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Friday, July 31, 2009  0 Comments

LARPing in the Realm of Science Fiction

In our earlier post, “All About LARPing,” we mentioned that there are several genres of Live Action Role Playing games. One of the earliest was based on the Sci-Fi film “Logan’s Run”, which was released in 1976. Games took place at Sci-Fi Conventions. A story editor for the “Logan’s Run” TV Series that followed had this to say about the games:

"I went to a convention in San Diego…when the show was still on. The fans were playing 'The Runner Game.' A designated room in the hotel was Sanctuary and fans split into two teams: Runners and Sandmen. Randy [Powell, an actor from the series] encountered a runner in a stairwell and shouted 'Run, Runner!!!' in character. It was great seeing people make a game of our jobs."

Wikipedia tells us that “science fiction LARPs take place in futuristic settings with high technology and possibly extraterrestrial life. This describes a broad array of LARPs, including politically themed LARPs depicting dystopian or utopian societies and settings inspired by cyberpunk, space opera and post-apocalyptic fiction.”

Our Star Wars and Sci-Fi Costumes would be useful at Star Wars LARPs, or Star Trek Larps that sometimes involve Laser Tag or Paintball. We found another LARP for you to check out, too. The Stargate Atlanta FTX Larp is a based on the hit show Stargate SG-1, designed to recreate the experience of a mission from Stargate Command in the spirit of the show. Their game combines action, acting and problem solving skills, and since it’s a non-contact Social LARP that uses card systems for combat situation, no characters are killed off so you can fully enjoy being transported to another world.

Of course, if you don’t find something that fits your chosen character, we can always create a custom costume just for you, to your exact specifications.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009  0 Comments

LARPing History

LARP, as you may know from our earlier post, stands for Live Action Role Playing. The earliest recorded LARP group is agreed to be Dagorhir, which was founded in Washington, DC in 1977 by a group of college friends who shared a love of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and medieval history. The group’s original concept is still alive today as a battle game, based on both historical and fantasy interests. Their website calls it “A game, a sport, a martial art…a chance to live an adventure.”

The group's website goes on to explain that Dagorhir challenges creativity and imagination, inspires historical research, and allows members to interact improvisationally with characters they develop and portray in a historic/fantasy setting. First-time participants create a historically or fantasy-based persona to portray, and must bring or borrow a costume and weapon for their character to use. You may be able to find something to start with in our Medieval/Renaissance Costumes section and then check out our Accessories section for armor, swords, knives, wands, scepters and other weapons.

If you ‘d like to get involved in a local event, there are some coming up in August. The Battle Of Five Armies will take place on August 14 through 16, 2009 at Spring Valley Campground in Cambridge, Ohio. The Summer Slaughter is happening the same weekend, August 14 – 16, at Turkey Lake Park in Orlando, Florida. And the Battle for Middle Earth will take place August 21- 23 at Ozark Avalon in Boonville, Missouri.

And as always, Moon Costumes can make a custom costume for your character. Our recognizable character representations can be created in only a few weeks, but if you have any plastic molded pieces or foam, it can add over a month to the delivery time. Include photos and your measurements, and we’ll help you step into character to live your adventure.

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Monday, July 27, 2009  0 Comments

All About LARPing


LARP stands for Live-Action Role Playing, as opposed to regular role-playing games. In regular role playing games, the setting exists in the imagination and the interaction is done by talking through the game while seated together in a room. With live-action, the setting is created in the real world and players dress in costume and act as the characters they represent.

Many varieties of role playing games exist, but most follow the pattern established by Dungeons & Dragons, published in 1974. Traditionally, a small group would include a game master, or GM, who would lay out the rules and the fictional setting for the players to work within, including specific challenges and goals. The players then create their characters, using creativity to fill in the details of their backgrounds and to improvise along the way, interacting with changing outcomes. Numerical statistics are assigned to the characters, which are then used to determine the outcome of various events in the game—which usually involves rolling dice--to see whether an action was successful. Live action role playing allows players to more fully immersed in the experience, from the feel of the costume against their skin to the detail of the setting and being surrounded by others in character.

The first LARPs happened in the late ‘70’s, but really caught on worldwide in the ‘80’s, and with their popularity came a wider variety of styles. Some are more game-like, while others are more about dramatic or artistic expression. Some focus on educational or political themes, while fictional genres range from realistic modern or historical settings to fantastic or futuristic eras. Production values can be minimal or elaborate with costumes and venues fully creating the fictional setting in as much realistic detail as possible. You may want to commission a custom costume to fit the details of your character more authentically. We’ll be looking into the different LARP genres in future posts.

