The other day I was hanging out with a friend and talking about our latest Guardians of the Galaxy cosplay and that it was a screen-accurate cosplay, but also crossplay for Scout and me. My friend was asking what the difference between crossplay and gender-bend cosplay was. I thought it would be helpful to list all the types of cosplay out with a description of each.
The first type of cosplay is the kind that most people think of when they hear, “cosplay”. That is screen accurate cosplay. The term is pretty self-explanatory. The cosplay looks like it came from the screen or pages of a comic book. Below are some screen-accurate cosplays:
You’ll notice that each of these cosplays are accurate down to the last detail. Scout and I are wearing wigs, the exact accessories and the correct clothing pieces.
The Mash-up Cosplay
The next type is the mash-up cosplay. This style takes two or more characters from a film or comic book and mashes them together. Scout and I don’t have a mash-up, but here are some mash-ups I found online (photo credits in the caption):
The Stylized Cosplay
The next style is the stylized cosplay. Like the mash-up, this style of cosplay has been gaining popularity over the last couple of years. This style combines a clothing style with a cosplay. Some good examples are the Playboy Bunny Star Wars characters, business suits Disney characters or Steampunk anything. Our stylized cosplay are poodle skirt Captain America and American Dream:
Crossplay is cosplaying a character of a different gender. Scout and I crossplay a lot! When cosplaying, the sky’s the limit, so cosplaying a different gender is not a limitation at all. Here are some of our crossplays:
The last style of cosplay is the gender-bend cosplay. This style is a little different from crossplay in that you are changing the gender of the character you are cosplaying. So, examples would be my gender-bend Doctor Strange. I am cosplaying a girl version of Doctor Strange, instead of Stephen, let’s say Stephanie Strange.
So, that’s a quick tour of the different types of cosplay. If we left anything out, please shoot us a comment. We always love hearing from you guys.
Until next time…
Love, Kim and Scout
*All professional photos of us taken by Justin Davidson Photography