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Joint Statement from Anime Los Angeles 2007 Masquerade and Hall Cosplay Competition staff.

Equal enforcement of the masquerade rules is the cornerstone of fair competition.

Entry number 20, "Stephane Kohlwey" has been disqualified from the Anime Los Angeles 2007 masquerade competition for violating the rules, and her Workmanship Award for "Excellence in Leather Bodice Work" is hereby revoked.

Rule #1 of the masquerade is All contestants must be attending members of Anime Los Angeles. If the maker and presenter are different people, both must be attending members. Purchased and rented costumes may not be entered.

The bodice and skirt combo that was the most prominent piece of clothing in the entry was purchased from "Leg Avenue Costumes" and is their "FAUX LEATHER UNDERWIRE LACE UP SIDE BUSTIEA LONG GOWN" (sic). We have decided that adding streamers to the skirt and a line of trim to the bottom of the bodice were not significant enough modifications to comply with the rules.

Since the workmanship award was specifically for work on the bodice, we contacted the workmanship judges. They stated that the entrant had claimed the bodice as her own work.

neo_serenity, head of Hall Cosplay Awards, received the same complaint and requested the results of our investigation, which we provided. Because the contestant also misrepresented the bodice to neo_serenity as her own work, her Hall Cosplay Award has been revoked too.


entry #20 entry #20
Official photograph of Entry #20
FAUX LEATHER UNDERWIRE LACE UP SIDE BUSTIEA LONG GOWN. Leg Avenue "FAUX LEATHER UNDERWIRE LACE UP SIDE BUSTIEA LONG GOWN."
This can be found on "page 12" of the "Fairy Tale" section of the Leg Avenue Costumes website.

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marquesate
Feb. 1st, 2007 11:24 pm (UTC)
*sigh* You poor chaps. Have a hug, what a nasty mess this seems to be.
britgeekgrrl
Feb. 1st, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC)
*Blink*

*Blink*

She... claimed...it... as... her... work?

*Blink*

(personally, I'd never want to claim the shoddy, usually ill-fitting stuff that Leg Avenue churns out as my work, as I'm pretty sure that a 12 year old could do better, but that's just me)

Man, I'm sorry y'all are having such icky outbursts of, um, ick. *waves the pompoms for fairness and honesty and even-handedness*
bovil
Feb. 1st, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
We'll have a drink at Galli and I'll let you know what I haven't published.
esprix
Feb. 2nd, 2007 02:51 am (UTC)
Copy me on that conversation. :P
danjite
Feb. 2nd, 2007 03:01 am (UTC)
Alas, I'd enjoy hearing of the train crash too, but shant be there.
djmermaid
Feb. 2nd, 2007 12:27 am (UTC)
yeah, what britgeekgirl said. dag. here is hoping this is the last of it!

man, these cheaters - they take a thankless task and make it even moreso. is this normal in the world of anime cons? (I know very little about the con-o-sphere, I have been to 4 FCs and I know the founder of Pantheacon, and that's as far as it goes for me.)
cmdrsuzdal
Feb. 2nd, 2007 12:34 am (UTC)
Well to be fair, it did win a workmanship award.

But suckage all around, here's to no more surprises :/
karisu_sama
Feb. 2nd, 2007 02:40 am (UTC)
For a "first-time sewing class", what was achieved in that costume, given the difficulty level of such a design for a presumably rank beginner, would have deserved a Workmanship award.

Yes, it certainly had Issues I would never deem acceptable in MY costumes, but I compete in rather a different division. :p

(Some issues: uneven zipper side matching and attachment to skirt work, really basic beginner-quality hemming without knowing the neatness "tricks" that come from experience...)

So yeah, we're not exactly praising Leg Avenue's work with the award here. For a commercial product presumably produced by professional factory sewers, its quality is... not something I'd spend my money on.
cmdrsuzdal
Feb. 2nd, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
Aha! That totally makes sense.

I totally buy their stockings all the time though ;)
karisu_sama
Feb. 2nd, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
(personally, I'd never want to claim the shoddy, usually ill-fitting stuff that Leg Avenue churns out as my work, as I'm pretty sure that a 12 year old could do better, but that's just me)

Well, she was in the novice category, and the, uh, quality level of the costume was not inconsistent with the sewing class project she claimed it to be. :p

The blatant lying to my face though - I am. Not. Thrilled. *restrains self from more complete expression of my feelings.*
britgeekgrrl
Feb. 2nd, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC)
Well, she was in the novice category, and the, uh, quality level of the costume was not inconsistent with the sewing class project she claimed it to be. :p

Good point.

The blatant lying to my face though

*nods* Indeed, the sheer chutzpah is breath-taking.

I was hoping that maybe, just maybe, the gal didn't quite understand the difference between modifying an extant item and making it oneself but, er, a person would have to be pretty daft to be *that* confused... And to hear that she told you it was a project for her sewing class? Never mind, she's not confused, just ballsy.

'tis people like that who take the fun out of it for everyone else involved. :-P
yourbob
Feb. 1st, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
sympathy
seamstrix
Feb. 1st, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
Oh my.


Oh....my.....


Oh my.


*HUGS*
jaylake
Feb. 2nd, 2007 02:37 am (UTC)
You guys have way too much drama in the cos world.
karisu_sama
Feb. 2nd, 2007 02:42 am (UTC)
Maybe one problem is the GOH this year produces a mag. called "Dramacon".... :p :p
esprix
Feb. 2nd, 2007 02:53 am (UTC)
Wow. So sorry you had to deal with all this. But you're being fair, and that's what matters.
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