Project Cosplay

It’s our wacky version of Project Runway.

Join fictional hosts Heidi Plume and Tim’s Gun as they lead teams of designers to create a new look for a group of models. Models, and a wild assortment of unusual construction materials provided. Teams of two people have approximately 45 minutes to build a complete look including props and accessories. In the end, who will be left standing on the runway and who will trod the walk of shame?

We recommend you leave grandma and the kids at home for this one. (NC17 humor)

This contest is a wilder, more cheeky bend on Cosplay. The following information, like the contest itself, is meant to be both informative and entertaining.

Contestants dash to the supplies table to be the first grab the good stuff.
Contestants dash to the supplies table to be the first grab the good stuff.


Project Cosplay Contest Rules
  • There is a limit of 8 designers (4 teams of 2), at the Director’s discretion and depending upon the “mix” of contestants. Pre selected models will be assigned to teams at the time of the event.
  • Individual presentations are limited to the materials provided by the event, you may NOT bring your own fabrics or use your own clothing, or clothing from your friends in the audience…. yes it gets that cut throat!
  • The contestants may use NO microphones. The emcees will occasionally ask questions regarding your design and will ask you to speak into their mics at that time.
  • All contestants must be over age 18. Please bring a valid state issued ID.
  • No full nudity allowed! As Dragon Con says: “No costume is NO COSTUME.” However, shocking or sexy costumes are fine and encouraged! This is adult programming and there will be profanity… lots of it.
  • There is no pre-judging session. This is a live construction contest, and the winner will be decided by the audience applause. The 2 hosts and “judging panel” are primarily there only to provide comic relief and to “read” your work. They have no votes in the final decision of the winner.
When: Saturday night at 10:00 pm. Where: The Marriott Marquis in rooms A601-A602, on the Atrium level.
Anyone over the age of 18 with a Dragon Con membership badge may participate. Be prepared to show it! …your badge, that is.
Come to the show. We will take the first 8 brave and creative people to step forward.
This contest is actually judged by audience applause. If it seems close we will ask people to stand and cheer. The audience loves people who are having a good time and providing entertainment. The more outrageous or amazing the costume the better your chance of winning!
The respect of weirdo’s everywhere, cool nerdy swag, and random things the organizers may find at a thrift store. Oh, you also get a very nice award plaque from Dragon Con that you can use to taunt the losing teams. (Kidding. It’s the swag that you use for taunting.)
We have no idea from year to year what our stage setting will be, but likely designers will be on floor level. It is typically the model that will be on an elevated stage and is asked to “walk the runway”.
YES! In fact if you’re not ok with having a million pictures taken you should probably not do this…. or anything at Dragon Con… or any con for that matter.
No – we are your new friends now. Like it.
Your host and emcee, comedian Candace Weslosky-Miller, will call your mother. -probably in front of the live audience. It's happened.
Contestants craft their costumes onto live models while emcees and "judges" comment.
Contestants craft their costumes onto live models while emcees and “judges” comment.