We all know the week can be a long thing and then Friday appears and here we go again! A weekend! But before we get to the weekend I have the honour of bringing you CosFriday! The feature of an Aussie Cosplayer from somewhere in our great country! This week we head west… WAY west!
Coming to us from Perth in Western Australia; the City of Light, cosplaying since 2014 is Kirilee from Kirilee Cosplay! Kirilee started out with her first cosplay as Teyla from Stargate Atlantis but also her version of T.A.R.D.I.S as a dress! She is representing Australia this year in the World Cosplay Summit 2018 along side Giorgia Costumes.
What’s your name & how old are you? Kirilee & 30
How long have you been cosplaying? 4 years.
What inspired you to start cosplaying? I also do something called model stock photography which is designed to be a reference tool for artists (at least my sort is). I would make some of my costumes to be shot in and then I got comments like “Wow, great cosplay!” or “Where is this cosplay from?” – so I researched into it and decided it would be fun. Then I realised my city had conventions and thoughts, well, why not try this cosplay thing. And I’ve been hooked since.
What was your First Cosplay? I have two firsts. The first first was when I made a costume for a small convention in London called Pegasus 4 (Stargate Atlantis) – I did
Teyla. I even won a prize… but I didn’t know what I was doing was cosplay. My second first was when I DID know I was cosplaying, and that was my own design of a T.A.R.D.I.S. as a dress. I’ve upgraded it since then but still love it.
What is your most recent cosplay? My most recent cosplay is my Officer Jenny cosplay from Pokemon. I really enjoy pokemon and I wanted a bit of a easy costume to make and wear around cons – I had just come out of finishing Ciel’s Robin Dress (Black Butler/ Kuroshitsuji) and competing with it in the Australian Prelims of the World Cosplay Summit.
What cosplays are you currently working on? My performance costume for the World Cosplay Summit in Japan! Giorgia Costumes and I are Team Australia 2018 – so at the moment we are keeping a lid on what we are doing, but anyone who follows our pages will probably figure it out sooner or later because we like to share progress.
Who are your favourite cosplayers in the community? Giorgia Costumes, Asham Cosplay, Tsubaki Cosplay, Cora Ven, K Cosplay, Anime-maniacs, Alycesca, Major Sam Cosplay, Henchwench, Astrokerrie… so many that I love for so many reasons (please forgive me everyone I have forgotten)
Who else do you want to cosplay? I would love to cosplay Lizzie from Black Butler/ Kuroshitsuji again. She was my second cosplay after the T.A.R.D.I.S., and I always have the most fun with her. I feel closest to her. I am also planning (after WCS) to do Betty Boop because she is a little cute, a little sexy, a little ditzy… I just think it will be great to play her.
Tell us an odd fact about yourself! In my day job, I work in superannuation! I am a finance person… and I work with two other cosplayers in my small team. We seem to find each other, don’t we?