About the Exhibition
Explore the amazing world of cosplay and Japanese culture with a unique collection of costumes handcrafted by professional cosplayers and World Cosplay Summit contestants! Starting today, the JICC is displaying award-winning fanmade pieces from popular Japanese series like JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Cardcaptor Sakura, Revolutionary Girl Utena, and more.
In partnership with the Japan Foundation of New York and the World Cosplay Summit, Inc., the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan proudly presents Crafting Global Friendships: Celebrating 20 Years of the World Cosplay Summit! This exhibit highlights the many international connections that are built through costuming and more specifically, through the world of cosplay.
What is cosplay?
The anime, manga, and video game industries have been steadily fueling Japan’s iconic pop culture for decades. Alongside the vibrant “Lolita” and “Decora” fashion subcultures that emerged in Tokyo during the 80’s and 90’s, “cosplay” refers to a fandom-based fashion movement and performance art style that has skyrocketed in both domestic and international popularity. The original phrase “costume play” was coined in 1984 and eventually shortened to cosplay. Cosplayers dress as their favorite characters and some perform original acts on stage with choreography, stage fighting, singing, and more.
Both professional and casual cosplayers spend years honing their costuming skills, and some even go as far as learning metalworking or engineering techniques to better reflect their favorite characters’ attire. These dedicated artists don their innovative handiwork proudly at meetups and conventions all over the world.
The exhibition is free and open to the public. The exhibition will run from September 9 through November 3 and will be open to the public during regular JICC hours, 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday. The JICC will be closed on September 5, September 23, and October 10.