Photographer Daniele Mattioli is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography. From the ongoing project ‘Cosplayer in China’. To see Daniele’s body of work, click on any image.
Costume play (Cosplay) is a rapidly diversifying, yet still largely underground culture in urban China. The concept was first created by students in Japan, who dress up in meticulously created, hand-made costumes and perform animated sci-fi comic scenes in cafes, clubs and special competitions.
In China, young Cosplayers – who are mostly in their twenties – have adapted the original Japanese anime theme and added in distinctive Chinese historic and mythical imagery and characterizations.Cosplay in China is particularly strong among university students and young graduates, and has become an online phenomenon, with single children meeting and making friends on the Internet and then dressing up in each other’s houses and at small competitions at weekends.
All images and text © Daniele Mattioli
By Daniele Mattioli
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