Costume Contests

Rise Craftsmanship Contest Winners

Costume Contests at Anime Iwai: Rise

Already planning on wearing your hand-made Donyatsu/Tokyo Ghoul crossplay mashup costume to Anime Iwai: Rise? Register for one of our costume contests for a chance to earn some recognition and sweet prizes in the process!

Saturday Craftsmanship Competition


All contestants must have a valid Saturday or Weekend Pass to compete.

The costume contest is limited to 80 contestants!
50 openings will be reserved for those who preregister online using the button below.

An additional 30 openings will be available at the con and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Competitors are encouraged to preregister online in order to guarantee a spot in the contest.


Contestants will be assigned a prejudging time when they check in at the Cosplay Desk. Online and on-site entries may check in Friday or by 2:00 PM on Saturday and must complete pre-judging to be eligible for the contest.

During the pre-judging portion of the event, judges will inspect each costume and inquire as to how they were designed and created.

Costumes from all genres (video game, comic book, anime, movies, television, etc.) are permitted entry. Mashups and original designs are also allowed. The majority of your costume must be homemade, although found item costumes and modified items are acceptable. However, all costumes (homemade and store bought) are welcome in our Sunday Runway Madness Show.

Contestants must bring a reference photo of the character they are portraying. Printed or digital (phone/tablet) is acceptable. You must also provide progress pictures of you making the costume to be eligible for craftsmanship awards. You may have a model wear your costume, but the creator must be present at prejudging.

Pre-judging will occur between 9AM and 3PM Saturday, November 12.


Props must comply with Anime Iwai’s weapons policy.

Costumes and actions on stage must be in good taste. No nudity, offensive language, or unruly behavior is permitted.

While on stage, jumping, flipping, running, throwing items into the audience or any movements that could compromise the safety of any contestants or spectators is prohibited. Any of these actions will result in automatic disqualification from the contest.

The use of fire, glitter, liquids, or any other objects that will cause a mess are prohibited. Leaving any portion of a costume on stage will result in automatic disqualification from the contest.

We ask that all contestants display good sportsmanship to each other and the judges.

Judging Categories

Youth - individual or group consisting of children 13 years of age and under. The designer and the primary constructor of the costume must be 13 years of age or younger. Parents are required to accompany children during the contest.

Novice: No craftsmanship awards.

Journeyman: 1 to 3 craftsmanship awards

Master: 4 or more craftsmanship awards.

Groups will be placed in the category of the most advanced member


Lorena - lolo's Wardrobe

Lolo is a Miami based costume designer and fabricator who first picked up a needle and thread in 2009. With years of traditional Fine Art training under her belt, she has an eye for finding the best real world applications for 2D drawings and bringing them to life. Aside from designing for cosplay, she’s also designed costumes for short films as well as theatrical productions. By day she designs children’s museum exhibits.

J Stryker

Watch out, Anime Iwai, because here comes Stryker! J Stryker is a drool-inducing sports anime yaoi character that walked out of a manga and into your heart/pants. Some say he was the serpent that ate Eve and turned into Steve – others say he invented being fabulous on the internet. When he’s not running his own convention and bringing sexy back, he’s making award-winning cosplays. He’s gorgeous, beautiful, amazing, incredible, and most importantly, humble. Don’t believe it? Our anonymous, totally real sources indicate that Yaya Han proclaimed him the greatest cosplayer of all time and Jessica Nigri’s breasts have gone on record as saying they were molded through dark sorcery to resemble Stryker. Amazing! This is the Kardashian of cosplay you’ll actually want to be friends with.

Korin Cosplay

Operating out of Central Florida, Korin has been an avid cosplayer since her first convention in 2007, completing over 60 costumes. After winning her first award at that same con, she continued to enter costume contests at conventions around the US, winning multiple technical and "Best in Show" awards. She also participated in the first Iron Wig competition by Arda Wigs, where she was a finalist. While Korin is most known for her gravity defying wig work, she also likes to focus her talents on creating detailed costumes which include custom dyed fabric, embroidery, intricate beadwork, and armor.


This year's prizes are still being determined, but they will be provided by our glorious sponsors.


  • Best in Show: A 3D printer from Micro 3D Printers, sponsored by Mecha Bubble, two VIP passes to the Palm Beach Yule Ball, and additional prizes to come from Tate's Comics, CUT/SEW, We Love Colors and more.

The following awards will also receive various prizes form our sponsors:

  • Best Master
  • Best Journeyman
  • Best Novice
  • Best Group
  • Best Youth
  • Best Prop
  • Best Look-a-Like
  • Fan Favorite
  • Chairman’s Award


Runway Madness Winners

Sunday Runway Madness Show

Who can compete?

All contestants must have a valid Sunday or Weekend Pass to compete.

Participation is limited to only 30 spots! Make sure to sign up online (20 spots are available in advance) or on site Friday or Saturday at the cosplay desk. Participation is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

This event is open to all costumes. Handmade and store bought are both accepted.

Individual and pair entries only: no groups are permitted in this contest.

What to expect:

This is a runway style contest, which means no prejudging. Everyone must show up to check in 30 minutes before the event to participate.

All contestants will have a chance to walk the stage and make an impression. Our judges will pick the top 16 based on audience reaction to continue to finals. Be cute, be cool and be memorable. Get the crowd interested, they are your key to victory!

The 16 finalists will be placed randomly into brackets and compete head to head. Each round will have a unique challenge to perform. (i.e. taunts, victory poses, dancing etc.) and crowd reaction will determine the victor.


Best in Show and First Runner Up will be determined by the audience.

Three additional contestants will win a judges favorite award.