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Costume or fancy dress is the distinctive style of dress of a particular people, class, or period. A costume can be a particular style of clothing worn to portray the wearer as a character or type of character other than their regular persona at a social event such as a masquerade, a fancy dress party or in a theatre performance.


Cosplay, a word of Japanese origin that's short for "costume play", is a performance art in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea that is usually always identified with a unique name (as opposed to a generic word). These costume wearers often interact to create a subculture centered on role play, so most time they can be seen in a play group, gathering or convention. A significant amount of these kinds costumes may be originally designed or homemade and unique, depending on the character, idea, or object the costumer wearer is attempting to imitate or represent. The costumes themselves are often artistically judged to how well they represent the subject or object that the costume wearer is attempting to contrive.


Holidays and festivals A traditional, European-style Santa suitThe wearing of costumes has become an important part of such holidays and festivals as Mardi Gras and Halloween (see Halloween costume for more information), and (to a lesser extent) people may also wear costumes in conjunction with other holidays, such as Christmas and Easter. Mardi Gras costumes usually take the form of jesters and other fantasy characters, while Halloween costumes traditionally take the form of supernatural creatures such as ghosts, vampires, pop culture icons and angels. In modern times Halloween costumes sometimes also include fashion show type costumes. Christmas and Easter costumes typically portray mythical characters such as Santa Claus (by donning a santa suit and beard) or the Easter Bunny by putting on an animal costume. Costumes may serve to portray various other characters during secular holidays, such as an Uncle Sam costume worn on the Independence day for example.

In Judaism, a common practice is to dress up on Purim. The Jews celebrate the change of their destiny. They were delivered from being the victims of an evil decree against them and were instead allowed by the King to destroy their enemies. A quote from the Book of Esther, which says: "On the contrary" (hebrew: ונהפוך הוא ) is the reason that wearing a costume has become so popular among the Jews on this holiday.

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Kylo Ren Costume Cosplay
Posted: April 5, 2016
Reviewer: Markus
I bought this Xcoser "Kylo Ren Costume Updated Version Deluxe Adult Star Wars Hooded Robe Costume with Gloves Belt The Force Awakens Cosplay". This qualitiy at this price? AMAZING!The costume is really heavy, i like it! My costum made kylo costume fits really well! The hood on this costume is really big. You can hide your helmet easily. Only 3 weeks to germany, custome made, nice nice nice!
Dead Pool Costume Cosplay
Reviewer: JuanO
So i ordered the Deadpool mask that comes with this suit after getting a half quality one from cosplay sky. The level of love, detail and simplicity is rivaled by no other cosplay site. That's a fact. The mask itself has a faceshell helmet that can very easily be formed to fit your head as it is PVC plastic. The fabric over the helmet is the nicest quality faux leather ive seen yet with damn fine stitching to boot. This mask is my new favorite cosplay item hands down. I will definately keep doing business with XCOSER in the near future. One flaw i noticed was the "lack of zipper". It would help putting the mask on and taking it off. No other issues beyond that.
Black Panther Helmet Cosplay
Reviewer: Andrew Villanueva
I was afraid it would be too small for my head, I have a larger head and a lot of hair, but I got the mask today and it fits prefect, easy to get on, a little snug but doesn't move at all when I move, it has padding inside so if you have a larger head, then you can probably take some padding out for the perfect fit. The led eyes look amazing, hard to see out of in the dark with the eyes lit up, but you can turn them off and see perfectly, then turn them back on when in a brighter place. Amazing detail, and perfect mask
Arrow Costume Cosplay 
Reviewer: Nick
What a fantastic costume, the second you open the package, you know you made the right investment. I'm 5'8 and got the same size according to the chart and the suit fits perfectly. Its snug in all the right places. Quality stitching and craftsmanship. The quality of quiver is very good,strongly recommended to Green Arrow fans!!!

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