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The real birthplace of cosplay - the United States

Nov 24, 2018
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When it comes to the original origin of cosplay, everyone generally agrees that the origin of cosplay is located in Japan. Of course, if this is based on the current cosplay concept, it can be said. But in a broad sense, the real origin of animated cosplay is definitely in the United States in the Western Hemisphere. Even if you really want to explore the original form of cosplay, I can tell you without hesitation that the earliest appearance of cosplay was before the first year of AD. For a few centuries! Because the dresses of the Greek rituals that existed around 1000 BC, or the two groups that together created the two great Greek epics, Iliad and Odyssey, were active in the 8th century BC. The poets, he or she is actually playing the role of others. The former leads to the prophet and foresight of later generations, the successful cosplay exists the apostle of the gods, and the latter is like the originator of today's stage drama, the cosplay of the cosplay of those heroic deeds. In fact, the meaning of cosplay to include and dress is not only a visual appearance, but more importantly, to the cosplay people's heart. Well, get down to business. Next, let's talk about the real birthplace of cosplay - the United States.


In the 17th century, the Jesuit priest Athanasius Kircher succeeded in making the animation popular in Central Europe after inventing the "Magic Lantern". In the late 1930s, Luis Mickey Mouse appeared, American animation. The style has a clear and affirmative definition, and the real first Cosplay with animated characters as the subject is in this period. Mickey Mouse is popular in the United States and around the world. And Road Disney saw the right time to create the world's first Disneyland in 1955. At the same time, in order to promote the product itself and to attract tourists, Ludi also specially invited employees to wear Mickey Mouse costumes for tourists. Play or take a photo. At the beginning, this group of obscured Mickey Mouse Dressers was the true ancestor of contemporary Cosplay behavior.

At first, the group of Cosplay costumes that were dressed as Mickey Mouse, Pluto, Goofy, Donald Duck and other Disney characters in Disneyland were the first props department of the company. Shortly after the official establishment of Disneyland, Ludi Disney expanded the size of the props department, not only to make props for film and television production, but also for all the Cosplay costumes needed to work in Disneyland. The clothing used as Cosplay in the early days was just a "big paper bag" with a fixed shape. It lacked aesthetics and comfort, and the finished product was relatively rough. It was easy for the dresser to wear poorly. Even so, at this time, Disney's Cosplay costume production has already had a certain scale.


The original shape of contemporary Cosplay was still based on a commercial form rather than a popular taste as it is now. In the United States or more precisely, there is an important basis for Disney to be the real source of contemporary Cosplay, which is the professional production of Cosplay costumes worn by Disney cartoon character dressers. Although in today's Cosplay costumes, many are tailored by the dressers themselves. But as the originator of contemporary Cosplay, having a standardized and systematic apparel production organization is a necessary condition.