Ever wanted to know anything about me or the origins of the blog? Here’s your chance to find out, and I’ll add more as I get them!
Why the fixation with dressing like Alice?
Here’s how I describe it to people. I’ve been cosplaying for a number of years now; my very first official costume, which I debuted at Anime North in Toronto, was Chii from Chobits. I’ve loved a great deal of movies, shows, and books with large fandoms — Harry Potter, Sailor Moon, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, for instance — but I’ve never been apart of those fandoms the way I have with Twilight. In fact, Twilight is probably my first real fandom experience, and I wanted to really immerse myself in it. Dressing as Alice and representing Twilight at conventions seemed like a natural way to combine my love for costuming with my love for Twilight.
Stylistically, though, I also dress very similarly to the way Alice is portrayed in the films. The difference was always in the quality of what we buy. When I first began cosplaying as Alice, I was a poor student who tended to shop at H&M and other clothing stores in a similar price range. Alice, as we know, wears designer fare that was essentially the more expensive, higher quality version of my own fashion sensibilities. Seeing her clothing exposed me to things that I would, in most cases, have worn anyway if I had the money to regularly look at clothing Marc Jacobs or Diane von Furstenberg. When I buy her clothes, I stick to things that I would wear anyway as part of my own wardrobe — and then try to find them for as cheaply as possible!
Do you think you look like Alice? You don’t really think you are her, right?
I don’t think I look a thing like Ashley Greene, but I do share the slight frame, very pale skin, and spiked black hair that Alice is described as having in the books. Do I make a perfect Alice? Of course not. But when I’m wearing the costumes, contacts, and choker, I think I do a passable job. And no, I don’t really think I’m a fictional character! We have some similar personality traits, but I’m definitely not claiming to be the “real life” Alice Cullen.
Have you ever been to Forks?
I have! I was there in December 2010 with Christilynn of Inside Bella’s Closet, as well as for Stephenie Meyer Day 2013 and 2014, then Forever Twilight in Forks 2015. Outside of Forks, I’ve portrayed Alice for two events in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Where do you get the money to dress like Alice?
I’m by no means rich, if that’s what you’re asking; I wish a had a Cullen-sized bank account. My Diane von Furstenberg dress was actually a gift from my older brother; he bought it for me to wear to my university graduation. Everything else has been bought with money that I’ve earned through various jobs and internships, and through donations from some very generous friends online. Ebay is a magical thing, by the way — I’ve found a lot of Alice’s pieces cheaply through it.
Do you use your own hair or a wig? What would you recommend?
In many instances, my hair is my own! I’ve dyed it black for a number of years — it used to be pink — and I had the “Alice” hair style from Twilight for about two years. It was a style that I actually sported back in high school and went back to after deciding that I needed to cut my hair short after all the damage that had been done to it. On a typical morning, it took about 20 minutes to half an hour to style it, using a flat iron and a lot of hair spray. As something of a warning, it’s not a glamorous cut when it’s not styled, and it can be difficult to maintain in the heat of the summer. I would never suggest cutting your hair solely to dress as Alice, so unless it’s a style that you genuinely want for yourself, I’d suggest finding a nice wig.
These days, I have three wigs that I use to portray Alice: One for Twilight and New Moon, one for Eclipse, one for Breaking Dawn, and one shorter, flapper-style wig.