Guest post!! ~ Commercial Lines: Cramping TARDIS Cosplay Style

13 Oct

Those of you who have been around since the beginning of the site know all about our pal, Charity. Well… she has graced us with a guest post!


As a long-time nerdy convention attendee, I have a lot of respect for cosplayers that make their own costumes.  The time, energy, and creativity often spent on their craft can yield some pretty amazing creations.  While I mostly observe and appreciate cosplay, I’ve had some recent fun dressing up for conventions the last couple years – mostly coinciding with my Halloween costume choices.  I certainly don’t exist anywhere near the ranks of elaborate costuming, tailoring, and concept design and know-how that can often go into cosplaying, but I think it’s important to have fun with it all. 

In 2011, I was a Star Trek Officer with a hand-me-down costume from my sister and I went as Wonder Woman one year with a pre-made/packaged costume in 2012.  These costumes and their variations are pretty readily available for purchase and are actually known outfits that characters wear.  But this past year, I took the time to construct a Tardis Geek Chic costume for Halloween which I roamed around in at 2013’s Wondercon and San Diego Comic-Con – because why not?  With my limited/light skillz (yes – with a “z”), I was more in the frame of mind to creatively repurpose items in making my costume.  I had a basic blue dress, found a thrift store belt and used tape to make it a “Police Public Call Box” belt, and made a fascinator type hat with a headband, felt, string, cardboard, and a battery-operated light.  More costume details here.

So given this costume adventure, when news of a Her Universe Tardis headband popped up on one of my favorite sites, The Mary Sue, I instantly shared it on Facebook with “Hey look – my TARDIS costume has now jumped the shark.”  No, seriously look:

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There’s a lot I like about Her Universe – particularly the print based pieces and t-shirts – and I’m very glad that there are more commercially available geek fantastic things (my running total at probably speaks for itself) so my judgey-ness isn’t really about the popularity of geeky things and geeky products.  This is more about what I think is the strength and spirit of cosplay itself: it’s not about being instantaneous.

The one year I was dressed in a pre-made Wonder Woman costume was fun but I didn’t feel much like a cosplayer, just someone in a costume enjoying a setting where I could wear one.  And that’s one of the things I love about geek-friendly conventions, you can geek out all you want – costumes and all!  But the best Wonder Woman costumes I’ve seen take the concept and make it their own.  My favorite so far is the Wonder Woman ballerina – aside from personally being all limbs and awkwardness, I would never have thought up a Wonder Woman ballerina ever and seeing that concept brought to life was really cool.

As a Whovian, I’ve loved seeing all the different types of Doctor Who costumes over the years, primarily how the TARDIS has been interpreted by various people.  It’s a time traveling vehicle disguised as a phone box – the possibilities are endless. Sometimes it’s a phone box; sometimes it’s a mini dress, and other times it’s a ball gown.  They’re made of different materials, in different sizes, and for different ages.  The spectrum in-between all those “sometimes” is also pretty spectacular.  Like a lot of cosplay, there’s definitely a lot of heart that goes into these projects (or two-hearts, given the scenario).  So while I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the mass-produced TARDIS print dress and a TARDIS headband (okay – personally, I think the headband does a look a bit…weird), I think it’s just not quite as fun.  It also just narrows the idea of the TARDIS into this dress-and-headband kit, which is an incomplete thought for me somehow.  Not to mention, often these outfits – especially for women – are only meant to fit certain body types and that’s not only kind of boring and limiting, it’s also no bueno.

The above being said, I am a firm believer in doing your own thing and being satisfied by it – so I hope those that decide to play in the land of costumes ultimately have fun, no matter your costume’s origin story.  However, I will recommend that you make sure to follow some cosplay rules by the Nerdlush Diva herself before you do.

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One Response to “Guest post!! ~ Commercial Lines: Cramping TARDIS Cosplay Style”

  1. elizabeth ann October 28, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    I have the Tardis A-Line dress from Her Universe… I do not wear it and consider myself to be cosplaying, just someone in a cute dress. I would like to cosplay… but I don’t know that I’m creative enough or have the energy to be, in order to do it right.

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