COVID Alert

Everyone attending Arisia'23 will have to be masked and fully vaccinated for COVID-19, including the bivalent booster, by January 3rd. For details, see the COVID statement page.

Masquerade

Masquerade duo enacting a scene

The Masquerade is a costume showcase and display of creativity by your fellow convention members. Entrants may dress as anything interesting and fun so long as they can motor themselves across the stage and back. You'll find a variety of BEMs (Bug Eyed Monsters), Transformers, faeries, royals, dragons, cosplayers (anime-inspired costumes), movie and TV characters, and just plain silly people in costume. This is a judged event and is a highlight of Arisia. If you're not part of the show, come cheer on your fellow fen. All entries are judged in one of four separate categories (Young Fan, Novice, Journeyman, and Master/Craftsman) to give everyone a fair chance.

The Masquerade will probably be Sunday night at 8 PM.

Masquerade Rules

Please read all the Masquerade Rules before signing up.

Arisia uses the skill division set up by the International Costumers' Guild. If you are unsure what division you should compete in, please read the Skills Division section of the Masquerade Rules. Please contact the Masquerade Director (@email) with any questions.

Halftime Entertainment

After the costume presentations are done, and while our esteemed judges are off determining the awards for the evening, our entrants are given the option to participate in the Tactile Masquerade in the hallway, which allows attendees to get an up close view of the costumes. Inside the ballroom our halftime acts will entertain you until the judges return for the awards presentation.

We will announce the halftime acts here once they have been selected.

 

2023 Masquerade Winners

Young Fan

Workmanship

Best Creation – Princess Mononoke – Lilit Shabry-Lichter
Best Material Manipulation – Xornoth – Trice Eliet
Most Masterful Use of Technique – Lord of the Rings – Devorah and Arin Martin

Presentation

Most Beautiful – Princess Mononoke – Lilit Shabry-Lichter
Bringer of Evil – Xornoth – Trice Eliet
Best presentation – Lord of the Rings – Devorah and Arin Martin

Novice

Workmanship

Best Artistic Realization -- Doubtful Guest  – Rowan Parker
Best Original Character -- Telo Rodo – Claire Maiocco
Best Embroidery -- Alina Starkov – Gabriella Lipsitch
Best in Class – Arcane Enemies – Lucy and Vera Backman

Presentation

Honorable Mention -- Nazuna Hiwatasha – Deer Princess Cosplay
Best Audience Capture -- Figueroth Faeth –  captainswan618
Best Choreography -- Telo Rodo – Claire Maiocco
Most Humorous -- The Doubtful Guest  – Rowan Parker
Best in Class – Arcane Enemies – Lucy and Vera Backman

Journeyman

Workmanship

Best Original Character -- Rosie the Maple Moth – Locomania
Best Armor -- Blaidd the Half Wolf – VulpireCosplay
Best Attention to Detail -- Sorin Markov – Matrix Vampyre
Best Effective Use of Materials -- Fire Lord Azula – Inevitable Betrayal Cosplay
Best in Class – Lolita Korok – Kirkette Cosplay

Presentation

Honorable Mention -- Lolita Korok – Kirkette Cosplay
Best Anime Recreation -- Lemillion – Theresa Pereira
Best Interpretation -- Sorin Markov –  Matrix Vampyre
Best Recreation -- Fire Lord Azula  – Inevitable Betrayal Cosplay
Best in Class – The Magic of Technicolor – Raven Stern, Julia Rampone

Craftsman/Master

Workmanship

Best Approach to Practicality – Bayonetta – Michelle Light
Best in Class – Shadowcat – Jean Colley

Presentation

Best in Class – Bayonetta – Michelle Light

Best in Show

Workmanship

Magic of Technicolor – Raven Stern, Julia Rampone

Presentation

Blaidd the Half Wolf – VulpireCosplay