sister and have been cosplaying for 10 years so far.
How do you store your costumes?
I have most of them folded in boxes in the attic and some (usually dresses) I have on hangers in the closet in my bedroom.
Are there any cleaning tricks you would like to share?
Probably nothing special. I wash my fabric-based cosplays gently in my hand or in the washing machine and then store it. To keep a nice scent to them I put a solid soap in the storage boxes too.
What was the most difficult cosplay you’ve done? What made it difficult?
The most difficult one for me was Rapunzel (Hannah Alexander version). It was the first time I worked with such a long wig. I dyed the fabric (top), made the embroidery (sleeves) and sewed the lace and glued a lot of stones. I made everything on this one by myself (including the braid, wreath and dress).