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Friday, July 24, 2009  0 Comments

Costumes for any Reason

Throughout the history of the world, there have been lots of reasons to wear costumes.Tribes have used masks and costumes to invoke nature or fertility deities, medieval royal courts hosted balls to connect to traditions, and during the Renaissance, masquerade balls became popular social events, at times causing quite a scandal.

Today, though kids don’t really need a reason to wear a costume, grown-ups generally do. So aside from Halloween and Cosplay, which we talk about extensively on our blog, here are some other reasons:

Performances: You may be in a company talent show, or part of local theater, or maybe you’re working at the Renaissance Faire or other such event.

Theme parties: Throughout the year, people may throw parties with a certain theme, like a Pirate Beach Party, for example.

Historical Re-enactment: Popular periods to reenact include the Classical periods of Greece and Rome, Medieval, Dark Ages or Renaissance, or battles from The American Revolutionary War, Napoleonic period, The Fur Trade, or World War I or II.

LARPing: Live action role playing is a form of game where the participants physically act out their characters' actions. The fictional genres used vary greatly, from realistic modern or historical settings to fantastic or futuristic eras. LARPs range in size from small private events lasting a few hours to huge public events with thousands of players lasting for days.

Mardi Gras: “Fat Tuesday” Carnival celebrations take place on a big scale in Rio de Janiero in Brazil and New Orleans, Louisiana as well as in Sydney, Australia. But they’re popular around the world and happen in February or March, before Lent and Easter. In Venice, Italy, there was a time when people could spend a large proportion of the year enjoying their masks and costumes, now it’s mostly during Carnival.

Our ability to create custom costumes means we can help you look great for any of these events!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009  0 Comments

Plan Ahead for the Very Best Costume Results


Here are a few reasons that it’s worth it to plan ahead to get the best costume for Halloween or any other occasion.

The best costumes are generally the ones that have been well thought out and prepared. If you don’t mind grabbing an inexpensive costume at the last minute from what’s still available on the rack, that’s one thing. But if you want to invest in a good quality costume that you can get repeated use from, you’ll want to think ahead.

Custom Costumes are tailor-made for you, and can take up to a week to ship. Many of our cosplay costumes are custom made , so take a look if you’d like to see some examples of our work.
Deluxe costumes are higher quality. They come with more accessories and are made of better materials, with more attention to detail. A good example is our Stormtrooper Deluxe costume. Some are also rental grade or rental quality costumes. These include Spiderman, Superman, Mummy and a whole host of mascot costumes. They’re all very cool, and many need to be special ordered.

During the Halloween season, it can take several days for an order to ship, whereas the rest of the year we usually ship the same day. Cosplay and tailor-made orders can take up to a week to ship. So if you order ahead, you can make sure you get your costume quickly, once it’s ready.
Also, during Halloween, we don’t accept returns or exchanges of any kind. During the rest of the year we accept exchanges within 14 days (with certain exceptions—see our return policy).
So, you see, ordering ahead helps you make sure you get a costume that fits you properly, that you really like and that you are willing to happily keep and use again!

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Monday, July 20, 2009  0 Comments

Cosplay Cross Promotions


We’ve seen cosplay costume contests used to promote upcoming cons, or between niche-related media, but this is the first time we’ve seen a mainstream men’s magazine using cosplay to promote an anime series.

It’s happening in Singapore, where the launch of the second “season” of the supernatural action anime series Shakugan no Shana II on a channel known as Animax Asia is being highlighted by FHM (For Him Magazine) with a ‘Vote for your favourite Shana-look-alike Contest’.

Shana is a destroyer of monsters known as ‘Denizens of the Crimson Realm’. Yuji is a guy who possesses a special soul, a ‘Mystes’, that holds a powerful treasure that the monsters want... to throw the spirit world off balance, which would be bad. The new series (hence the “II” in the title) dives straight into the action to find Shana protecting Yuji with her deadly ability to wield flames as weapons and as wings to fly with, to battle ‘Denizens’ of all forms; while Fumina Konoe, a schoolgirl with a dubious background and questionable intentions enters the fold.

