Since Halloween of 2013, Stefan had been contemplating what to do next for a costume, and by mid-February, we had yet to come to a conclusion on what to do. Being that Halloween 2014 would be the first Halloween neither of us had academic obligations prior to and during October, we were trying to come up with more complex costumes compared to our costumes of the past. We also wanted to make Halloween an opportunity to start gaining skills sets in costume design and construction that would build up our repertoire, and prepare us more advanced cosplay costumes in the future. On our very small eventual to-create list, we had large projects that included more complex metal working and sewing skills, such as a more traditional Queen of Hearts and a fully armored knight, but we were most limited in space to do this work in. Although we we’re not yet pressured into making a decision, we recognized that the opportunity was prime to develop a costume as I had the available time to kill and Stefan needed all the time he could get.
By “available time” I mean that I was still unemployed and spending much of my time indoors due to incremental weather, and I was starting to suffer from a bit of cabin fever. Leisurely activities, like video games and reading, lost the ability to captivate me, and despite the fascination of both mediums, neither intrigued me greatly nor kept me mentally stimulated for any significant period of time. Admittedly, I started relying on incredibly mindless tools to distract me, and increasingly became more dependent on Pinterest for passing time. I would occasionally look for costume ideas, but understandably there were no new Halloween suggestions in February with the search terms I was using. So when Pinterest came out with their new “Interest Explorer,” I found a temporarily renewed interest in searching for costumes again as they combined all costume designs together into one stream, and allowed me to explore concepts I would not really search for.
Surprisingly, I was most inspired by the Martha Stewart Knight and Dragon Costume which I had actually seen before, but never had considered twice given that the image depicted children in costume. Strangely, it took only a second to be struck with inspiration of my own, and it dawned on me that we could go as a dragon and dragon slayer, and be able to develop any designs as complex and unique as we could imagine. Playing on the idea of an eventual knight, the dragon slayer would be a perfect segway into developing a full metal costume, but would still be within his skill range and space limitations. I, on the other hand, became inspired by the various dragon costumes online, but even more so by runway dragon scale dresses, that instantly inspired me to create a regal and elegant dragon. And thus, a costume had finally been set.