Lady Jaded is a cosplayer from Perth Austrailia. She calls herself a freelance model and we here at JoypadAndMe would have to not only agree that she is extremely talented but also that she has a definite talent for bringing some amazing characters to life. With an obvious love of all things Star Wars and video games, Lady Jaded was exactly the kind of person we wanted to get some time to chat with. With some interesting takes on different characters as well as faithful re-creations of others, we wanted to find out a bit more about her love of cosplay.
You can also check out Lady Jaded’s Gallery page by clicking on this link: Lady Jaded Cosplay Gallery
Q) What was it about cosplay that got you interested in it?
I always dreamed of becoming a fashion designer as I’ve always loved those outrageous funky styles you see on tv and in movies. I would watch movies and think about how awesome it would be to create those costumes or even to wear them. Unfortunately I was too impatient during my course and bailed early. But years later I went to Supanova in Perth and discovered these amazing talented people they call “cosplayers”. I just had to be a part of this world. So I used my sewing techniques I had learned previously to help me to create costumes and bring to life the characters I used to fantasize about becoming.
Q) What made you decide that it was something that you wanted to get involved in and did you intend for it to go as far as it has for you?
My page was started only in October 2013, so not even a year ago. The page was created to share my modeling pictures to make it easier to communicate with photographers and also distance my personal page from the professional one. It then turned into my costumes and cosplays. I much prefer modelling cosplay or something edgy than conventional forms of modelling. I never ever had thought my page would grow to the level it is now. And I love it! I am so appreciative of all the support I’m getting from everyone out there. It helps me to keep going and try to do bigger and better things!
Q) What was your first cosplay outfit and why did you choose that particular character?
My first cosplay outfit was Slave Leia. It was a cheap costume I bought online. I put it on and it didn’t fit properly and I didn’t like the way it looked. So I altered it and added my own style to it; for example I used gold paint on the rubber parts so it didn’t look so cheap and nasty, and sewed the bikini top together, and added a gold chain around the neck and back. That then started the desire to buy more costumes and alter them and add my own flair. And why Slave Leia? Cos she had the biggest impact on science fiction movies! All boys watched that movie and fell in love with this sexy Princess. And she wasnt the traditional type of Princess so that appealed to me. Loved Star Wars growing up, and love Star Wars now that I’m a grown up 😀
Q) How do you pick out which characters you want to create?
Certain characters speak to me and make me want to create them.; and not in a crazy I’m a schizophrenic kind of way. You play a game, or you watch a movie, and you think “I want to be like them” or you think “that person makes me think of me in a certain way” and that’s what makes me want to cosplay them. Harley Quinn is an underrated character from Batman. I remember watching her in the cartoons when I was younger and I never saw her in a movie. I loved her quirky insane cute look, and something about that made me think of myself. I knew I could be her when I donned those blonde pigtails and red & black outfit.
Q) Does outfit, body style, overall perception of the character and attitude affect your decisions when deciding which character to take on?
I don’t just want to look like the character, I want to bring them to life. I don’t feel comfortable if I don’t know anything about that character as it feels fake. Whenever I went to a costume party, I used to feel like I had to look exactly like them until a friend told me that costumes are supposed to your own interpretation. And I love that idea! Who cares if you aren’t the same height or body shape? I don’t, and you shouldnt either. To a certain level it needs to be recognizable though. And you need to also have some knowledge of the character. You cant dress up as Doctor Who and not know which number doctor you are 😉
Q) What have been the reactions you have had from some of your creations?
All very positive 😀 Everybody seems to love them. I have had a couple of incidences where ladies and men have told me to put more clothes on but I don’t care. I’m not doing it for them. I’m doing it for the lovers and the dreamers in the world!
Q) How long does it take you to design and create the majority of your character pieces on average? Has there been any Exceedingly long creations?
