This journal is more out of boredom at work than anything. I'm working the morning shift today instead of the evening on so it is really slow. I decided to sneak on here and right a new journal because the Secret Santa one keeps staring at me, haha!
A link was posted on a friend's wall on Facebook about the "steampunk" Mario costumes we did. A loooooot of unnecessary bashing was going on about whether or not the particular costume in question was steampunk or not. You know, you try not to let that kind of stuff get to you, but after awhile it just gets a little annoying. Especially, because most of the commenters had never been in contact with any of our group members before and these were the first pictures they were seeing.
Now, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but before being downright rude, I believe it is important to do a bit of research on the topic. (Although I think you shouldn't be rude no matter what...) This group that we all "Steampunk Mario" is the very first title we went with when designing these costumes. Our original plan was nitty and gritty. The more we got into it the more we wanted to keep the original character's color schemes in play to help make them more recognizable. Well, in doing so, the overall nature of the steampunk culture was tone down a bit so we thought about it and decided that Steampunk Couture was really more of our style for this group. (A LOT of the inspiration for the girls came from this website: www.steampunkcouture.com/)
So, the journey to design our costumes continued under the "Steampunk Couture Mario" title. This is, however, a mouthful so it generally got cut down to "Steampunk Mario" when addressing our friends and other that might ask. We continued to tweak and change, and even throw out some of our ideas. The end product (which isn't even really the end because these costumes are a constant work in progress) was steampunk couture fantasy look, which if someone were to actually look at any of our photos would know that we generally throw the word fantasy in there to describe our group.
We have never claimed to be this hardcore steampunk group. We took our favorite characters, we redesigned them in a way aesthetically pleasing to us and we wore them to have fun. Let me repeat the...TO HAVE FUN. FUUUUUUUN. We get nothing but nice comments from people at cons and even hardcore steampunk enthusiasts have come up to us and given us glowing reviews on our costumes. Yes, people are entitled to their own opinions, but the anonymous nature of the internet allows far too many people to be assholes. We take the bad with a grain of salt because the good comments make up for it ten times over, but it doesn't stop me from taking the time to point out how silly it is to attack one group of people for things that are so silly.
Cosplay is supposed to be fun, people! Don't go hatin' on people for having fun!
(I wish I was on my home computer so I could change my "little me" to something a little less excited down there, lol)