Costume play is not limited to specific costumes or themes. Instead, it’s an opportunity for people to dress up like their favorite characters from movies, comic books, cartoon shows, etc. Many of those who participate in cosplay their roles seriously and attempt to recreate a real-life version of their personal favorite moguls. Along with props and makeup comes the attire, and that is where the importance of material and fabric use come in.
Someone who wants to depict the Joker, for example, is not going to wear a latex suit. But that does not mean the get-up is restricted to what is usually portrayed. Nephrite, a character from an anime show called “Sailor Moon,” is a good model of how dexterous fabrics can be in costume-making. In the cartoon, Nephrite looks to be wearing a cloth-oriented suit. Because his wardrobe is subtle in colors and tone, black snakeskin would work fairly well as Nephrite’s top piece.
Snakeskin is usually connected to adjectives like “thick,” or “rough,” but those descriptions don’t apply to the whole. There is snakeskin that is thinner, flexible, has a duller finish, and patterns that are embossed rather than printed. Stretch ability varies, it’s not costly, and it would be something different to fool with.
Cosplay encourages unique costumes or add-ons, too. The evil Spiderman, whose colors are black and silver, could have a suit made from light gray snakeskin, or even have the head piece, if separate, styled from reptilian pattern. A personal twist is always an admirable touch.
Snakeskin is actually a flexible fabric if used creatively. Combinations can be made from its physical qualities to its symbolic ones. There doesn’t seem to be a genre that it cannot work with or around.