Saturday, August 11, 2018

Slow Saturday Special: Globe Costume Party

Who are you going as?

"For true costume fans, money, time are no object" by Alex Gailey Globe Correspondent  August 11, 2018

How much time and money would you spend to make yourself an authentic Darth Vader costume? A few days? A hundred bucks?

If you’re Jason Deveau, that doesn’t even begin to capture it. Deveau, 45, recently spent 18 months and about $4,000 to turn himself into remarkably convincing Darth Vader. Every item — from his gloves to his chest plate — is handmade. At 6-foot-7 without the costume, Deveau’s elevated black boots and Vader helmet allow him to tower over people.

“I was 5 years old when the first movie came out,” he said. “Seeing him come out in that first scene, I just thought, ‘I want that. I want to be Darth Vader.’ And now I get to be a big action figure.”

The poor little kid needed help. 

Deveau was among hundreds of sci-fi, comic book, and fantasy enthusiasts crowded into the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center yesterday for Fan Expo Boston (formerly Boston Comic Con). Among the common threads: a serious devotion to authentic costume-making (and costume-wearing) — whatever the cost.

Serious fans can spend weeks, months, and even years handmaking a single costume. Some have a different elaborate getup for each day of the convention. Many spend hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars, to craft tailor-made costumes of their favorite characters.

Jennifer Catania, a special education teacher in Norwood, has dressed up as the iconic Princess Leia from “Star Wars” for the past two years. Catania is fairly new to the expo scene, but she is serious about her costumes. And it’s not easy.

Catania belongs to the 501st New England Garrison, a local “Star Wars” costume fan club, that requires costumes to be handmade and subject to review.....

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