Today we’re joined by Marie-Pier. Marie-Pier is a phenomenal seamstress who uses her incredible skills for fashion design and cosplay. A dedicated cosplayer, Marie-Pier has cosplayed as various characters from different fandoms. Aside from her costumes, she also makes the accessories that go with her cosplays. Marie-Pier has also designed regular everyday outfits as well. It’s clear she’s a dedicated and talented artist, as you’ll soon see. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about
Hello! I am Marie-Pier and I am an artist in the broad sense
of the term. From drawing, to writing and even programming (it’s an art,
believe me!), I enjoy many
aspects of art, but my favorite outlet at the moment is sewing and cosplaying.
For me, the main appeal of this activity is the fact that it’s so versatile and
it encompasses most of my other passions. I draw my own concepts, I make my own
patterns and I often have to handmake accessories, which allows me to build up
so many skills. I haven’t made a ton of outfits and costumes thus far, but
that’s because a lot of care is put into everything I make, which ends up being
quite time consuming. Among the characters I’ve cosplayed, one can count Queen
Elsa, The Evil Queen (Regina Mills from Once
Upon a Time, Emma Swan (“Dark Swan”, also from Once Upon a Time) and a few other simpler cosplays like Wednesday
When I make “regular” outfits, I often go for little black
dresses, although my most recent creation is an autumn/spring wool coat.
What inspires you?
I’m mostly inspired by the gothic aesthetic, as well as
fabrics. I love things that look graceful and elegant, but I also have a soft
spot for more structured/tougher looking outfits.
As far as cosplay characters go, I am mostly drawn to evil
or dark characters, because more often than not, they’re the ones with the best
outfits! It’s also always fun
to portray villains or anti-heroes because they’re usually really confident and
completely unashamed to be themselves.
One of my
idols in the designing world is Eduardo Castro, the costume designer for Once
Upon a Time, hence why most of my cosplays are from that TV show. Let’s just
say that I am easily won over by impressive gowns and really captivated
by anything that sparkles.
When I make actual clothes, I usually go for things that I
am unable to find in stores. I don’t really care about what’s trendy; I simply
make what I want to own and what I know would look nice on me.
What got you
interested in your field? Have you
always wanted to be an artist?
I’ve always loved arts and crafts, as well as dressing up. Both
my grandmothers used to make clothes and costumes for me. I would draw what I
wanted to have and give them the drawings so that they could make it.
In high school, I decided it was about time I learned to sew
on my own. As a longtime fan of Halloween, I started making my own costumes and
I attempted to outdo myself every year. By the time I finished High School, I
learned about conventions and cosplaying and began to consider it.
A year later, in 2014, I joined a fashion design club and
took that opportunity to make my first wearable garments and my first real
cosplay (Queen Elsa from Frozen).
What I grew to love the most about cosplaying is the amount of skills I got to
learn from it. Each costume of mine came with different challenges that allowed
me to learn things I wouldn’t have otherwise. (E.g. woodworking, making 18th
undergarments, sourcing screen-accurate materials…)
However, despite my love of sewing and costume making, I would
not want to make a career out of it, because it is my own way of clearing my
mind and relaxing. I never really try to force myself to work on a project; I
just let out my creative energy whenever I feel like it.
Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?
There is a little something special I try to include in all
my cosplays and it’s a bit of an inside joke. It began when I made sequins out
of plastic soda bottles to cover the entire surface of my Queen Elsa bodice. Ever
since I discovered how versatile a material plastic bottles could be, I’ve
incorporated at least one element made from them in all my costumes. Thus far
I’ve used them to make sequins, a hair comb, detailing on a dagger’s handle,
and a necklace.
What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?
There are three things I would tell young aspiring artists.
Firstly, practice makes perfect. The more you practice your skills, the better
you’ll get. Don’t be scared to tackle huge challenging projects, they are the
ones that provide the most learning experience. Also, don’t be scared to ask
for help when you need it.
Secondly, don’t feel bad if you start preferring another art
form over what you currently are into. Do what makes you the happiest and build
as many new skills as you like.
Lastly, follow your own quality standards no matter what
others say. If someone tries to tell you that you can’t possibly do something
of a certain quality, don’t listen to them. Trust in your abilities and in your
will to learn and perfect your craft.
Where on the spectrum
do you identify?
I identify as asexual greyromantic/aroflux.
Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Since my favorite character to cosplay (the Evil Queen) is
known for being quite sexy and alluring, some people think that I dress like
her to attract the male gaze and seek attention. Some even said that if I
really was asexual, I wouldn’t choose to dress like that. I had thought about
that sort of thing before making my costume and it almost stopped me from
making it because I was afraid of conveying the wrong message, but ultimately,
I decided to not care. I cosplay the Evil Queen/Regina because I love her as a
character and because her outfits are beautiful and intricate works of art. I
chose to not let people spoil that for me.
Orientation has nothing to do with the way we dress and
asexuals have the right to be confident, comfortable in their own bodies and
wear whatever they like.
What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
The most common misconception about asexuality that I’ve
encountered is that asexuals simply haven’t met “the one” and that they’ll
change their minds one day. There are a lot of people who think we need to be
“fixed or cured” and that does get very tiresome in the long run. Also, some
people think that we can’t be in a relationship if we’re asexual, which is not
What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
This is not really an advice, per say, but I think that those
people need to hear that they are not broken, no matter what society tells
them. Today’s world is so overly sexual, but we must not let that discourage
us. Even if we’re a minority, we’re out there, we’re valid and we shouldn’t let
other people tell us otherwise. If you think that you might be asexual, just
follow your gut feeling and let that guide you. Set your own boundaries and
limits and respect yourself; do what makes you happy.
Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?
I am on
multiple social media under the name Silyah246.
and cosplay progress (and the occasional daily life post), find me on
For more professional high quality photos, you can head over to my DeviantArt
For more fandom orientated things and the occasional makeup tests, my Tumblr is
the place to go: http://www.silyah246.tumblr.com/
Thank you, Marie-Pier, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.