Cosplay: Techniques for Costume Design and Fabrication


Have you ever wanted to cosplay with the best of them at Armageddon, Oz Comic Con, PAX or Supanova? Do you dream of winning best costume at the office Halloween or Christmas party? Do you just want to look better in armour? Learn a range of fabrication and design techniques that will take your costume from 'pretty cool' to 'screen accurate' and beyond. Ideal for Dress-up party nuts!

Course content

  • EVA foam: how to seal and paint it, how to heat-form it
  • Worbla: strengthening armour and making other small costume pieces with this exciting thermoplastic
  • Weathering: painting, dyeing, and making your costume look like you really did fight at Helm's Deep (etc).
  • Hair & make-up overview: including tips for heat styling Kanekalon wigs, and how to stop your makeup sliding off on the convention floor

Ideal for

Aspiring or beginner costumers and cosplayers: people thinking of attending their first pop culture convention. Dress-up party nuts!

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After completing this course students should feel confident applying the various techniques they’ve learned to an upcoming costume event.


Basic hand sewing or crafting skills would be helpful.

Materials supplied

All relevant course materials are included.

Materials to bring

Sketchbook, plastic pocket folder for samples, scissors, pens and pencils.


Participants will be emailed an RMIT Statement of Participation on course completion.

Additional notes

This course is delivered in the newly renovated fabrication workshop at the School of Fashion and Textiles, Brunswick Campus. For health & safety reasons, students need to wear closed toe shoes, no thongs or sandals and long hair is to be tied back and no long necklaces or scarves worn during class.


Clementine Bastow

A journalist and screenwriter by day, Clem Bastow spends her spare time making her next great costume. Clem caught the cosplay bug at an early age when she won a large chocolate hamper for her 1987 'Book Week' costume (Red Riding Hood) at Primary School. Since then, she's carved out a reputation as a dedicated cosplayer with a near-obsessive interest in "screen accuracy".

After attending Fashion Design at RMIT, she later diversified, studying millinery with Liza Stedman, leatherwork and Sheridan-style tooling with Western leatherwork legends Al Gould and Chan Geer, and textile effects for costume at Central Saint Martins in London with Game Of Thrones specialist textiles designer Arantza Vilas. Clem has attended many conventions and in 2012 won Nerdist's Best Science Fiction Costume award at San Diego Comic-Con for her Effie Trinket Hunger Games ensemble. Her dream costume is Sarris from Galaxy Quest.

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