Silhouette d’Amour Interview
“Yeah, he was bragging yesterday,” she explained while brushing the vibrant purple wig around as we setup for the interview. I had been referring to the Android 18 costume she sported in tandem with her partner, who of course completed the pair’s Dragon Ball Z duo by dressing up as an equally uncanny Android 17 the day before.
“You don’t really have the forehead for it but mine is GLORIOUS!”
She quoted him with a vibrato-like blast of laughter. Something that would be rather consistent through the course of our conversation.
Meet Silhouette d’Amour, a 23 year old colourful Melbourne-based cosplayer, who’s costumes range from popular anime characters like the aforementioned Android 18 from Dragon Ball Z, to Naruto’s “Sakura Haruno”, to Darker Than Black’s “Yin” and Inu X Boku’s “Karuta Roromiya”.
Which is to say nothing of her striking depiction of Princess Hilda from Nintendo’s 2013 action-adventure for the 3DS- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. With such a catalogue in mind, it’s no surprise that she’s garnered over 12,500+ followers through her Facebook page alone.
Then of course there’s her modelling work and her role as a host over at the newly formed gaming, cosplay and anime website: Mana Mojo. With a background so well embedded in Melbourne cosplay, it seemed like a natural leap to meet up with the seasoned model, and so I sought to do so on Sunday 12th April during the Melbourne Supanova Pop-Culture Expo.
“Today I saw a Ravio cosplayer, so being dressed as Princess Hilda, I was like ‘I need a photo with you, this is amazing!’”
The conversation initially veered towards the event itself and our personal highlights. Something I couldn’t help but ask after I spotted a Deadpool cosplayer chasing after a man in full Master Chief get-up while screaming for people to clear the way.
Eventually we made note of the consistent numbers across the Saturday and Sunday of the expo. I was particularly impressed with the turnout this year due the controversies surrounding a certain man whose name starts with Adam and ends with Baldwin.
Silhouette d’Amour (SA): Yesterday it was shoulder-to-shoulder, even outside! So, in regards to controversy, I think people were able to move past it.
Sean Fox (SF): I think George Takei’s attendance also helped calm the situation. So while there was this controversy regarding the perspectives of a very conservative person… You also have the presence of this other person who is probably the most progressive man in existence.
SA: Exactly, it balances out!
SF: Naturally I have to ask, what are your general tips for those considering the idea of getting involved with cosplaying?
SA: My general tips are – Don’t listen to anybody who criticizes you, if someone says you can’t do a certain cosplay because you’re the wrong body type, the wrong gender or the wrong skin-tone, screw it! If you love it, just do it!
SF: Not to mention, one can only get better at the practice over time.
SA: Exactly! I’m a goth by nature so my first cosplay was “Death of the Endless”, which is essentially my wardrobe and a little extra eyeliner so I just thought: Start simple!
As we exchanged thanks for the interview, Silhouette d’Amour let out another boisterous burst of vibrato laughter. A fitting punctuation mark to the enthused passions one can see reflected in the costumed folk wandering about every pop-culture expo or convention.