My take on bought vs made costumes
I would like to start off by saying: Cosplay is stupid and we’re all stupid and we want to dress up like fictional characters so none of this really matters in the long run. We all want to be a part of this big dumb community and whatnot so, whatever.
That being said
Who Fucking Cares. Wear what you want. Just don’t be an asshole.
My personal opinion:
I don’t buy any of my cosplay stuff from Taobao or Aliexpress or Miccostumes or anything mainly because like, I know that shit’s mass produced and often questionable quality.
if I’m going to buy anything cosplay-wise its going to be from another cosplayer who I know has experience in the field, and who I know has done a great job with their work.
My bodysuit from Captain Marvel? This bodysuit that went fucking viral after Katsucon:
I commissioned that from Too many Heroes because I saw their work up close on someone else’s spiderman suit and I was really impressed by it.
The Medusa cosplay I’m currently upgrading? I bought it from a cosplayer who didn’t want it anymore.
The Cynthia cosplay i’m waiting for in the mail? I found that through a cosplay for sale group on Facebook.
So like, go ahead and buy costumes. Professional level cosplayers still buy some costume pieces. Some profesional level cosplayers buy whole costumes. A lot of the people who have popular cosplay Patreons do nothing but buy their costumes. Buy them from wherever you want I don’t give a fuck. But if you know you can get something from a good crafter and not an overpriced chinese mass selling website or a company like Miccostumes, then by all means please support other cosplayers.