OCCUPATION: Studio manager at aaconn (a photography studio); home staging for Design to Market
STYLE: Bright colors and comfy clothes for everyday wear, feminine and fairycore for dressing up
What role does fashion play in your life?
It’s definitely one of the biggest ways that I express myself and express my interests. I have a lot of things that I make for books that I’m into. I’ll make fandom merch. I have an embroidery machine. When I do cosplay and I’m in all of my fairycore stuff, that’s my time when I get to express my girlier side. In my everyday fashion, I’m kind of like, biker shorts and graphic tees.
Does the costuming ever leak over into your everyday wear?
I might wear a corset one day or have more of a feminine, fairycore look because of the things I purchase to do the cosplay.
What’s your current favorite thing in your closet?
I have this pair of exclusive Crocs, and I desperately wish I would have bought multiple pairs because I’ve worn them out. They were a Ruby Rose exclusive that was put out for Pride, so they’re rainbow colored, but the shoes look completely different: One is cool colors, and one is warm colors. They’re tie-dye and have these crazy straps, and I’ve just been obsessed with them for three years.
How did you get into cosplay and costuming?
I go all-out for Halloween. I make everything myself. When The Force Awakens came out, I was like, “I’m gonna be Rey for Halloween this year.” I was getting leathers and dying them myself and dragging fabric through the dirt to make it look like I’d come from the sandy planet she’d been on in the preview. It just has to be completely perfect. Otherwise, it’s just not good enough for me. In the last two years, I’m like, “Why don’t I do this more often? I only do this around Halloween, and it makes me so happy, and I feel so accomplished.” So I did it for [the Ohio Renaissance Festival] and for the Cincinnati Comic Expo.