Interview with Ita-Dere

It’s time for another interview, this time with Ita-dere! She’s a lovely cosplayer from the Pacific Northwest in the United States, who enjoys creating group cosplay with friends!

Ita-Dere as Shego from Kim Possible, photo by Provos Cosplay

What is your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
My cosplay alias is Ita-dere and it’s a bit of a funny story on how I came up with it. So, originally I used to go by Ita-Hime which was my old tumblr URL for my pastel anime weeb blog. It was comprised of a shorten part of my last name “Ita” (sounded somewhat Japanese) and added the honorific “hime” or princess in Japanese. I decided to change it right after Sakuracon 2017 to Ita-dere. It’s a spin off on the character types like Yandere, Tsundere, Kuudere, etc. Since I don’t fit into those types, I’m my own type of dere.. “Itadere.” But last Sakuracon I learned there was a double meaning to the “Ita” part of my name. An “Ita” in the Lolita community is an insult meaning “ouch” basically just a major oof. But in my opinion I thought that was very descriptive of me. I find that my type of humor and who I am is a major “oof.”

How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I did my first cosplay back in January of 2014 but I seriously got into it consistently in late summer of 2015. So it’s been 3 1/2 years for me! As for what got me into cosplay,.. I actually have wanted to cosplay since I found out about it at 13. I used to look up Sailor Moon cosplays on Ebay and wish I could buy the outfits and wear them. But at the time, my family didn’t have a lot of money and was unable to afford it. So when I got old enough to have a job and go to my first convention, I decided to try out cosplay for the first time.

What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
I actually love doing foam work and styling wigs. I’m not the most amazing at it but I surely love it! It’s easy for me to imagine what I’m doing versus when I’m sewing.

Ita-Dere as Sailor Jupiter from Sailor Moon, photo by CosplayPNW

What are excited to be working with in the future and why?
I’m excited to be working on Claudia from the Dragon Prince, Velvet Crowe from Tales of Berseria and Grimmverse Yang from Dishwasher1910’s fan art of RWBY. They’re cosplays that I’m planning with some friends and man, do I love group cosplays!

What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
I love seeing detailing work done. Details can make a bland looking cosplay sparkle! Some cosplayers I can think of that do that are Naychansan Cosplay, Bakudannanacosplay on IG, Morning Mist Cosplay and Labinnak & Mangoloo cosplay!

What is your view of the cosplay scene?
I think the cosplay scene can be very welcoming but also has a lot of toxicity in the community as well. It all depends on who your friends are and who you choose to hang out with.

Ita-Dere as Lucoa from Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, photo by CosplayPNW

What are some of the things you want to see changed in the scene?
I would love to see the elitism stop. I have met a lot of people who have been very elite, people who tell you “you can’t cosplay.. do this or that”. Or that they tell you only what sucks about your cosplays. Also for people to stop being intimidated by people who cosplay a character you cosplay. People can cosplay the same character, no one owns these characters. Friends can cosplay the same character; it’s OKAY to share them.

What is some advice you could give to people starting to get into cosplay?
Research, research, research. There are lots of resources on the internet on how to start cosplaying, where to buy cosplays, and where to buy just anything for cosplay. Start out with cosplays that are easy and small… ease yourself into it. Don’t be like me and make a ball gown in 3 days with no sleep and lots of coffee.

What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
Some of my favorite cons are Anime Oasis and Anime Expo. Anime Expo is fun because there are just so many chances to meet people and try so many things. For Anime Oasis it’s a small con in Boise, ID but always has something to do and the community is tight!

Give a random fact about one of the costumes you’re proud of!
I’m really into hot anime boys and I think the cosplay I’m still most proud of is my Raven Branwen cosplay from RWBY!

Ita-Dere as Raven from RWBY, photo by CosplayPNW

Thanks for the interview, Ita-dere! You can check out her Facebook page here, her Instagram here, and her Twitter here!

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