The contest will feature professional models from FHM Singapore, FHM Malaysia and FHM Philippines, all dressed as Shana – a babe with big fiery-red eyes and crimson flowing hair, with the temperament and fighting skills to match. They’ll be shown on Animax and voted on by viewers. Some lucky voters may even win a prize.

The models will also appear in pictorials in the August issues of FHM in their respective countries, and Animax will air exclusive ‘behind-the-scenes’ video of the Shana-clad models during the course of their FHM photo-shoots. Leave it to “hot” chicks to take cosplay mainstream! (Get it? “Hot” because Shana wields fire weapons?)

If you’d like to dress like Shana for your next con, we can make a custom-made costume just for you.

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Friday, July 17, 2009  0 Comments

Best Video Game Cosplay Costumes


Last week, Unreality Magazine ran an article about some of the best video game cosplay costumes they’ve seen. Of their 20, we’ve done custom costumes for five or six of the characters they feature. So why not make yourself famous too, with some help from Moon Costumes? Our Cosplay Movie and Game section has many to choose from, and if you don’t see what you’re looking for there, you can always do a search.

The article includes three characters from Final Fantasy VII (or seven) : Sephiroth, Vincent, and Cloud. We have those and several other Final Fantasy costumes to choose from the entire series. Incidentally, the photo of Vincent from the Unreality Magazine article is also included in the YouTube slideshow above, which includes photo credits as well as photos of several other Final Fantasy cosplayers.

Their list includes Altair from Assassin’s Creed which we have done as well, along with Al Mualim. From Devil May Cry, they’ve featured Nero, which of course we have (or we wouldn’t have mentioned it!), but we also have costumes for Dante, Virgil and Kyrie. And from Mortal Kombat they’ve featured Kitana…this is where our claim of “five or six” characters in common that we mentioned above comes from. We’ve got Jade, who is similarly dangerous for being such a scantily clad character.

Of course, all of the above were custom-made costumes, so if you can’t find ones that we’ve already done for others, we can make them especially for you, so that you can become any character you like.

And for more beautifully photographed cosplay costumes, check out the photography of Divideby0.com (that's "divide by zero") , who provided the photo of Sephiroth to Unreality Magazine. Maybe you can have them shoot you in a Moon custom costume and send it to us!

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009  0 Comments

More Cause for Cosplay

There are four events for lovers of anime and video games going on across the country this weekend. All give you some reason to dress up in costume and enjoy the adventure of a con!

AniMix - An anime and video game con taking place in Killeen, Texas, July 17-19, 2009. One of their events is the AniMix & Match, AniMix's very first dating show. “Looking for love in all the wrong places? Looking for the geek or fanboy/fangirl of your dreams? On Friday three men will compete to win the heart of a lucky woman and on Saturday, three women will compete to win the heart of a lucky man.” Sounds fun, huh?

NatsuCon is happening July 17-19, 2009 in Bridgeton, Missouri. Their interesting twist on cosplay is their Anime Gong Show—“Part Game Show, part Talent Show - all awesome! Prizes will be given to those who score highest… But bad contestants will be gonged off the stage!

Otakon will be taking over the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland July 17-19, 2009. They are “the convention of the otaku generation: to celebrate all anime, manga, and all facets of Asian pop culture”. Their Masquerade is intended for cosplayers –those who like to include performance art before being judged. For those who want to have only their costumes judged, but don’t want to perform a skit they have a Hall Costume Contest.

Ancient City Con in Jacksonville, Florida July 18-19, 2009, you’ll find the "Northeast Florida convention for fans of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Anime, Comics, Collectibles and Gaming". Though they don’t have cosplay, skits, or karaoke, they do give attendees a chance to show off their costumes for prizes and fame. Try some of our Sci-Fi costumes for a change!

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Monday, July 13, 2009  0 Comments

Costumes or Lack Thereof

Our Accessories section is pretty darn fascinating. It includes subheadings like “Assorted Armor” , “Ears, Tails and Noses” and “Guns and Ammo”. But you might be surprised to note that we also have a section appropriately named “Sexy Lingerie”. Though most of the other Accessory categories are about adding to your costume, this section is more about providing as little as possible for the imagination, streamlining to the almost bare essentials, or leaving some fun for when the rest of the costume comes off.

Some of the more costume-like ones include:

The Chef -- this may not be one of the more likely candidates in the land of fantasy, but it's definitely different. This button-front mini dress comes with a chef’s hat and a spatula!

