COSPLAY ,which is short for “costume play” is originated in Japan(there is another saying that cosplay is originated in United State).It is a type of performance art in which people wear costumes and accessories to represent their favorite character or idea. Characters are often drawn from popular fiction in Japan, but recent trends have included American cartoons and Sci-Fi. Favorite sources include manga, anime, tokusatsu, comic books, graphic novels, video games, hentai and fantasy movies. Any entity from the real or virtual world that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject. Inanimate objects are given anthropomorphic forms and it is not unusual to see genders switched, with women playing male roles and vice versa.
The persons who wear costume to represent character are called COSPLAYER,such as Huangshan, a famous Chinese cosplayer. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture centered on role play. A broader use of the term cosplay applies it to any costumed role play in venues apart from the stage, regardless of the cultural context.
The costume cosplayers wear we call cosplay costume .The object of cosplay is interpretation: one attempt to become one’s character much as a stage actor inhabits a role. Cosplay costumes are expected to adhere meticulously to the attire known to be worn by the character represented. Cosplay costumes are unlike this daily life clothing, they are made as the origin characters in anime or manga.