Cosplay (コスプレ kosupure), short for “costume play”, is a type of performance art in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture centered on role play, Another use of the term “cosplay” applies to any costumed role play in venues apart from the stage, regardless of the cultural context.
Favorite sources include Manga(what you read) and Anime (short for animation, so that means films or TV series), comic books, graphic novels ,video games and films. Any entity from the real or virtual worlds that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject. Inanimate objects are given anthropomorphic forms and it is not unusual to see genders switched (more commonly known as gender bending), with women playing male roles and vice versa. There is also a subset of cosplay culture centered around sex appeal, with cosplayers specifically choosing characters that are known for their attractiveness and/or revealing costumes.
The internet has enabled many cosplayers to create social networks and websites centered around cosplay activities, while forums allow cosplayers to share stories, photographs, news, and general information. The rapid growth in the number of people cosplaying as a hobby since 1990 has made the phenomenon a significant aspect of popular culture. This is particularly the case in Asia where cosplay influences Japanese street fashion.