Cosplaying: Erik of the Phantom of the Opera

So I decided on one of my costumes for GenCon this year. Yeah, as if the title didn’t give it away.

 

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I was able to get the mask from a Halloween store last year. The mask was nice, but it didn’t fit quite right. Part of the problem with it is that it’s plastic. Both sides plastic. I couldn’t wear it for more than 3 or 4 minutes without it getting all sweaty. If I’m going to cosplay as Erik, I have to make the mask my own and find a way to make it work.

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So in order to make the mask my own, I have to be able to make it look authentic and then be able to comfortably wear it. The mask Erik wears doesn’t look like plastic. It’s closer to porcelain. So that means, I have to be able to take the mask and make it look like it is made of a different material than it actually is. There’s a variety of paints out there that could do the trick. This will require research.

As for the problem with the sweat, I think there could be a way to line the inside of it with a thin cloth to collect the sweat. It could also help keep the mask steady on my face. Though it would beg the question how to get a cloth to comfortable fit onto the plastic.

I’m still trying to figure out what to wear with the mask. The hair’s easy enough… I’ll just slick it back. The rest of it could be a bit more difficult. Erik’s a snappy dresser for a creepy dude who stalks Christine in an opera house. I can’t just wing it with a nice shirt and pants. Every picture I’ve seen of Erik tells me that the dude knew how to dress.

So yeah, he wore black with a bit of it, but not all of it. One rendition has him in a tux while the other just flat out looks good! I figure I’ll have to hit the thrift store quite a bit of times to put together something that looks as good!

Not to worry about my Hercules cosplay. It’s still coming along. I’m just trying to expand and figure out what else I could do as well.

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