Hi, I’m Hannah Éva. I am a full time cosplayer originally from Minneapolis and based in the Midwestern United States.
How and why did you start cosplaying?
I’ve been a fan of costumes and dressing up all my life, but I had never heard of cosplaying until I attended my first convention in 2014, and I immediately fell in love with the culture, and knew it was something I had to try.
Where do you find inspiration?
This is a tough question for me to explain. Most of my inspiration appears randomly in my head when I look at a character or thing, but I think a lot of it comes from me wanting to make something beautiful, and for me to prove to myself that I can make that happen.
How many costumes do you have, which one is your favorite?
My favorite costume that I have is my Princess Zelda from Breath of the Wild royal gown, because I feel very confident when I wear it, and I’m very proud of the work I did. So far, I have created about 10 costumes.
You’ve won many awards, which one of them is the most memorable for you?
My most memorable award is the gold medal I received in the National Scholastics Art and Writing Awards that I received for my photography. This was very memorable for me, because I accepted the award at Carnegie Hall in New York City. As for cosplay awards, my most memorable was the first one I won as Elsa, because it was for my first cosplay I created, so it made me feel like I was doing something right as I was just starting out my career.
Technically my Elsa cosplay took the longest (about half a year) because I was very new to sewing and making costumes. However, now that I am more familiar with making costumes, the costume that took the longest is my Zelda dress. That took about 2 months of non stop work, and I’m still to this day making changes and updating my design.
Tell us about the conventions in your country.
I haven’t had the privilege of attending many conventions, but from what I’ve seen, people are very friendly and welcoming in the community, and everyone has a lot of fun.
Share a funny story/fail from a convention.
Well one time I forgot to pack normal clothes when I attended a convention, which normally would be fine, but my friends wanted to go out to dinner afterwards, and unfortunately I couldn’t really sit in my costume, so I had to awkwardly shop for clothes dressed head to toe in my cosplay. I’ve definitely learned from this incident.
How did you learn to sew?
I learned how to sew while I was in the hospital. It was taught to me as a form of therapy.
No surprise, but it’s Elsa. I just feel a strong emotional connection to her. Although my favorite movie and Disney Princess is Cinderella.
What's you New Year's resolution?
My New Year’s resolution is to finally set up my sewing room. I’ve lived in my house for 4 years, and I’m tired of working out of boxes. I’m excited to finally have a space just for my costumes.
Planned cosplays for 2019?
I have a lot of ideas, and I will have to see how the year goes, but my goal is to make all of Princess Zelda’s outfits from Breath of the Wild.
What are you looking forward to in 2019?
There’s a lot of movies I’m really excited for this year, although I know it’s just going to end up as more cosplay work for me to do.
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