Poison Ivy was the longest due to the amount of time it takes to sew each leaf onto the costume. In fairness, it doesn’t take me very long. I find I get bored very easily and lose motivation. I try to keep my costumes interesting enough that they look good and is a fair challenge, but not too extreme that I get frustrated by how long it takes with it possibly ending in tears. The shortest time spent was 2 hours on a costume and that was for when I did Female Thor for a costume party and that was because I only had that time to create it from the moment I walked indoors from my holiday to ending to leave for the party lol
Q) There must be a financial investment when it comes to some of these outfits, have any been fairly extravagant?
Sometimes I buy fabrics or foam and think “eek! I’m spending how much?” but then I think that its my hobby and is gonna keep me occupied for a pretty fair amount of time. It makes me happy, I can then wear it for a shoot, and then I can share the pics on my page. Win win all round if you ask me. Worth the investment 🙂
Q) When it comes to photoshoots, how much input do you have in the composition of the shot? How important do you feel location and ‘realism’ is to the overall image?
The photographers I work with seem to have similar expectations from the shoot. A standard photographer doesn’t shoot cosplay. Some want to shoot with me because they love that character too and want to bring it to life. It can be very difficult though finding the right location and you don’t want to photoshop to the point where it looks too fake. It doesn’t have to be exact but I like the location to be chosen for a reason. Plus it makes the pictures more appealing and eye-catching when it’s not just a person standing in front of a white backdrop.
Also, when doing a shoot, the photographer and I will have reference pics of poses so we know what each other expects and ensures the shoot goes according to plan and you both don’t walk away thinking “boy, that just didn’t feel like it worked…”
Q) How much interaction do you have with your fans and followers of your cosplaying creations?
When I post pictures I get so excited to have feedback. I need comments so I know what is working and what isn’t. I do enjoy all the likes, but to read a comment that someone has taken the time to write, makes me happy. And I try to reply to all comments which require an answer from me. I add my like to all comments and if I could, I would add my like to your like too 😀 I find the responses from followers extremely overwhelming in a good way but would never say no to more hehe
Q) What’s the cosplaying community like as a whole? Are they all generally supportive of each other or are there different sub groups inside the community?
Perth is very small so we tend to know each other. We are all friendly and social at cons, and on each others pages. It’s also great to get to know each other as people not just a cosplayer too. Facebook is a great way of doing that as you connect on an awesome level. When we are in need of help, someone out there will be there to lend a hand. We have our own cosplay group pages and forums so you never feel alone. I love it!
Q) Cosplay seems to have taken off more in the past few years, do you have any thoughts as to why this might be?
My feeling is that we are in need of escapism. Life can become very overwhelming, and speaking from my own experience, I use cosplay as a way to escape this. Its fun and brings a lot of smiles to everyone. We also aren’t all fortunate to meet celebrities from movies in costume so we choose the next best thing. Conventions are a great way of dressing up, having fun, taking pictures, and all in a safe environment. We all now have gaming systems, whether it be an Xbox, Nintendo, Playstation, PC or something else, so we are all familiar with games and their characters. We all have TVs in our homes and also have so many movies acceptable through the internet. Thanks to these devices, we all find ourselves lost in a world of fantasy. We then want to live out these fantasies through cosplay, whether it be to interact with someone as a character or dressing up.
Q) What have you got planned for the future in regards to new creations and appearances?
A lady never divulges her secrets… Besides, then there would be no need for you to continue to follow my page hehe
Q) Do you have any words of advice for anyone wanting to get into cosplay or wanting to step up a gear in regards to their outfits and the characters they want to portray?
The only thing I say to people is just give it a go. Dont be the one who gets old and thinks “I wish I had of done that”. Life is too short and you have the make the most of it. We have so much available to us and everyone is very accepting of cosplayers. Never think you aren’t good enough either because you are 😀
Love, Peace, and Cosplay everyone xo
We here at JoypadAndMe want to say a huge thanks to Lady Jaded for taking time out of what must be a hugely busy schedule and chatting to us and we hope that as many of our viewers as possible can take some time and check out both her gallery here on this website and many more photos on her own FaceBook page. Lady Jaded is welcome back any time to talk more about her creations both old and new.
Dean Goodwin Photography, Make Believe Malaga 2014,
Manny Tamayo Photography, Shadow World Photography,
Glen Young, Josh Cowling,
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