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Wednesday, January 20, 2010the Manila Bulletin reported that the world’s first cosplay museum opened in the Philippines. The museum boasts “costume displays that range from spectacular robotic and creature costumes to elegant gowns and anime garb”. It also preserves historical cosplay costumes, rescuing them from deterioration and preserving their legacy for future generations.
A joint project of Cosplay.ph (the “.ph” is the “.com” of the Philippines) and Diliman Preparatory School (DPS), the museum also offers an extensive gallery from premier cosplay photographers along with a wealth of information highlighting the landmark events in cosplay history.
Cosplay.ph says, “the Cosplay Museum is meant as an educational beacon to enlighten the general public about Cosplay, its roots and historical landmarks in the Philippines and to educate the youth on the various aspects of Cosplay.”
It is also a venue for cosplay workshops, discussions, gatherings and events like mini-catwalks or Maid Cafe days. Cosplayers are welcome to gather, interact and enjoy the company of other cosplayers without the competitive component or entrance fee that come with the usual cosplay conventions. Plus, events will occur with greater frequency than conventions.
The cosplay workshops allow anyone to learn the craft of the cosplay costume from veteran cosplayers, focusing not only on technique but also on issues from using recycled materials to balancing one’s life. The workshops strive to bring costume craftsmanship to a higher level.
As Cosplay.ph says, “It's launching is testament to the growing positive influence of Cosplay, not merely as a hobby, but as an art form and educational media.”
We at Moon Costumes have something of a cosplay museum ourselves! Just click on the word “Cosplay” on our menu to the left, and be taken to a directory of all the costumes we have available. Click on the anime representation and you’ll get a photo and description of the actual costume!