For our newer readers and anyone just starting out in the potentially daunting world of cosplay, we think that this lovely lady will ease your worries. She’s only seriously been doing cosplay for the last year and a half and the incredible progress that she’s made is clear for all to see. I’m talking about Ardella, a young Aussie who enjoys the escapism and relaxing qualities that dressing up provides. With a growing fan base and enthusiasm that’s really quite contagious I thought it was about time that you all had the opportunity to enjoy her work.
Will we see her name added to the elite cosplayer list alongside Yaya Han and Jessica Nigri? Not according to Ardella, but we’ll save that for a little bit later. First I want to show you exactly what all the fuss is about with a showcase of her cosplay costumes.
Ardella Cosplay Costumes
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Now that we’ve introduced you to Ardella’s cosplay work we can now dive in with 15 questions that’ll allow you inside her head and understand her stance on all things cosplay.
1. What made you get into cosplay?
I always loved dressing up as a kid, and I guess I never really grew out of it! It’s such a fantastic way to proudly share the things you love and to meet like minded people. When you’re dressed up, it breaks down that barrier that usually exists when meeting new people. They feel free to come up to you and chat, to share their love for the character. It surpasses awkwardness and lets you jump straight into geeky conversation!
2. How old were you when you started cosplaying?
I first started seriously cosplaying about a year and a half ago, so 18.
3. What was your first costume?
Technically, I guess my first cosplay costume was Misato from Evangelion. It was a rush job the night before my first convention (I was 15) and my poor step-mum got roped into teaching me how to sew because I desperately wanted to cosplay! The first costume I seriously worked on was a book version of Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz.
4. Do you make your own costumes?
I do! Some elements in some costumes are bought (boots and gloves, for example) but as I continue to practice and get better at sewing, the number of elements I create myself continues to grow. I’m still learning, and I intend to go back and create some earlier cosplay pieces again from scratch with my new found skills.
5. Where do your source your materials or the pieces for your costumes?
Most of my material comes from a little local fabric shop. It’s a mess of random bolts of fabric, not really a professional looking store, but there are really some gems to be found there! Especially if, like me, you’re looking for spandex and PVC – things the more mainstream stores here in Australia don’t really carry.
6. How long does the average costume take to make or put together?
That really depends on the complexity of the costume. My most recent, Ms Marvel, was thrown together in it’s entirety in 4 hours the night before I wore it. The biggest project I’ve tackled was Giselle’s wedding dress from Enchanted. It took me a good 6 months to sew, on and off. I’ve recently torn it all apart to make it again! I really want to do it justice and it’s one of those things I feel I could do much better now, even only a year after I first finished it.
7. Do you design and make original costumes or do you create replicas of costumes worn by characters?
I create replicas of costumes worn by characters – but often I take some creative liberties. I think it’s important that I feel comfortable and fantastic in a costume because that will really come through in the way I wear it, and sometimes that means changing a few small details. Some things are also simply impossible/impractical to do in real life!
8. What would be your super power if you could only have one?
Oh dear, only one?! I’m going to have to go with Telekinesis. It would freak people out! That, and I’m lazy.
9. Do you attend cosplay conventions or events? If yes how many do you attend in an average year?
I do! I attend all the conventions in my state, and sometimes some out of state ones. In state there’s only 4 or 5 a year though, so it’s not very many compared to countries like America.
10. Who’s your favourite cosplayer? (It could be a friend or a famous personality in the cosplay scene)
Ryoko Demon springs immediately to mind. The quality of her work is astounding – not to mention a lot of the characters she portrays are personal favourites of mine.
11. Who’s your favourite character to cosplay?
That really depends on what mood I’m in! What I actually love is switching quickly between different characters. For one convention I was Giselle the first day and Poison Ivy the next. Changing it up between sweet, naiive princess and sultry, seductive villainess from one day to the next was really fun. It lets me show different sides of my own personality as well as portraying different characters.
12. Favourite TV show, movie and band?
Oooh, these are hard ones. I don’t watch a lot of TV, though I’m a sucker for Buffy, Firefly and Supernatural. My favourite movie is the Blues Brothers. As for my favourite band… I don’t listen to anyone who’s around these days! I’m a fan of the classic hits. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Cure, The Ramones… even branching into the cheesier bands like AQUA, and I’m not ashamed to admit that!
13. Do you cosplay for a living? If not, would you do it if the opportunity was offered to you?
I don’t cosplay for a living, and I don’t really think I ever would! I would hate for cosplaying to become a chore. It’s my escape from day to day life. I work full time and when I get some time to myself, I find it so relaxing just to sit down and work on a cosplay for myself.
14. What’s going to be your next cosplay costume?
Jessica Rabbit! I’m pretty excited for it, actually.
15. If you could cosplay as anyone and money was no issue who would it be?
I would love to create a varia suit with working lights and jetpack!
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