Sunday, October 20, 2013

Cosplay Crush: Alexandria the Red

My name is Alexandria the Red. I’m 21 years old and hail from Southern California. Im a nursing student as well as a cosplaying geek.

The Nerdy Girlie:  How did you get into cosplay? 
Alexandria:  In 2011, I went to the Harry Potter premiere as Bellatrix Lestrange. A few other cosplayers asked me if I went to conventions. My immediate reply was, “THERE’S CONVENTIONS FOR THIS?!!”. I did a bit of research and decided to attend Wondercon 2012 as Black Widow.
TNG:  Do you make or buy your costumes? 
Alexandria:  I make almost all of my costumes. The only 2 that I didn’t make myself of heavily alter are Amber Sweet (made by Castle Corsetry) and Slave Leia (by Jamin Fite). I usually buy costume pieces if I can’t make the item myself.

TNG:  Any tips for people just staring out in cosplay? 
Alexandria:  Just have fun! Don’t feel pressure to cosplay a character just because he or she is popular. Do it for yourself. Also JoAnns offers sewing classes. You never know, you could be a natural. I learned to sew at a local community college for $30.
TNG:  How do you feel about people approaching you for pictures?  Is there a certain protocol/cosplay code?  
Alexandria:  I feel that most people do a great job at asking to take photos. My only advice is to have your camera ready. Some cameras take a really long time to turn on /operate. Sometimes I also encounter people who are shy to ask me for photos and “don’t want to bother me” Bother away! I wouldn’t be running around in a ridiculous costume if I didn’t want pictures taken. Another little tip is to ask before touching. You never know if a costume is particularly fragile.

TNG:  Any suggestions on where to shop for costume pieces if you are not a sewer? 
Alexandria:  The best place I know of to procure costume items is Goodwill. They always happen to have exactly what I need.

TNG:  Do you think about posing a head of time? 
Alexandria:  When I first started I never thought about poses beforehand, until I received a really unflattering photo of me JUST STANDING THERE. After that I try to practice a few poses that work well with my character/props

*I was able to briefly talk with Alexandria at D23.  I fell in love with her Hipster Ariel cosplay and took the picture featured at the beginning of the post.  I cannot wait to chat more with her at a con in the future!  Check out ALL her amazing cosplays on her Facebook page:  Alexandria the Red.  You can also find her on Twitter: @Alexandriathred.*


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