Secrets of Cosplay pulls back the curtain this rapidly popularizing art form and allows fans an exhaustive look into the culture of costumes and fashion based on anime, video games, and more. Four overarching sections detail a broad range of topics essential to the art of "costume play.¿ Section I, Introduction to Cosplay, covers a guide to cosplay conventions, interviews with "cosers,¿ and an introduction to the different categories of cosplay. Section II, Key Steps in Cosplay, takes readers through the hands-on aspects of the art, with guides to role research, makeup styling, composition and photography, stage performance, and photo sifting and retouching, as well as case studies of specific costume designs. Section III features an in-depth case study of a single project through conception to the final product. The final quarter of the book is a gallery devoted to projects crafted by an international selection of cosplay masters. Each section is illustrated with in-depth diagrams and high quality photography, making Secrets of Cosplay not just a guidebook but an immersive portal into the fantastical world of cosplay design.
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