March 1, 2016 by DeLa Doll
I think closet cosplay is hella fucking neato. Seriously. You think you don’t have a costume in there, but you fucking do. I swear you do. If you don’t believe me, I will come into your home and show you that you do. I will make closet cosplays for your entire family using a dish towel, a welcome mat, and Sunday’s leftovers, and then force everyone to watch Montage of Heck with me (It’s ok. I force everyone to watch it with me. I am 100% unabashed Nirvana trash 4 lyfe).
But I’m getting off topic. In case you have no clue what the hell I’m saying and assume that I mean you should actually dress up as a fucking closet (why would anyone wanna do that?), lemme back up a bit and explain. Closet cosplay consists of using shit you have on hand, such as shit that’s already in your closet, to create a cosplay. There’s no intense technical skill or wallet abuse required: just you getting creative with stuff you have laying around! You can use it as a cosplay skill building exercise. You can use it as a backup plan when you realize you’ve overshot your cosplay skills two days before your first con and the thing you’ve been working on is falling apart and looks like an eldritch horror. You can use it to procrastinate and avoid life’s responsibilities, forgetting, if only for a moment, about how everything is crashing down around you. Just fucking do it. It’s so fun. You’ll likely be amazed (or at least amused) with your results, no matter what your reason is.
As for my reason for constructing a closet cosplay, I semi-needed (mostly wanted, but it couldn’t have hurt and almost certainly helped) to wear cosplay for a video project that I had to make for class. Being the overachiever that I can sometimes be, I decided that, instead of wearing one of my completed cosplays, I’d try to create an entirely new cosplay within an hour. I had a lot of brown fabric and belts and such on hand, which eventually led me to settle on cosplaying a female version of Game of Thrones’ hot horse lord, Khal Drogo. I probably would have cosplayed Dany, aka the Khaleesi herself, but I can’t currently get any of my platinum blonde wigs over my new ‘do, and the hair is essential to her character (judging by how often George RR Martin feels the need to describe it in the books, anyway. I get it. Her hair is practically silver. No need to remind me several times a chapter, man).So, having decided on a character, I dumped my potential closet cosplay material onto my bed.
Then…I went HAM on that motherfucker (this means that I worked at creating something quite intensely). I wish I had more pics of my process,but I was honestly just tying shit every which way and until I liked what I saw. After that, I did the makeup, minus the eyebrow cut thingy since it wasn’t for a con, so I didn’t care all that much about that oh-so-sacred ~*accuracy*~. Anyway…
This is the result, taken in my bathroom with my trusty selfie stick. I gave femmeDrogo pigtails because I feel like that’d be a thing…but actually because it’s just really fucking hard to get my twists into a single scrunchie.
I totally suggest a Dothraki cosplay for beginners, bored people, or anyone pressed for time. It’s a super easy cosplay that requires no sewing or major experience, like most closet cosplays. It also came out pretty fucking good in under an hour and is literally just used some scraps and belts! Even if you don’t wanna transform into a sexy, horse worshipping warrior person, I still highly recommend delving into the realm of closet cosplay simply because it’s such a fun activity for both veteran and newbie cosplayers. It forces you to get creative, and creativity is the shit.