The Evolution of Cosplay in One Image

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We feature a large number of great cosplay costumes on the site here, but we often fail to recognize it’s actually a pretty new phenomenon. For the most part, there weren’t average people going out of their way to create elaborate, highly detailed costumes ten or twenty years ago.

I like this picture because it shows the stark contrast between new school and old school costumes. Ornate Kitana is on the left, which probably took hours to craft. Halloween costume Kitana is on the right, which could have taken a matter of minutes to assemble inside a TJ Maxx.

What started this trend? I have to credit the rise of the internet, as now the effort to make a cool costume is worth it because millions can see it on a site like Reddit or DeviantArt or well, Unreality.