#ThrowbackThursday: Dolly Kei and a Cosplay Ball

#ThrowbackThursday: Dolly Kei and a Cosplay Ball

It has been more than 3 years since Cebu’s first Grand Cosplay Ball was held, May 19, 2012 to be exact, and I can still say it was the best night of my life.


The event was organized in order to honor all Cebu cosplayers especially those who pushed the level of excellence in the Cebu cosplay scene. There was no cosplay competition held but awards were given to individuals or groups who have contributed greatly to the world of cosplay. For those who are wondering, I am not a cosplayer. However, I have always been a regular con attendee and I have several friends who do cosplay. It has crossed my mind several times, but I feel too awkward to try it. Not that I’m shy, it’s just that I’m afraid I will not give justice to the character I will be portraying and ruin the feelings of its fans. plus the fact that it is a no cheap hobby.


I invited two of my closest friends, Arcel and Roxanne, who are also non-cosplayers to attend. Two of Arcel’s brothers tagged along. Although it was a cosplay ball, anyone can join as it was also a fundraiser. Cosplaying was also not required, but as it was a formal event, you have to come in formal attire.


Favorite Moment 1: The Victorian Era Feel


Majority of the attendees were cosplaying characters from Victorian themed anime like Kurushitsuji, Rozen Maiden, and Pandora Hearts. It was a sight to behold and it felt as if we were transported to 19th century London. I’m a sucker for all things Victorian. As a matter of fact, if ever I get married, I want to have a Victorian themed wedding and I don’t care that the Philippines is a tropical country. Friends, take note of this.


Victorian anime cosplayers


Favorite Moment 2: We Rocked Dolly Kei


Arcel, Roxanne and I decided to go Dolly Kei during the ball. I have always adored Japanese street fashion and subcultures so I was really happy when Arcel suggested Dolly Kei. But what is Dolly Kei?


Dolly Kei, also known as “dolly style” or “antique doll” fashion, is a Japanese street style inspired by vintage and antique dolls, vintage and antique clothing, Grimm’s fairy tales, the Victorian era, gypsies, romance, goth, and very old clothing styles from eastern Europe. The key elements for this fashion style are antique clothes and accessories with lots and lots of layering. Its slightly creepy because of the antique elements but still cute.


Roxanne, me, and Arcel


Even though our central theme is Dolly Kei, we were still able to reflect our different personalities and unlike Lolita, there aren’t any strict rules in this style which makes it challenging and fun at the same time. Check out our outfits.


Roxanne in Gypsy inspired coordinate but she prefers to call it “flirty” ๐Ÿ˜€



Me and my chubby face. This is more of a Gothic Victorian coordinate.



Arcel looking so elegant and sophisticated in this Romantic coordinate.



The three Dolly Kei fashionistas.



Among the various Japanese street fashion, Dolly Kei is my favorite. If only I can wear all out Dollie Kei everyday andย not get stares defy humidity.


Favorite Moment 3: Fangirl-ing Mode


I will let the pictures speak for themselves.


Roxanne will ditch her bf for Harry Potter ๐Ÿ˜€



OMG Alice is super kawaii. Shy mode me. Good thing Rox got my back.



Arcel finally met her ultimate love in person. Seby~



The Cosplay ball was really a magical moment for us. I wish they would organize one again for this year. All pictures used without permission from Roxanne Tamayo. I also brought a camera with me but out of excitement I did not notice that it was set to a very low resolution so all photos that I took turned out really bad.


Do you have a similar experience? Feel free to share in the comments section below.



Jane is the Founder and current Head Honcho for Kawaii Lovers Cebu. Marshmallow Girl.

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