Who am I?
I’m a Canadian geek living in the Netherlands. I’ve always been a creative person, always busy with all sorts of crafty projects, but my first love is sewing. As a child, I would always look forward to Halloween — finally we can dress up! And my grand-mother can attest, I was always playing dress-up somehow… Growing up, I enjoyed participating in plays, dance recitals. You could say I love being on stage.
How did I end up joining the cosplaying community?
My first cosplay was not quite as outlandish as my latest creations. It was well-made, but it wasn’t very eye-catching. But this was also how I intended it to be. I didn’t want to attract any attention, I was so unsure, frightened even, to be entering the cosplay world.
After attending Imagicon 2014 and seeing all the wonderful costumes people were wearing, I decided I’d have a go at it. I bought a few sewing patterns, looked up some accessories online, took a dive in my fabric stash… and voilà, my first cosplay: the Eighth Doctor (Doctor Who), based on the outfit worn in the minisode The Night of the Doctor. I wore it last year at Antwerp Con and *one person* (a wacko Eleventh Doctor wearing a fez) actually recognized my character and gave me a hug saying “DOCTOR!” It made my day!
I wore it again at LFCC in July, as it was my one and only cosplay at the time. Perhaps some people recognized it, but no one asked for a photo, and I really just blended in the background. Again, I didn’t mind. I was happy just being an observer, admiring other people’s cosplays, while at the same time being part of a community that felt like home.
Slowly but surely, I hauled my husband to the ‘cosplay side’. We’re now actively cosplaying at various conventions in Europe. Through cosplaying, we met so many amazing people from around the world, and we can’t wait to see them again at upcoming conventions!
The last couple of years, my interests have shifted from cosplay to (historical) costuming in general, where I can be creative and design a costume the way I want. While it’s an interesting challenge to reproduce an outfit as accurately as possible, I do not take any joy in doing that. I feel limited, like in a prison. I love creating, I love looking at fabric and imagining what I could do with it, rather than following a reference. Will I ever ‘cosplay’ again? Oh, surely. If I feel inspired enough by an outfit to be willing to attempt at reproducing it, I will certainly take on the cosplay accuracy challenge again, but always adding my own creative twist – as I always do 😉
Why ‘Élise’s Closet’?
Because my biggest source of inspiration of the last 3 years has been Élise de la Serre (Assassin’s Creed Unity) and quite frankly, my cosplay/costuming closet is full of her outfits, whether cosplays based on references or historical costumes inspired by her character. And I haven’t fallen out of love with her character and her story! I love bringing her to life – sometimes even giving her a longer life with alternate universe costumes – and I don’t have plans to change this anytime soon.
Can you make me a costume? Do you accept commissions?
Unfortunately, I do not accept any commissions.