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Cosplayer Spotlight – Diystopia

When I first came across this cosplayer I was stunned by the quality of her stuff. I am in love with her Hufflepuff outfit, but that was just he beginning! Do you like her work? Comment and let me know which one is your favorite! Or at least follow her, because she is coming up with awesome new stuff all the time.

Hi, what can we call you?

I’m Katie! I go by Diystopia on Instagram and other platforms.

What is your favorite beverage?

In the winter, hot cocoa with marshmallow fluff. In the summer, ginger ice tea.

When did you start cosplaying?

I started cosplaying in my sophomore year of high school, somewhere around 2005 or 2006. My first costume was a time-skip Sakura from Naruto, I altered clothes from goodwill and even altered a pair of shoes.

Why did you start cosplaying?

My whole family is very creative and artistically inclined, so I always had a good background for creating, but I didn’t cosplay until I was a teenager.

photographer Aileen Sheedy (

In high school I was very into Anime/Manga fandoms and wanted to get more involved in the convention scene in my area. The idea of going to my first convention was so exciting that I felt like I had to do everything while I was there, including cosplaying! Everyone at the local convention seemed to love my costumes and from then on I was hooked.

After high school I took a nearly 8 year break from cosplay to focus on my studies as I tackled my undergraduate and graduate education. Today, I make costumes that reflect my current taste in shows and I’ve also recently become involved in the historic costuming community.

Who are your cosplay idols?

I love Kamui Cosplay and Punished props. I am mostly a seamstress so I think prop weapon and armor makers are the most impressive creations.

What types of cosplay do you do?

I generally focus on recreating costumes from live action shows (like Westworld, Stark Trek, Outlander, etc…), and I especially like things that are historically inspired. I really hope to branch out into graphic novel or video game cosplays soon.

What are your favorite cosplays?

Personally I like my Deanna Troi cosplay because I just made it, so I’m really loving it because it’s fresh in my mind. I also am very fond of my Barbarella costume, because when I made it it was really challenging for me and I was actually surprised when I put on the final product and it looked good.

What is something you want to cosplay but probably never will?

If I can think of something I want to cosplay chances are I will cosplay it. I always wanted to make a Sailor Moon cosplay but as soon as I think of something else I want to make it gets pushed to the end of my list.

Do you make, buy, or special order your cosplays?

I make as much of my cosplays as possible. At this point, if it can be sewn, I’ve made it. I will purchase small props and accessories, like my Star Trek Badges.

What do you love about cosplay?

The cosplay and costume making community is incredibly supportive. It’s rare to see people in the community being discouraging or mean and I think that’s good for all of us.

What is the most difficult thing for you about cosplay?

Acting! For many people cosplaying involves becoming the character while in the costume and I just can’t do it. I’ll try to match the energy of my character but I find anything short of that to be very draining, especially in the convention atmostphere.

 Who is your favorite character to cosplay?

I grew up watching Star Trek: TNG and always identified with Deanna Troi because we are both empathetic and driven to help other people. It’s also one of my favorite cosplays because it is remarkably comfortable to wear and it gave me an excuse to make my boyfriend a Star Trek uniform.

If you could live in any fantasy world, where would you go?

Hands down I want to live in Hobbiton. The Lord of the Rings universe is one of my favorites and I feel like I would make a very happy hobbit.

Where do you get your inspiration for your cosplays?

Usually from whatever I’m watching at the moment. I really like when I get the chance to make costumes from more obscure fandoms.

photographer Aileen Sheedy (

What are your “fandoms”?

I’m the most fond of historical dramas, but my next biggest fandom is fantasy.

What is something you wish beginning cosplayers knew?

It is okay to buy cosplay. Some people don’t make their costumes because they find the process to be exhausting and they want to put their effort into becoming a character, I find most of my reward from making my own costumes and find the dressing up part to be exhausting. They are different things.

Also, there are a lot of barriers to cosplay (time, budget, skill level, etc.) and practice is the only way to get better. There is not a single good cosplayer out there who was born with the ability to simply create good cosplay, they all worked at it. All good costumers have failures and it’s important to look at the “failure” as a learning exercise, move on, and try again. I still have dud costumes even after careful planning but it has never stopped me from trying again.

What tips or tricks do you have for other cosplayers?

I’ve found that you don’t always need to invest in expensive materials to make great costumes. When I started out costuming I was working entirely with clothes I could alter from the thrift store, discount quilters cotton, and polyester lining. It’s not only more cost effective to do it this way, but it makes mistakes seem less devastating.

What cosplays are you working on?

A Claire Fraser dress from the second season of Outlander, and Caroline Bingley from the 1995 BBC mini-series Pride and Prejudice.

What cosplays do you want to do if money and time were no object?

Sarah’s dress from Labyrinth. Too much time, too much skirt. Not enough space in my home for hoop skirts.

Where can people find your cosplays?

I can be found on instagram user @diystopia. I post updates about my costumes and show pictures of the progress I make.

Please remember I do not own any of these pictures and the opinions in this survey belong to the interviewee.

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