Fantasy meets good style

Singapore's most avid cosplayers model some of Fall/Winter 2020's key runway looks

Yosuke wears a Coach X Jean-Michel Basquiat Coach 1941 cotton trenchcoat and Salvatore Ferragamo wool-blend shirt and leather boots. (Left) Kai wears a Prada cotton shirt, a Sportmax silk turtleneck and metal sunglasses with clip-on chain from Gentle
Yosuke wears a Coach X Jean-Michel Basquiat Coach 1941 cotton trenchcoat and Salvatore Ferragamo wool-blend shirt and leather boots. PHOTOGRAPHY: STEFAN KHOO, ASSISTED BY ALIF STYLING: DA MIAN HUANG, ASSISTED BY JAMIE LEE HAIR: SEAN ANG MAKE-UP: WEE MING
Yosuke wears a Coach X Jean-Michel Basquiat Coach 1941 cotton trenchcoat and Salvatore Ferragamo wool-blend shirt and leather boots. (Left) Kai wears a Prada cotton shirt, a Sportmax silk turtleneck and metal sunglasses with clip-on chain from Gentle
Kai wears a Prada cotton shirt, a Sportmax silk turtleneck and metal sunglasses with clip-on chain from Gentle Monster.
Yosuke wears a Coach X Jean-Michel Basquiat Coach 1941 cotton trenchcoat and Salvatore Ferragamo wool-blend shirt and leather boots. (Left) Kai wears a Prada cotton shirt, a Sportmax silk turtleneck and metal sunglasses with clip-on chain from Gentle
Yosuke wears a Versace wool coat.
Maoru with a nylon bag and wearing an organza dress, matching collar with plastic beads, silk bra, matching leggings and brass headband.
Maoru with a nylon bag and wearing an organza dress, matching collar with plastic beads, silk bra, matching leggings and brass headband.
Yosuke wears a Coach X Jean-Michel Basquiat Coach 1941 cotton trenchcoat and Salvatore Ferragamo wool-blend shirt and leather boots. (Left) Kai wears a Prada cotton shirt, a Sportmax silk turtleneck and metal sunglasses with clip-on chain from Gentle
Kuroba wears a Max Mara wool jacket and Gentle Monster metal sunglasses.
Yosuke wears a Coach X Jean-Michel Basquiat Coach 1941 cotton trenchcoat and Salvatore Ferragamo wool-blend shirt and leather boots. (Left) Kai wears a Prada cotton shirt, a Sportmax silk turtleneck and metal sunglasses with clip-on chain from Gentle

Cosplay - a portmanteau of costume and play - has a lot more in common with fashion than you might think. The parallels may not be immediately apparent, but both dabble in elements of fantasy and the power of dressing up.

Both trade in the idea of becoming somebody else. In fashion, we renew ourselves every season and year with the propositions and invitations from the runway. In cosplay, you step quite literally into the shoes of another character. Both achieve this through the transformative powers of how we look: our hair, make-up and outfits.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 06, 2020, with the headline 'Fantasy meets good style'. Subscribe