The French Kiss Showgirl is not a can-can girl, but more like a tap dancer. This outfit includes a black jacket with tails, a white top, black hot pants and white spats.

Keeping with the French theme, lace and sheer fabrics combine to evoke a Parisian Maid out of baby doll sleepwear by including an apron and lacy neck ribbon. It comes in a plus size as well.

Then we have the Nightshift Nurse with a sheer white dress decorated by a white cross on a red background. The cross motif is echoed on the hat and the stockings. The Wet Nurse costume almost looks like she’s ready to dive in to rescue someone from a bath--a lifeguard and medic in one--and has a matching red hat.

We’ve got a few animal prints too-- a zebra print 3-piece set, and leopard print costumes for men and women. You can also find several body stockings, decorative leg stockings, corsets, mini dresses, bustiers and other sexy sets.

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Friday, July 10, 2009  0 Comments

Making the Most of your Costumes

You can get more use out of a costume by coming up with an event to enjoy over the summer.
Children love any excuse to dress up, so come up with a way to have some summer fun, and then you can modify the costume when it starts getting cooler in the fall and use it for Halloween!

Here are some ideas for summer/fall costume parties for adults and kids:

Summer is a magical time, when you can sit in a garden decorated with fairy lights to enjoy the warm weather. If you’re throwing a party for any reason, whether it’s a birthday party, a bridal shower or a company picnic, you can encourage guests to don some wings and come as a fairy – adults or kid fairies.

Okay, so maybe only girls could get away with that, but guys could be included in a Fairy Tale theme. We’ve got the Tin Man from Oz, Peter Pan, Robin Hood or a frog prince. Or you could even be the Big Bad Wolf disguised as granny. Disney Costumes can work for men or women too.

For other events that are just for the ladies or girls, either of the above will work, as will angels -- a good theme for a baby or bridal shower-- or princesses –especially for little girls who want to throw a tea party.

Another idea that may be more fun for adults—throw a pirates pool or beach party and you’ve got fun on the water! We’ve got a wide array of pirate costumes, for both men and women, and even a little Captain Jack costume for kids!

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009  0 Comments

Renaissance Faires and Festivals

According to the events listing on the beautifully done site, Faires.com, there are Renaissance Faires and Festivals almost year-round. And we’ve got Medieval and Renaissance costumes to help you get in the spirit.

RenFaire.com can help too. Their home page says, “Step back 400 years to a time of Romance. Shakespeare is in the prime of his career. Sir Francis Drake has circumnavigated the Globe. The New World exists as a boundless frontier. The Dark Ages are done. Fiat Lux” (Latin for “let there be light”.) Their page goes on to tell us that a “Renaissance Faire is an amalgam of many things. Its partly a craft fair, its partly historical reenactment, its partly performance art.”

Wikipedia explains that such events generally include an abundance of costumed entertainers, musical and theatrical acts, art and handicrafts for sale, and festival food. Renaissance fairs encourage visitors to enter into the spirit of things with costumes and audience participation. Most tolerate, and many welcome, fantasy elements such as wizards and elves.

Time periods and themes may vary, some focusing on Pirate themes or encouraging participants to wear costumes representing several eras in a broad time period, but most Renaissance fairs are set during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England, or during the reign of Henry VIII.

The very first such fair, The Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Agoura, CA, was originally designed by the Living History Center to resemble an actual spring market fair of the period. Both actors and vendors were required to successfully complete workshops in period language/accents, costuming and culture and to stay "in character" while working. Since the beginning in 1963, there are now over 100 independent faires all over the United States.

If you don't see what you have in mind, we can create a custom-made costume for you too!



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Tuesday, July 7, 2009  1 Comments

Toy Soldier Costume


I saw this post on Danny Choo's blog, and thought the toy soldier costume was cool. These costumes are straightforward and stand out to me as imaginative. It reminds me of the martini costume I saw which consisted of, similarly, painting one's head green and wearing a plastic Elizabethan collar (like the dog collar).

We sell all major brands and styles of green face makeup. I recommend the star-cake or paradise-pro for clean, opaque coverage.

The rest of the costume can be bought at a thrift store, but may require some dye to make a uniform-green.

 

Monday, July 6, 2009  0 Comments

Mid-July Cosplay Part One


If you weren’t able to enjoy some long weekend cosplay fun, or perhaps you just didn’t get enough, here are some more places across the North American continent to show off your cosplay costume. Of course all of them have cosplay events, so your decision likely depends on geographic desirability.

