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The art of cosplay: 'Undressing the Art of Playing Dress Up'

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Art is a word that can apply to many different types of media. Art is all around us, if we have the eye to see it. For example, fashion is an art form. A designer most likely drew up a sketch of what he or she wanted the piece of clothing to look like before carefully cutting, pinning, sewing, etc. The colors are chosen with purpose and the piece is not just for utility, but to make a statement. It makes you feel something. The difference between regular fashion and cosplay is just that it's a niche market. Cosplay is for both men and women who want to celebrate their love of popular culture and take on the personality of a made up individual. Actually, you can cosplay a thing, too. If you've ever gone to Megacon you might see someone dressed in such things like a companion cube from the hit video game, “Portal.” For those people, the art of cosplay is nostalgic and fun.

Cosplay Deviants (started by Troy Doerner) just released a book called “Undressing the Art of Playing Dress Up” through Schiffer Publishing to explore that art world. Here's how they describe the book:

“Now that cosplay has swept fan conventions around the world, it is time to explore the adult side of this popular phenomenon. This enormous collection of pin-up style photos provides a tantalizing look at sexy female cosplayers from around the world. They are not afraid to shed their costume to bring your character fantasies to life. Stepping away from the “booth babe” stereotype, Cosplay Deviants’ models are engrossed in nerd culture along with the fans who make up the community and appear as popular characters from gaming, comics, anime and manga, and science fiction. With more than 360 images, you will see just what it means to undress the art of playing dress up.”

Will this book show tasteful art with the fashions involved with cosplay using sequences of fully-clothed costumes through implied nudes? Or will this book be more like a Playboy magazine for nerds? This writer intends to find out for herself.

This title can be purchased here for $50 and you can even sneak a peek inside the book.

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