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    Posted August 14, 2013 by
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Dragon Con 2013

    Mad Woman with a Box


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     pedlimwen is going to her second Dragon Con: 'Cosplay is addictive: you get to wear gorgeous, unusual clothes, and every time someone recognizes you feel like a celebrity. I don't usually go in for costumes that are exact replicas, so it's especially cool when someone guesses what I'm going for. As for making a political statement, I feel like every time a woman takes advantage of "Rule 63" - for every male character, there's a female version of that character, and for every female character, there's a male version of that character - and doesn't wear a halter top she's making a statement. The defining characteristic of a gender-swapped cosplay, in my opinion, shouldn't just be that the female version of that character is showing more skin. That said, it IS supposed to be fun. Dreaming up the differences between an original character and a gender-swapped spin on that character allows you to contribute, in a roundabout way, to a fictional world you love.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    For me, gender-swapped Doctors (of Doctor Who) aren't about increasing sex appeal. The Doctor is an enigmatic genius, and when I decided to cosplay femme!Ten, I wanted to do more than just copy a costume. I wanted to re-imagine the tenth Doctor as a woman, with all of his-turned-hers quirks, and that's what I hope I've done.


    I overdyed a brown pinstripe fabric to create a rich, chocolate brown for a 1950's style dress (the Doctor always seemed so at home in "The Idiot's Lantern," an episode where he and his companion travel to the 1950s, that it seemed an appropriate choice). To my delight, I ended up with hot pink pinstripes, too, riffing on the Doctor's classic light blue pinstripe suit. High-top red Chuck Taylors, a Peter Pan collar, paper 3D glasses, a knee length crinoline, and, of course, the tenth Doctor's sonic screwdriver complete the look.


    To get the tenth Doctor's "great hair," a friend will be French braiding my hair up from my neck, and we'll leave a great shag of curls loose on the top and to one side of my head.


    This is my second time marching in the parade Saturday morning, but my first with BritTrack (I marched with Alternate History my last Dragon*Con, as a steampunk Star Trek science officer). I couldn't be more excited.

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