Tokyo in Tulsa – in Tulsa, Oklahoma is happening July 10-12. It’ll cost you $40 at the door for the entire weekend or $20 for a day pass. They also offer their special Sakura Club membership, which includes registration for the entire weekend, a handsome messenger bag full of swag and access to ALL Tokyo In Tulsa events without additional cost, including the guest banquet. They will also be hosting a private autograph session with all of the guests for Sakura Club members only. Membership costs only $150 per person and are limited, so don’t delay.

El Paso Anime Con at the University of Texas El Paso is going on July 11-12, 2009 it’s only $10 until July 9th. Their website reminds potential attendees that it will be hot and perhaps humid if it rains, and since there are no vendors this year, you’ll want to bring your own water and snacks. You can make it part of your costume —what’s your character’s favorite food?

Northern Anime Festival at Durham College, UOIT Oshawa Campus is on July 11-12, 2009 in Oshawa, Ontario, (that’s in Canada) will cost $30 for the weekend; $25 for Saturday only or $15 for Sunday only. (But that’s probably Canadian Dollars, so multiply it by .86 to get the US equivalent.)

Yasumicon at Florida International University, South Campus in Miami, Florida is July 11-12, 2009 and it’s FREE. They’re in their seventh year, and this year’s theme is "Cyber Punk”, so you can expect some great music.

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Friday, July 3, 2009  0 Comments

More Ways to Celebrate Independence



Just to squeeze in a little bit more 4th of July fun, here are some other ideas to use costumes to make Independence Day more enjoyable!



Check out our Historical Hats in our Masks, Hats and Wigs section and you can tip your hat to different periods of American history this 4th of July:


  • Honor the original Americans by wearing a Native American-style headdress…
  • A Coonskin Cap can evoke Davy Crockett, the king of the wild frontier….
  • A Pioneer Bonnet reminds us of the time before we were settled, though it might make you long for Thanksgiving, as will the Puritan hats for men and women and a whole Pilgrim costume for ladies….
  • A Colonial Hat fits right in with the period of struggle for independence…
  • A Civil War hat could help you say that independence is worth fighting for… In blue or gray, and we’ve got baseball caps too….
  • We can help you become a president too: a stovepipe hat could be part of an Abraham Lincoln costume with our Lincoln half-mask and Amish beard...
Or check out our Political Masks section to find an elephant or donkey patriot hat, a Reagan or Obama mask, or Hillary, George W., Bill Clinton, Gov. Schwarzenegger, or George Washington …

Our Beards & Mustaches section can help you look like Mark Twain with just a wig and a mustache though people might think you’re the colonel from Kentucky Friend Chicken if you’re not careful… Or wear your own jeans, denim shirt and cowboy hat, and then use a western mustache to finish out the look.

Finally, in our Team Mascots section, you can dress as the American Bald Eagle! We’ve got four different costumes!

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009  0 Comments

The Magic of Summer

Summer makes you think of outdoor parties and events, maybe involving carefree childhood memories like clowns and magic. For the clown in you, we’ve got clown costumes and shoes, plus balloon sculpting and juggling goodies to help give a good performance rather than just clowning around. Instruction books videos are available for both, as well as the products you’ll need. We’ve got the right kind of balloons plus, juggling balls, scarves, sticks, rings and knives to juggle. We’ve even got spinning plates to show off with.

If you want to jazz up the act with ventriloquism, we’ve got the right stuff for you there too. From the cute puppets, like Charlie the Chimp, to soft plush and the more standard “ventriloquist dummies”, we’ve got a range. Plus for scary clowns at Halloween parties, we’ve got scary puppets like Zombie Zack, the little creeper, and a blue baby vampire.

To add to your comedy stylings, we’ve got a whole page of gags and pranks. The old squirting flower trick and whoopie cushion are available along with a variety of exploding items and fake plastic messes to frighten the host or hostess. We’ve also got slightly more creative things like a “Funkenring” that sends sparks shooting out of anything you touch!

If magic is more your style, we can help you perform card tricks, dice tricks, and coin tricks, along with a wide variety of other tricks—almost 200 items to choose from! Escape from shackles, make light bulbs light up in your hand, cut and restore a rope, make things vanish or multiply, spear your body parts without injury, or produce items out of thin air. We’ve even got plans for larger illusions.

Enjoy the magic of summer with all that Moon Costumes has to offer.

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