Cosplay vs. Costume

So with the trend of cosplay posts it got me thinking about what the differences between cosplay and costume are and where the line between the two are drawn or if their is even a line between the two. This also has to do with the fact that I'm thinking of constructing a set of riot gear from Fallout New Vegas with my own twist on the art work that will be on parts of the outfit.

Now this is where I'm really confused, I have basically a back story for the outfit that ties loosely to facets of the lore for the fallout series, so this makes me think it would be called a cosplay at least in a loose sense. But there are a lot of people who would call it a costume because it isn't a copy of something that is actually in the game.

So, I'm wondering what your thoughts are on what you would consider the difference between a costume and a cosplay and where the line between the two is drawn or if you think there is even a line to be drawn.

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    if it's well done and based heavily on a pre existing set(character, armor, etc.) then it's a cosplay. I believe artwork can make or break a set, pics of your artwork or something similar would really help to decide. a pink set of armor is probably out, im just saying
    if it's well done and based loosely on a pre existing set or not based on anything at all, it's a costume.
    if it's not well done(paper mask with string type) and based "heavily" on a pre existing set it's a costume
    and if it's bought for little kids around Halloween it's a costume

    that's my take on it anyways. as i'm a huge fan of the fallout series id love to see pics when you're done

    • January 2, 2014, 10:35 am
    These are the basic references I'll be going by. For the stencils for the individual parts of the mask I'll be using modified pepakura prints. I'll try to get pictures up of the unfinished and final points of the project when I get to those points.

    Actually using polypropylene sheeting of the same width not polystyrene.
    - triclebickle January 3, 2014, 3:18 am
    so the only thing you're really changing the the chest piece and it's just cutting it down to one design and making that a starts and stripes thing? and putting a number on the mask?

    definitely consider it a cosplay at this point, i've always wanted to get around to trying my hand at it but i just get sidetracked with everything else, fixing the bikes, restoring old cars, and i'm doing a scratch build rifle too now...
    - MIKYTEY January 3, 2014, 9:10 am
    Yeah really just minor design changes to the chest piece design by replacing the fist with the old world america design from lonesome road and the 07 refers to the northwest commonwealth. Along with things like a stimpak holder for the left leg, toyed around with the idea of putting some great khan faces on the back for kills as a nod to their leaving to Idaho (which is in the northwest commonwealth) as one of the ending facets of the game, just generally small details that add to the outfit.

    I wanted to try my hand at it now since I may be going to the San Diego comicon in July, which if it looks good I get to show it off and if it doesn't then it'll be something I can improve on overtime. Good luck on your rifle build though, what setup are you going with?
    - triclebickle January 3, 2014, 12:37 pm
    i'm doing a basic AR-15 setup with quality parts. DTI, CMMG, VLTOR, Magpul, etc. doin a mid-length setup since i've already got a SIG in a carbine format. also wanted a complete lower since my SIG has different takedown pin locations so i can do the .50 bolt action upgrade(ex. in a couple years
    - MIKYTEY January 3, 2014, 2:33 pm
    looks like that's make one nice rifle when it's done.
    - triclebickle January 4, 2014, 2:29 am
    yeah, another 5 years and $2500 till it's a .50 finish and only another $500 till it's an AR finish
    - MIKYTEY January 4, 2014, 12:04 pm
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    I always considered cosplay as: dressing and behaving like a character from any form of entertainment.
    while a costume is simply dressing like a character or something you are not. while still acting like yourself.

    Cosplay: someone dresses like capt. jack sparrow, and acts like johnny depp from the movie.

    Costume: simply dressing like jack sparrow and going to a party/other location.

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