Cosplay , short for "costume play", is a type of performance art whose participants outfit themselves, with often-elaborate costumes and accessories, as a specific character. Characters are usually sourced in various Japanese and East Asian media, including manga, anime, tokusatsu, comic books, graphic novels, video games, and fantasy movies. Other sources include performers from J-pop, J-rock, Visual Kei, fantasy music stories (such as stories by the band Sound Horizon), novels, and objects from cyberspace or the real world that are unique and dramatic (especially if they have or can be given an anthropomorphic form). This is the definition given in Wikipedia about this worldwide phenomenon where mainly young people choose to wear very elaborated outfits that have nothing to do with traditional outfits.
Rael who visits Japan at the moment, after seeing some of them in the famous Harajuku area commented:
Cosplay is a wonderful trend which helps people get out of conventions, tradition and the dictatorial and intolerant "good taste" concept. It’s so good to see in the streets of Tokyo, thousands of young people everyday wearing it and great that it starts also in many other countries.
May be finally the "good taste" dictatorship of the ugly 3 piece suit and neck tie for men and of the Chanel "tailleur" for women, which both were imposed to the world for more than a century, will finally disappear and be replaced by fantasies, color and creativity like it was the case for thousand of years all over the world.
When people express themselves through clothes with original colors and shapes and stop conforming to a unique model of almost military uniformity, then the world can become a much more peaceful place and each human being reinforce his own creativity . It’s time for the whole world to abandon the European ugly 3 pieces suite and necktie which were mainly imposed through colonialism, and rediscover their much more beautiful and colorful traditional clothing.”
Rael is quite an example in this domain as he chose to design and wear his own costume, despite the numerous attempts to ridicule him because of that. He also teaches Raelians to wear what they please and to not be afraid of expressing who they are, including with what they wear.
Rael added: “Already in Africa more and more people are abandoning the European dresses to go back to the colorful traditional African attires. It is the same in Asia where the kimonos have always been the most beautiful dresses in the world making the European 3 pieces suit looks ridiculous. Finally thanks to young generations it may be the beginning of the end of the ugliest fashion of all times: the European suit for men.
Be yourself and do everything you can to stay away from "good taste" which is just a normalization denying other people the right to have different taste , or just to BE different .http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosplay