Costuming and Cosplay are a cornerstone of CONvergence culture, but are NOT mandatory. You do not need a costume to enjoy the convention, but should you choose to wear one, this page will help you make the most of your costuming at CONvergence! Be sure to also check out Art of the Dress, CONvergence’s costume and couture fashion show, and the Masquerade, CONvergence’s costume contest!
Types of Costuming
Most costumes at CONvergence fall into one of two general categories:
- Hall Costumes: These are costumes worn just for fun while attending the convention, often for long spans of time. They vary in scope and craftsmanship, from lifelike recreations of characters to costumes bought off the rack at Halloween, and pretty much everything in between. There is no right or wrong when it comes to hall costumes!
- Masquerade Costumes: These are costumes that are worn in the Masquerade, and are usually held up to competitive craftsmanship standards. Often Masquerade costumes are only designed to be worn for short periods of time, favoring the “Wow!” factor over practical considerations.
Of course, there is some crossover between the two types of costumes. A member may choose to enter their hall costume into the Masquerade, just as they may choose to wear their Masquerade costume in the halls!
Photos of Costumes
CONvergence Photography has many, many photos of costumed individuals available on the official CONvergence Flickr. While you’re at the convention, be sure to stop by the Photo Booth to get your photo taken!
Things to Consider
Here are some things to keep in mind while planning your costume for CONvergence:
- Pockets/Storage: You’ll want a means to carry your ID, money, phone, and possibly more. If your costume does not have room for pockets, figure out an alternate way to carry your things ahead of time, such as a bag that goes with your costume.
- Footprint of Costume: CONvergence can be crowded, so much so that large costume elements such as wings or hoop skirts will become cumbersome. This is especially true in the party areas. Making these things collapsible or with smaller alternatives for the more crowded times is a very good idea to ensure you will be able to move around easily!
- Comfort: July in Minnesota is downright balmy, and despite air conditioning, parts of the hotel can get awfully warm when the crowds are large. Keep this in mind when designing your costume so that you don’t overheat!
- Shoes: Heels may seem like a great idea, but your feet will be sore before the end of the day. If you are set on wearing heels, invest in some high quality insoles and bring along some flat shoes that would work with your costume just in case.
- Federal, State & Local Laws: It’s important to adhere to Federal, State & Local laws regarding what needs to be covered. Bloomington, MN City Code prohibits public nudity, defined as “the showing of the human male or female genitals or pubic area with less than a fully opaque covering; the showing of the female breast with less than a fully opaque covering of any portion thereof below a point immediately above the top of the areola; or the depiction or showing of the covered male genitals in a discernibly turgid state.” See the CONvergence Costumes/Clothing Policy for more information. If you have any questions about how these laws and policies are respected and enforced at CONvergence, please contact CONvergence Operations.
- Prop Weapons: Make sure to get your prop weapons peace-bonded by visiting The Bridge when you arrive at the convention. Please see the CONvergence Weapons & Props Policies for information on what prop weapons are and are not allowed. If you have any questions about prop weapons at CONvergence, please contact CONvergence Operations.
Costumes are not Consent!
In 2012, CONvergence launched an awareness campaign to remind everyone that wearing a costume is not an invitation for harassment of any kind. Read over the CONvergence Harassment Policy for more information on the campaign and what to do if you are feeling harassed.
Many costumers choose to enter the CONvergence Masquerade, an annual costume contest and chance to show off your work on stage! Costumers of all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to participate in the Masquerade! Check out the Masquerade page for more information!
Art of the Dress
If you are looking for an opportunity display your costume on stage without competing in the Masquerade, you may want to check out CONvergence’s Art of the Dress Costume and Couture Show.