November 25, 2012

All dressed up!

Chicagotardis1So now we’re into the final day of the Chicago TARDIS
convention and last night was the Masquerade in which all the fans who love the costuming element of Doctor Who strutted their funky stuff, to the
adoration of the crowds.

Judging then took place with guest fashionistas Ian
McNeice (who played Winston Churchill in the series) and Simon Fisher-Becker (who
played Dorium Maldovar) deliberating alongside “cosplay” experts from fandom to award certificates of merit.

Chicagotardis4As usual, I was amazed by the levels of creativity on show
for not only do cosplayers make precise replicas of onscreen attire, they also
make wild departures from the televised versions to adapt costumes, creating a
sub-genre called “Fem”.

In this category, women will take the costumes worn by men (and
especially the Doctor himself) and tweak them into feminine outfits of dresses and corsets. There was even a Fem Dalek ballerina and a TARDIS ballroom gown.

Chicagotardis2And it’s not just the grown-ups; children love to play dressing
up and younger Doctor Who fans are no exception.

To me, these costumed fans are an excellent example of what
the show is all about. Because, no matter what anyone might tell you, Doctor
Who is not a children’s show. It’s a family show that everyone can enjoy.

Chicagotardis3And these guys really do wear their (two) hearts on their (meticulously-crafted)
sleeves!

Richard Dinnick

 

Chicagotardis5Richard Dinnick is a writer of TV, comics and books who has
contributed to the Doctor Who and Moshi Monsters ranges that Penguin publishes
including: Doctor Who: Alien Adventures, The 50th Anniversary Doctor Who Sticker Book coming next year. You can follow
him on Twitter (www.twitter.com/richarddinnick)
or find out more by visiting his website (www.richarddinnick.com).

Join the conversation! 9 Comments

  1. The Masquerade entries were indeed wonderful. I was very impressed with the level of detail and care that went into creating the outfits.

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  2. I was very impressed with the level of detail and care that went into creating the outfits.

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  3. love to see all the outfits. Its very creative.

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  5. The costume will compliment your slender curves.

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  9. And it’s not just the grown-ups; children love to play dressing up and younger Doctor Who fans are no exception.

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