Chloe Warburton is a cosplayer and alternative model who works under the alias of AlienQueen. When I first started cosplaying about 6 years ago, she was one of the first cosplayers I started to follow and since then, every time she creates something new I’m amazed.
Thank you so much for letting me interview you! How long have you been cosplaying?
It will have been 7 years at the end of May!
How did you fall into the world of cosplay?
My group of friends did it before me, I’d always loved dressing up for parties, so it made sense to join them at a con, I was completely hooked after the first time I went!
What is the hardest part of cosplay?
Probably finding motivation, its easy to get excited after picking something and starting, after a while, the longer you leave it, the harder it is to keep yourself going.
Which costume, of your own, is your favourite and why?
Hard question, I’ve got over 60 costumes, my most memorable costumes are my Alienqueen, as that was a huge project for me. Lollipop Chainsaw was my most worn costume, for events, shoots and videos. My Sith cosplay based of Bjorns Hurris concept, is probably my best looking costume, and has the most detail!
Is there anything you hope to achieve from cosplaying?
Good question, I’ve achieved so much already, I’d like to challenge myself more with bigger costumes, a lot of people forget I make all my own stuff because it is considered sexy, so I’d like to become a bit more renowned for my work. And as always just meeting more people and getting more opportunities to work in the industry!
Is there an etiquette about cosplay people should know?
Just to ask, instead of getting your phone or camera out and trying to take a sly photo, everyone is always willing to have a photo taken, as its a compliment! Also please respect are down time when we’re eating, or sitting down with half of our costume half off, this is not a time when we want a photo taken.
What’s your dream build?
To be honest I don’t really have one, I pick costumes I like, that are on my level to make, I get excited and inspired by whatever I’m into or playing. I don’t like to spend too much time on one costume, as it can get boring. So I suppose my dream would be to make something with a lot of detail!
Are there any techniques or tips you’ve got for those who are just beginning to sew their own stuff?
Get someone to help you, my mum helped me when I first started, being shown and having a go, made a lot of difference when I started. If not, the internet is your oyster, there is so many helpful articles on there. Lastly just go for it, you’ll make mistakes, you’ll start over, but in the end you’ll would of moved forward, learnt, and created something you’ve made from scratch!
Are you working on anything at the moment?
Yes, currently finishing Ame-Comi Catwoman and Dark Emma Frost. As soon as these are finished I will be making an original design of Queen of Hearts!
Photographs by Darren Rowley, Lucas Ambrosio, Ben Bonello.