Many of us still think that cosplay is a recent invention of pop culture, even though the practice of dressing up as society’s favorite fictional characters has existed since the first sci-fi and fantasy conventions in the first half of the 20th century.
Even the term “cosplay” was coined 30 years ago by Takahashi Nobuyuki, a Japanese reporter, anime writer, and founder of the anime publishing company Studio Hard, after he attended the 1984 Worldcon. Though the practice of cosplay has been with us for many decades, the idea of cosplay is much recent in India and cannot be compared to the global scene. But over the past three or four years,cosplay has begun to get a strong foothold in India.
Today, we have Comic cons in plenty of cities in India, with Mumbai, Hyderabad and Delhi being the forerunners. The cosplay scene is growing pretty neat in India all thanks to Comic Con
But to be fair the number of designers who provide the right props, costumes, and accessories are limited. Most people end up making their own outfits and do their own makeup. They take their elaborate designs to local tailors for getting them stitched
I have made an list of the websites from where you can order costumes at ease
1. Otaku Village
If you are an anime fan then surely they got your back, Founded with love for anime/gaming in India is your one stop universe for all your otaku needs be it merchandise, Cosplay, Fan art, Blogs, Reviews, AMV's and much more to keep your otaku cravings satisfied, they are literally, your daily dose of chakra !!
Also they provide hassle free delivery to your doorstep in a matter of 3-7 days time, depending on your location.
2. Abhiruchi Costumes
If you are a super hero fan, then getting costume of your favorite DC/Marvel character is much of a hassle in India , but fret not Abhiruchi comes to your rescue they have a wide range of cosplay products and also a variety of Movie themed costumes too
3. Light in the box
Founded in 2007, LightInTheBox has offered customers a convenient way to shop for a wide selection of cosplay products at attractive and affordable prices. They have factories in China, and all designers and workers are trained and professional. Every cosplay costume is unique and just made for you.
Many of the top cosplay costumes/products are readily available on Amazon but the prices are on a higher side, thats where Ali Express comes in for rescue, you can easily get the Alternative costumes and products at a much lower cost
*Cosplay has definitely been a great addition to the Comic Cons. I can agree that we have reached a threshold, but we still have miles to go.