Friday, August 21, 2009

Blizzcon Costume Contest, or "Sharp Teeth Rule"

Tons of great costumes. A few tips I'd have to offer, though:
  • Wear makeup. It makes you look less shiny in the lights and keeps the stage from washing you out. Male or female, a little foundation and blush never hurt anyone. Just match your coloring and blend thoroughly.
  • Do your hair. Hair is actually part of your costume, believe it or not.
  • Wear a costume that goes with your body type. You expect certain physiques for certain races, and mixing and matching doesn't work as well as you might think.
  • Consider your stage presence. While not crucial, there's "drifting gracefully" and then there's the guy who walked across like it was his mom's kitchen.
  • Watch where you hold your props. One contestant covered her costume with her shield by holding it between her and the audience the entire time.
  • Spit out your gum. No elaboration needed.
While all the best costumes had great construction and detail and design, the winner was pure art. Not just the details and construction, but the acting that went into it. The winner was the costume.

Some of the costume people were attractive, some weren't, but at the end of the contest, you admired the people who made costumes that went with their look as a person and didn't try to be super-sexy if they weren't -- thinking in particular of the two older women who went orc and dwarf (they ruled) and a plus-sized person who filled out a moonkin outfit admirably.

I also admired the ones with really great tailoring. Some of the sexy female costumes didn't look sexy because the tailoring was off (one attractive woman looked very saggy because her chestpiece sagged), whereas the tailored ones made you go "That's great."


  1. Note:

    I'm a strong proponent that large women can be just as beautiful as skinny ones. I'm not overweight but I'm not scrawny or toned, either. And I know enough about fashion and clothing to say that what looks good on someone else does not necessarily look good on me. It really is a matter of dressing to flatter you. And I think the nicest costumes didn't just cling to the skinniest bodies but, rather, flattered the wearer.

  2. Man, now I wish I had that live stream! The costume contest is my favourite part of blizzcon - other than all those announcements, of course! Worgen rogue? Yes plx! ;o)

  3. I just found your blog.. It makes me smile! :) I will be coming back!!

    and on a note of this particular blog.. The costumes contest was so amazing!! too much fun (minus the standing for 3 ish hours backstage...)

    I can so tho.. as far as stage pressence, this was a first for many of us! We wern't sure how to act/ what to do.. Its all a learning experiance!

  4. I bet it was a blast to participate in. :)


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