|Bombshell Avengers at WonderCon '14|
- Come up with a theme and recruit friends as far in advance as possible. Sure, people might wait until the last minute to make costumes, but you want to give them as much of a heads-up as you can. You can ask specific friends or put out an open call on the social media channel of your choice. Up to you. Mention what convention you'd like to wear the costumes at.
- Once you have a reasonable number of interested parties, ask a few more people. It's likely that some folks will drop out along the way.
- When you've got everyone, create a private Facebook group or start an email chain for planning. Outline what everyone's responsible for. Sometimes the person who comes up with the group makes parts of the costumes but that's by no means a requirement. Ask if anyone wants to tackle making all the accessories for a certain part of the costumes. For example, if it's a My Little Pony group, maybe one person will be up for making all the ears.
- Let people claim characters and share reference pictures and resources. Check in with people to ask how things are going and see if you can help. I don't think it's a good or helpful idea to set progress deadlines.
|Roller Girl Avengers and Nick Fury at Dragon Con '14|
- When you're two weeks out from the convention, you should have a date, time, and place for everyone to meet in costume. Find out who's staying near the convention center and who has space in his or her room to let people get dressed and do hair and makeup. If you have someone to do everyone's hair and makeup, awesome. Encourage everyone to share lists of what they still need to do with their costume and coordinate help if necessary.
- A few days before the convention, confirm all the details with the group. If you can, recruit friends or significant others to walk around with your group and carry bags, makeup for retouches, and a basic repair kit.
- Final step: meet up at the convention and look fabulous together. Easy, right?
What if you want to join an existing group? Try Cosplay.com and look in the forums, check out Cosplay Meet Up to see if there are cosplayers in your area, or ask around on Facebook and Twitter. If you're at all involved in the cosplay community, chances are you'll have friends and followers who are also cosplayers and can point you in the right direction.