The Art of Cosplay - Lady Bridget!
Happy Holidays to all my fellow Geeks, Freaks, and Nerds! I hope this crazy and joyous time of year treats you well and keeps you safe. The last couple of months have been phenomenal for us here at Constant Collectible in terms of making fresh contacts and revamping our podcast format for next year. We're all looking forward to a fresh New Year with new content and many more surprises.
With all the major conventions over this year and just a couple small ones still scheduled, cosplayers are becoming more and more available for interviews. I thought the summers were the busy time of year for cosplayers, but it turns out that the fall and early winter times are just as busy if not busier. The late winter conventions are just around the corner and they mark the early start of convention season here in California. So , I better get a move on and get to interviewing while I can, lol.
Without any further rigamorale, I present to you.... Lady Bridget!
Greetings Bridget! So kind of you to join us for this latest segment of The Art of Cosplay! Tell us what your prefer to go by.
Hey everyone! I’m Bridget, of Lady Bridget Cosplay.
Well, greetings Lady Bridget! (I'd bow, but none of you could even see it). Let's start off with you telling us a little bit about your cosplay.
Dressing up and getting into character has been a love of mine since I was little, but I only recently discovered the cosplay world. I started cosplaying a year ago this past October, actually. The first official cosplay I wore was to my college’s comic con.
College Comic-Con? That's fascinating! I suppose something like that makes sense since all our fellow geeks, freaks, and nerds are already in one spot. Tell us what inspires your badass cosplay.
My admiration, connection, and/or fascination with the characters are what inspire me to cosplay.
Yes, it's amazing how all cosplayers find a common thread or connection to the characters that they cosplay as. So which characters did you decide to pick for your very first cosplay?
My first cosplay was Black Widow. That was hardly the first time that I donned a costume, however. Even if we set aside Halloween, as a kid I was in and out of theater productions and small mini performances I forced my parents and friends to watch. I think the first costume I can remember sewing (with my mom’s help) was the Glinda the Good Witch from Wizard of Oz. I want to say I was around 9.
Glinda?! That's too cute! So you've been a cospayer in the making since you were 9 years old, that's awesome. The passion that cosplayers have for their craft is really spectacular. Out of all your costumes, which one is the hardest to wear?
My Winter Soldier and Bucky Barnes cosplays are my most difficult to wear – my arm requires another humans help to fasten. Once it is on, I have extremely limited range of motion. It is my plan to modify and make a new arm for more mobility.
I think everyone who tries to cosplay the Winter Soldier has that same problem, unless they want to spend a ton of money on having someone fabricate a mechanical sleeve. Yours still looks great though, truly awesome work done. Speaking of fabrication. Do you fabricate your own costumes?
All of my costumes I have made and put together myself.
Good for you! Homemade costumes are the best because they have your own personality built into them and they contain great memories. Speaking of memories, what are some of your favorites from your cosplay experiences?
I am a huge fan of Harry Potter. I started reading the series in Kindergarten, went to every midnight release I could beg my parents into letting me attend, and was the reigning Harry Potter Fact Champion at my summer camp– if that tells you anything. My favorite nerdy moment was getting to meet Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) at my first comic con. I have since met several HP cast members, but that was definitely one of my favorite nerdy moments.
No way! I've read so many interviews about him and everyone says that he's absolutely fantastic to talk to and a perfect gentlemen. He's the polar opposite of Draco in real life. With that said, any negative experiences?
Anytime you are interacting with the public there is a chance for negativity to happen. Unfortunately, I am not exempt from that fact. When that happens to me, I take their comments with a polite smile on my face, disengage when I am able, and remember that at the end of the day what is important is that I had fun.
Now that's a perfect answer. You genuinely do come off as such a nice person, I don't see how anyone would be mean to you. There's always going to be haters out there, it really does suck. The fact that you're able to don your costume and interact with the public is courageous enough. You're out there having fun and some people have to be critical of what you're wearing or how you made your costume is just ridiculous. So speaking of making your costumes. Are the supplies that you use difficult to find?
My materials for my cosplays are all sourced from local shops and what I, or my friends, have lying around.
It's amazing what cosplayers like yourself are able to transform from local hobby shops. This should be a prime example to everyone else who's thinking of cosplaying. Costume fabrication isn't as difficult to do as you may think. So, tell us about all of your cosplay outfits.
I have many different costumes, with several in various stages. My favorites at the moment are my Rey (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Black Widow (Avengers), female Captain America (Captain America: The First Avenger), and Bucky Barnes (Captain America: Civil War).
All of these look fantastic too by the way. I can't wait to see what else you come up with in the future. On to our fantasy question that everyone enjoys. If you could cosplay as anything, no limits on money or grandeur, who or what would you be, and why?
My very first costume crush was developed back in grade school. I would pour over the DK Visual Dictionary Star Wars books, ogling the different costumes. Queen Amidala/Padme quickly won over my little girl heart, and I spent many an afternoon sketching her elaborate costumes and headdresses. I still sketch and work on the patterning on occasion. One day I will cosplay Queen Amidala.
I'd love to see that and I hope that if you ever did do it that we could do another feature on you just in that costume. You don't come across too many Queen Amidala cosplays unless you're at a Star Wars Celebration Convention. Any tips for the potential cosplayer out there or anyone else looking to improve upon their costume work?
Don’t give up, stay true to your vision, and most importantly – have fun!
Wise words from an already seasoned cosplayer!
Bridget, it was an honor and privilege to speak with you and feature you on our website. I look forward to seeing what you cosplay as next and please do let me know if you ever do Queen Amidala, I'm sure you'd be fantastic!!
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The Art of Cosplay......
The purpose behind Constant Collectible featuring cosplay artists on our site is to show anyone and everyone that cosplay artists come in all shapes, sizes, genders, ages, and backgrounds.
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I’m Goody and I hope to see you on the convention floor sometime!