Cosplayer Amanda Dawn has a knack for not only making fantastic costumes but looking completely natural in all of them. That’s at least partially because she doesn’t only stop with the costume – she completes the look with the right wigs, makeup, and props. She’s cosplayed characters from Disney, Lord of the Rings, Mortal Kombat 3, and Bee and Puppycat among others. I like that she changes it up. I recently asked her about her cosplay history, how she built a dragon, and prop and more.
Adafruit: How long have you been cosplaying and what inspired you to start?
Amanda Dawn: I’ve been cosplaying for about two years, but I’ve been making costumes for a lot longer. I have a fond love of costuming and acting. I love being able to create anything I want. It’s exciting to put it on and become the character.
Adafruit: It looks as though you’ve cosplayed several characters from Disney films. What keeps pulling you back to Disney, and do you have a favorite Disney character to dress up as?
Amanda Dawn: Disney is my favorite genre. I have a goal in my head to create every gown from a Disney princess. (It’s happening!) I grew up with Disney and still love it to this day. It’s hard to pick a favorite. I got back and forth, I would say right now Ariel is my favorite because I’m currently working on her tail.
Photo by Kacey Slone
Adafruit: I noticed you had a portable baby Drogon to go with your Daenerys Targaryen costume, did you make him? Tell me a little about the process and materials used.
Amanda Dawn: Of course! Drogon, my baby! I made him completely from scratch – sketch to complete! It took me over 200 hours and many many months to complete. He is mostly made of foam and wire. I carved foam, used a lot of glue and there were many tears but I do love him so!
Adafruit: What new techniques and skills have you had to learn because of cosplay?
Amanda Dawn: Oh man! Prop making for sure. I’ve worked as a tailor and am currently a costumer for the Louisville ballet so sewing isn’t my weak point. Haha. Learning all the foam prop making has definitely been a new technique for me.
Photo by No Robots Photography
Adafruit: What advice would you offer to people interested in getting into cosplay?
Amanda Dawn: Just jump in! Seriously, just go for it. And it’s okay if your first project isn’t perfect. Practice makes perfect.
Keep up with Amanda’s latest costumes and props at Facebook!
Top photo by Abby Brechner