Joint Statement from Anime Los Angeles 2007 Masquerade and Hall Cosplay Competition staff.
Equal enforcement of the masquerade rules is the cornerstone of fair competition.
Entry number 20, "Stephane Kohlwey" has been disqualified from the Anime Los Angeles 2007 masquerade competition for violating the rules, and her Workmanship Award for "Excellence in Leather Bodice Work" is hereby revoked.
Rule #1 of the masquerade is All contestants must be attending members of Anime Los Angeles. If the maker and presenter are different people, both must be attending members. Purchased and rented costumes may not be entered.
The bodice and skirt combo that was the most prominent piece of clothing in the entry was purchased from "Leg Avenue Costumes" and is their "FAUX LEATHER UNDERWIRE LACE UP SIDE BUSTIEA LONG GOWN" (sic). We have decided that adding streamers to the skirt and a line of trim to the bottom of the bodice were not significant enough modifications to comply with the rules.
Since the workmanship award was specifically for work on the bodice, we contacted the workmanship judges. They stated that the entrant had claimed the bodice as her own work.
neo_serenity, head of Hall Cosplay Awards, received the same complaint and requested the results of our investigation, which we provided. Because the contestant also misrepresented the bodice to neo_serenity as her own work, her Hall Cosplay Award has been revoked too.
Official photograph of Entry #20
|Leg Avenue "FAUX LEATHER UNDERWIRE LACE UP SIDE BUSTIEA LONG GOWN."
This can be found on "page 12" of the "Fairy Tale" section of the Leg Avenue Costumes website.