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Caitlyn Jenner Halloween Costume Pulled by Company That Defended It

“The controversial Caitlyn Jenner costume has been pulled by at least one company in wake of substantial backlash from consumers.

Spirit Halloween removed the recreation of Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover photo after marketing director Lisa Barr released a statement defending the costume many believe to be transphobic.

“At Spirit Halloween, we create a wide range of costumes that are often based on celebrities, public figures, heroes and superheroes,” Barr said. “Caitlyn Jenner is all of the above and our Caitlyn-inspired costume reflects just that.”

LGBT and trans groups condemned the costume, however, with the National Center for Transgender Equality saying, “There’s no tasteful way to ‘celebrate’ Caitlyn Jenner or respect transgender people this way on the one night of the year when people use their most twisted imaginations to pretend to be villains and monsters.”

Other online retailers like Anytime Costumes and Wholesale Halloween Costumes are still selling the costume, however.” 

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anonymous asked:

First of all, I think you ladies are wonderful. Your blog is an amazing source of inspiration, and your costumes are incredible. I have recently become interested in cosplay and, as a complete noob with no experience in sewing / prop-making, I'm having trouble finding a character design that I both really like and feel able to tackle... Did this ever happen to you when you were starting out? Should I settle for something a bit easier or stick to a design that really motivates me? HALP PLS :/

 Thank you very much for your kind words, annnnd we’re always happy to help! :) Incoming long chatter, as typical from Jenn.

Storytime: when we started in cosplay, there were almost no resources available to new cosplayers. I think most of us were lucky if we had a parent who sewed or a home ec. class at their high school. Information was hard-won and difficult to come by then. Forget finding tutorials; Katie Bair did a few for wigs, there was one for fiberglassing insulation foam (oh my god who does this even more?!) and there were a few random ones cobbled together from non-cosplay sewing sites. It was impossible. Lots of people treated what skills they had as “trade secrets”; I remember calling out a Tenten (Naruto) cosplayer for being rude to people who asked her how to do things and getting totally reamed bc she “worked hard to learn how to do it and wasn’t going to tell people for free” – yikes!

Back then, even finding reference pictures could be an unholy pain in the rear. On top of that, costume designs tended to be a lot simpler, virtue of weaker graphics, lower-budget animation, etc. I think there was a hell of a lot less pressure to be accurate/quality/whatever because a) odds are you weren’t working from great reference anyway and b) odds are everyone was in the same boat as you skill-wise.

While I’m sure there are still people that do this, back then people would openly talk about hot-gluing or stapling the seams of their costumes instead of sewing because it was “faster.” The best Songstress Yuna costume of the time (oh god) had the ruffles on the front of her costume done by squishing the fabric into ruffle shapes with hot glue, and it looked amazing by our standards!! That’s how low the bar was. Back then, having no experience was par for the course, so people took on costumes far out of their league because not many people cared about technique, accuracy, skill, etc. I mean, if you met people who could, it was SUPER impressive, but for the most part it was just about silly fun.

So quite frankly, a lot of the costumes I took on as a newcomer were costumes that were far out of my league at the time, and they look terrible by today’s standards, but challenging myself at least provided me with the impetus to learn really fast. I don’t know how it would be today – I don’t feel I take risks like I did back then as it is! And that’s also because my view on cosplay has changed: I don’t really do it for “fun” anymore, to be honest, I do it because I enjoy the process of making costumes, challenging myself to create things to a certain level, and so on. Back then, I could take on a costume ludicrously above my skill level because I cared more about being the character than how good it looked in the end, but now I find myself turning down complicated characters I truly love just because I enjoy cosplay a LOT more when I feel satisfied with my work. Working on projects I am super passionate about is important to me, but they also have to both challenge me and remain within the realm of possible to work.  

Honestly, I think I had a lot more fun when I didn’t care so much about quality… but I think I care more about a rewarding experience than having fun now, and that’s what I’ve been getting lately.

In some ways, I feel the fun vs. reward aspect of cosplay is what has led to the extreme boom of pre-made wholesale-variety costumes… now you can cosplay with minimal work and thus cut out the stress of skill levels and quality and experience because you’re guaranteed a baseline level of quality for virtually no effort. It also means that in a time where cosplay is more competitive than ever, those deciding to start from the bottom with no skills making their own things have a dilemma that cosplayers with my seniority never really had to worry about. There’s a whole class of cosplayers who have skipped the awkward baby years of awkward hot-glued costumes and jumped right into “decent” level with store-bought costumes, leaving your home-made stuff pretty exposed to critique that people don’t often bother with for store-bought costumes.

So you know what? I think it takes a lot of moxie to be a beginner cosplayer these days, making everything yourself, and I admire those people a lot. I think the culture is a little toxic these days, and being a beginner in that is a world of pressure. But you guys have a million more resources than we did when we started, since a lot of my “generation” of cosplayers have laid down a culture of writing tutorials, posting how-tos, collecting reference, etc. Because of that, I think you guys will improve and learn at a much faster rate than we did! But I hope you guys don’t miss out on having “fun” in cosplay, either; I don’t want the pressure to have quality costumes to weigh on new cosplayers and discourage them.

And realistically, you’re not going to be in this hobby forever. You should do whatever motivates you no matter what your skill level is. You’ll have to accept that your work is likely going to look very, very different in self-reflection ten years down the line, but who cares? Skills take decades to fully develop, and if you refuse to do something you love just because you have some high expectations of doing the project “justice”, odds are deciding to wait until you’re skilled enough just ends up meaning “never doing it.”

If for some reason you’re like “yeah, but I’m a perfectionist and I absolutely need to have this perfect NOW otherwise it’s not good enough” then I’m sorry to say, you’re already fucked in the short and long runs. You’re only going to burn out if you resign yourself to things you don’t care or you fixate on quality so much that nothing you do care about ever satisfies you. This is the burden of every art form out there. Every artist I’ve ever known is dissatisfied with their past work. Be proud of what you accomplish in the moment and then keep going!!

You gotta have fun with it. You really do. Don’t take your work too seriously, keep your aspirations high and just do whatever is fun to you. You can decide how much you care about quality later, and if quality motivates you, well, you’ll find a way to accomplish what you want. Due diligence with research and time and practice makes anything “easy!”

I wish you many insanely fun years of costume-making!

- Jenn