Clamp is known for many things. Shojo, cute stories and most of all the costumes. Chobits and Card Captor Sakura have been cosplay staples for as long as they have been around. I've looked at the Chobits artbook thousands of times and I'm sure I will a thousand times more. The details are amazing. Clamp's work is always cute and sometimes sexy. The news they would be releasing a wedding dress was awesomely exciting.
The dress has had some seriously mixed reactions. I love it. It's perfectly clamp. I want it so badly! For a wedding though? I'm not totally sure about that. I had to agree with some of the "what would my inlaws think" comments. If I could go back in time and have a sweet 16 at an anime convention this would be the perfect outfit. This is on the top of my dream buys at the moment. I couldn't find out where they were selling it or if they actually plan on mass producing it.
I was a little surprised they choose to go with a Card Captor Sakura theme. I think a Chobits or Tsubasa theme would have made more sense as the characters are older and more often then not wearing something resembling a wedding dress.
Regardless, I super love the fact that Clamp did this. I would LOVE if Clamp branched out into clothes. I would for sure try to get my hands on something from the line. I think they could totally do a collaboration with Angelic Pretty, Golds Infinity and Ma*rs. Gyaru model Himena would be perfect for it!
Seriously how has this not happened!?
Anime and wedding dresses just go together. Regardless of the plot, official wedding artwork with characters always seems to show up! Even anime aimed towards guys has it's fair share of wedding artwork. Wedding dresses and anime make sense together. I've always dreamed of being able to wear one, why have to save it for marriage?
The loophole here is obviously cosplay! To me, cosplay in many ways is about wearing the fashion I could only dream of. Loving the characters plays a big part in it for me but I think most of the time its fashion first. Not to mention, I've been freaking out about having to choose a wedding dress since I was ten. Even a custom Galiano for Dior would make me wonder if it was THE dress.
Video games frequently have weddings weaved into the story. What would a final fantasy be without one? Garnet in Final Fantasy 9 was a dress I attempted to make after seeing a STUNNING cosplayer who made not a costume but a real wedding dress. My sad attempt was well, too much of a costume. I've often wondered about how much cosplayers influence the character designers at square enix.
(One example of a stunning cosplay of Garnet from FF9)
(Ashe from FF 12)
Girly Shojo anime has to mentioned when it comes to this trend. Sailor Moon is a great example. By looking at the artwork you would think Usagi gets married every episode but nope! It's all just adds to the dream world appeal of magical girl series.
I just have to mention wedding peach in this post.
There are so many well done costumes. It's clear that these cosplayers pour tons of money and time into the project.
I know a lot of the more ball gown type costumes (like garnet) are made specifically for a wedding. Would you ever wear a cosplay for wedding? Would it be more about the dress or the character for you?
The other option is "inspired by" wedding dresses like the Disney Bridal collection. This Cinderella collection dress certainly doesn't look exactly like the character but I think I would feel more like a princess as it draws on elements from a character I love.
I can't believe no one has jumped on the chance to make an official Sailor Moon wedding collection. Clearly I should do this. In a perfect world, I would have a cosplay wedding and a different one. Actually, I would have one every year knowing me. They would be equally insane but I need a chance to wear a cute clamp inspired type dress AND a big ball gown! TLDR; I basically want to buy the clamp dress and wear it to the ball at Anime North or something!
As for what has to be the most awesome cosplay wedding ever, beating this couple would be hard. Not many people can top getting married beside a life sized Gundam. They even named their daughter after a Gundam character.
Please keep in mind that not every idea is a good one. Why this couple thought dressing up as Chi and a Nazi would be awesome to show their grand kids is beyond me.