The Muse Behind the Muses
How did you get into Cosplay?
I’ve always been into costuming but I didn’t get into conventions and cosplay until around 2006 when I started going to DragonCon. I loved the fact that I didn’t have to wait until Halloween to dress up anymore.
Can you tell me about a couple of your most memorable characters?
My first big convention costume project was Slave Leia. This was before there were a million of them. It took me months to figure out how to make it and make it wearable. But it’s the outfit that got me the most press in the beginning, from being on E! TV’s Top 25 Most Memorable Swimsuit Moments (because it was called the metal bikini) to being on the cover of Jedi Junkies.One of my more recent memorable cosplays is female Chewbacca. I like to call her “Chewbecca” lol. I always have a lot of fun wearing that one. There is a lot of love for Chewie out there. And making wookiee noises is fun.
I grew up gaming so my favorites are all very old school. I love arcade games like Ms. PacMan or Spy Hunter. And old Nintendo like Super Mario, Legend of Zelda and Kid Icarus. I also spent a lot of time with Sega and Mortal Kombat 3. I have the new systems as well, but I don’t have any new games that I love like the old ones. A lot of my cosplays are based on games like Link from Zelda, Rosalina from Super Mario and Paine from Final Fantasy.
How about Comic Books or Animes?
I more inspired by comic book movies and TV than actual comic books. I love classic Lynda Carter Wonder Woman. I don’t watch a lot of anime, but I did enjoy Highschool of the Dead and did a Rei Miyamoto cosplay.
Hard to narrow that down! I’m all over the place with my cosplays from comics to movies to steampunk interpretations. I do super heros, cartoons, horror, etc. I find inspiration all over the place.
DragonCon, San Diego Comic Con, MegaCon and Jacksonville’s very own Ancient City Con
Do you have a favorite convention?
DragonCon will always be my first convention love, but MegaCon is getting to be a close second. I love doing San Diego when I can but I only do that one every 2-3 years because it is such a big trip to plan.
Are you working on any cool new projects?
Right now I’m working on the White Queen from Alice in Wonderland and a Justice League Wonder Woman from the cartoons. It’s one of the only WW costumes I haven’t done yet.
Just go out there and have fun and do what you love. (everybody says that right??) I wouldn’t worry about “breaking into cosplay.” It is what you make of it. I didn’t get into it trying to be a professional cosplayer, I just wanted to dress up and have fun. After a couple years I found out other people would pay me to dress them up as well so I started making costumes for others and was able to follow my passion to a full fledged career. Usually being a cosplay model means you go to where they pay you to be, and I wouldn’t want that to dictate where I get to visit. I was a model and “booth babe” for several years and I never got to have much fun at the conventions when it was just a job. I’m happy I was able to create a career that allows me to be a part of the cosplay industry but with a lot of freedom to enjoy what got me into it in the first place- dressing up with friends, having a good time and showing off all my hard work.
Tell me about Three Muses?
I started Three Muses in 2005, but I’ve been making costumes since I was little. I fell into costume making for others after having a very successful eBay sale while trying to make some room for a cross country move from CA to FL. I was just selling my old costumes, but the feedback was great and it made me want to make more for others. I really enjoyed helping other people experience the joy you get from a well made, well fitted costume, because who hasn’t gotten something hideous and disappointing out of a package?The business is named after me, my mom and my grandmother. They were my biggest inspirations growing up. I got my love of costuming from my mom and both of them taught me to sew and craft.I started as a website that grew into a regular retail location here in Jacksonville. I expanded from just costumes to carrying what I call the “building blocks” for cosplay- corsets, clothing pieces to mix and match, stockings, accessories, contacts, wigs, etc. I wanted to create a store where people could come in and walk out with a one-of-a-kind outfit.
If you need quality Cosplay costumes, FX, or even custom fabrications then you can go to ThreeMusesClothing.com and Candy’s team can put it together for you. They do amazing corsets and have tons of great costumes ready to go. This really is a one stop shop for the Cosplayer who doesn’t have the time or skill to fabricate their own costumes or parts. And who wouldn’t want to own a costume brought to you by Candy Keane?
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