1
Posted January 24, 2014 by Amy in Books
 
 

Undressing the Art of Playing Dress Up (Book) Review

9780764345685
9780764345685

Cosplay Deviants wow with a photo book featuring the art of dressing up…and dressing down.

Cosplay is an obsession for many. If you truly love a character, be it from your favorite game or you some other medium, paying homage by dressing as them seems a logical next step (particularly for those who just love costumes and a little bit of make believe). The popularity of fan conventions makes it even more desirable, as cosplayers find both an outlet for their creations and a welcoming group of like minded people to share their passions with.

Cosplay Deviants takes that concept to the next level (perhaps a bit heavier on the passion side of it), with their popular adult cosplay website. “Adult” in this case signifies more than just age – it’s a website for adults looking for a more risqué take on the whole cosplay experience. Considering the sultry nature of many a cosplay outfit, it isn’t a huge stretch – although one might wonder how one can call it cosplay if no clothes are involved. Whether you’re just a bit curious about that, or already a fan of the site, Undressing the Art of Playing Dress Up offers a ton of full-color photographs in the style Cosplay Deviants is known for.

The book is a hefty hardcover in a generous size, perfect for your coffee table or display, with a model that is clothed enough for Grandma visits on the cover. Other than a short (like not even half a page) forward by Edgar Munster, the promotions director for the site, there are no words in the book. Instead, it concentrates on full page photo layouts, separated into four different categories – The Girls of Gaming, Cuties of Comics & Cartoons, Adorable Ladies of Anime & Manga, and Sirens of Sci-Fi.

Each two page spread contains photos of a single model. One side typically contains a photo of her fully in costume, and then smaller photos of her in various states of undress, with a final photo depicting the model in the nude. While it is difficult to imagine a nude girl as fully participating in cosplay, there are typically some elements of the costume left on for all of the photos – a mask, prop, weapon, hat, or something along those lines. As the categories highlight, there are a variety of different characters depicted by the young female and almost exclusively Caucasian models, ranging from Velma to the Joker and everything in between. Some costumes are more subtle than others, and it’s here that a little bit of text would have gone a long way. Even just a title as to whom they are portraying would be nice without taking anything away from the photos. I also would have liked to see a bit more variety in the models – not all cosplayers are young white women.

Undressing the Art of Playing Dress Up is a full color photography book featuring attractive young models doing cosplay the Cosplay Deviants way. With dozens of pictures of cosplayers in (and out) of a variety of costumes, it’s a unique look at the passionate world of adult cosplay.  A little more in the way of descriptions would have been a welcome addition to the book, but those looking for a fully visual experience will not be disappointed.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)