The D23 Expo encourages guests to come in costume and one of the fun things to do is wander around and see all the people who dress up. There is a lot of creativity and artistry involved in those costume - you don't see people dressed in costumes they bought at a costume shop!
By the way - thank you to everyone who allowed us to take their photo!
This year for the first time the D23 Expo held a costume contest: Heroes and Villains a la Mode. Guests were competing for one of five Edna Mode (The Incredibles' costume designer) trophies. There were five categories: Best Craftsmanship, Best Re-creation, Original Design, Best Young Fan, and Best in Show.
On Friday morning contestants could sign up for the costume, and there was some pre-judging done, because only 40 entries made it to the final costume contest on Friday afternoon. (This was held in Stage 23, and there was PLENTY of room - lots of empty seats.) A number of people who didn't make the final cut were in the audience...and there were some pretty incredible costumes that were left out!
The judges were Mona May, costumer designer for "Enchanted", Jai Rodriguez, from "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and Devon Odessa, from "My So-Called Life". The contestants came out from backstage where they posed behind this shadow screen, then came out and took a turn on the runway before going over to let the judges have a better look.
Mona May is a costumer designer, so she was especially interested in seeing the costumes up close. She asked lots of questions about the costumes and made some very complimentary remarks. One of the best moments was seeing the two people who came out dressed as Giselle and Prince Edward - costumes that Mona had originally designed. They didn't know that Mona would be one of the judges, and she seemed impressed by their re-creation of her design. (They eventually won the Best Craftsmanship award.)
After all the contestants had come out the judges had to leave to deliberate, and that left the host with time to fill, and apparently no one had considered what to do with that. Some of the other costumed people came up on stage and that helped fill in some of the time.
When the judges came back all of the contestants came out and we got a final look at them. There were some really great costumes - I was very impressed by the Hat Box Ghost (and amazed that it didn't win anything).
Lee has put together a video of the Costume Contest, below I have some additional still photos that Lee or I took.
I was surprised this didn't win for Original Design:
And this one was really well-done:
Three generations in this group!
All of the winners:
Best Re-Creation (this was really gorgeous):
See elsewhere at the Expo:
Great use of a wheelchair!
They have a few kinks to work out of the costume contest, but I hope it will be back - it was fun to watch. Congratulations to all of the participants - there was really some incredible creativity and craftsmanship in all of the costumes.
The previous post in this blog was D23 Expo 2013 - Day 3.
The next post in this blog is D23 Expo 2013: Welcome Back My Friends, to the Show That Never Ends.