Masquerade

The Masquerade is a costume showcase and display of creativity by your fellow convention members. Entrants may dress as anything interesting and fun so long as they can motor themselves across the stage and back. You'll find a variety of BEMs (Bug Eyed Monsters), Transformers, faeries, royals, dragons, cosplayers (anime-inspired costumes), movie and TV characters, and just plain silly people in costume. This is a judged event and is a highlight of Arisia. If you're not part of the show, come cheer on your fellow fen. All entries are judged in four separate categories (Young Fan, Novice, Journeyman, and Master/Craftsman) to give everyone a fair chance.

Masquerade Rules

Please read all the Masquerade Rules before signing up.

Arisia uses the skill division set up by the International Costumers' Guild. If you are unsure what division you should compete in, please read the Skills Division section of the Masquerade Rules. Please contact the Masquerade Director (@email) with any questions.

2018 Masquerade Winners

Young Fan Division - Workmanship

Best Fantasy Costume

Blue Fairy
Aliya Kaynak & Kate Kaynak

Costumers of the Future

Princess Mononoke and Ashitaka
Diadem Washburn

Most Unique Use of Found Items

Opabinia
Nathan Greene

Best Prop

A Little Snow Fairy Called Sugar
Mabel Backman, Kate Brick and Spot

Best Original Character

Dragon Riders
Kayleigh Tatroe and Mackenzie Fannon

Young Fan Division - Presentation

“Light Up Our Lives” Award

Blue Fairy
Aliya Kaynak

Horsing Around Award

Shadowfax
Autumn Lane

Most Ferocious Award

Chewbacca
Thomas Keaney

Most Historically Accurate Award

Opabinia
Nathan Greene

Most Protective Award

Destiny Guardian
Elliott Duquette-Holmes

Most Elegant Award

Weiss
Camilla Babeu

Best Re-Creation

A Little Snow Fairy Called Sugar
Mabel Backman

Best Presentation

Princess Mononoke and Ashitaka
Asa Washburn, Mabel Washburn

Best in Class

Dragon Riders
Kayleigh Tatroe and Mackenzie Fannon

Novice Division - Workmanship

Honorable Mention | Applique & Detail

Grainne Sea Cosplay
#19 — Art Nouveau Tinkerbell

Judges’ Choice | Fabric Utilization & Design

Megan Hassan
#17 — The Ocean

Best in Class | Stitching

Amelia Linsky
#13 — Anna Henrietta, Duchess of Toussaint

Best in Class | Armor

Brendan Wilson
#38 — Battle Brother Aldred of the Deathwatch

Novice Division - Presentation

Most Artistic

Grainne Sea Cosplay
#19 — Art Nouveau Tinkerbell

Force of Nature

Hassan Cosplay Photography
#17 — The Ocean

You Know Nothing

Marie Moore
#33 — Jon Snow

Captive Audience

Vered Brandman
#32 — Stockholm Syndrome Bride

Best Re-Creation Novice

Rowan Parker
#36 — The Mathemagician

Best Re-Creation Presentation

Robert Ferguson
#23 — Badger

Best Original Presentation

Zack Solovay
#21 — The Snow Elf

Best in Class

Amelia Linsky
#13 — Anna Henrietta, Duchess of Toussaint

Journeyman Division - Workmanship

The “Knit”torious Award

Alexis Moore
#27 — Link from Legend of Zelda

Best Re-Creation

Sandy Tassi
#37 — The Beldam

Best in Class

Hannah Cousins
#20 — Bartolomeo

Journeyman Division - Presentation

Most Illuminating

Justin Blood
#31 — Solaire of Astora

Best Presentation

Emilyn Saga
#25 — Hatsune Miku-Skeleton Orchestra and Lilia

Best Re-Creation

Sandy Tassi
#37 — The Beldam

Masters Division - Workmanship

Best Interpretation

Kathryn Pater
#34 — Viking Merida

Best Re-Creation

Carly Hjemdahl-Monsen
#29 — Aloy from Horizon: Zero Dawn

Best in Class

Jennifer Old-d’Entremont
#14 — What a Rush

Masters Division - Presentation

Most Rousing

Miles Taylor
#18 — Marquis de Lafayette

Best Re-Creation

Carly Hjemdahl-Monsen
#29 — Aloy from Horizon, Zero Dawn

Best Presentation

Lisa Ashton, Anastasia Holt, Leslie Johnston, Karen Shnaubelt, Elizabeth Lepisto, Diane Seiler
#39 — Wake Up, Good Morning!

Best in Class

Becca Janney, Wonder Wendy Farrell, Tracy Farrell, Stacey Allen Farrell, Kat Peasley Farrel, Arisia Huff
#25 — Cell Block Tango of Thrones

Best in Show - Workmanship

Lisa Ashton, Anastasia Holt, Leslie Johnston, Karen Shnaubelt, Elizabeth Lepisto, Diane Seiler
#39 — Wake Up, Good Morning!

Best in Show - Presentation

Brendan Wilson
#38 — Battle Brother of the Deathwatch

Halftime Entertainment

After the costume presentations are done, and while our esteemed judges are off determining the awards for the evening, our entrants are given the option to participate in the Tactile Masquerade in the hallway, which allows attendees to get an up close view of the costumes. Inside the Grand Ballroom our Halftime acts will entertain you until the judges return for the awards presentation.

We will announce the halftime acts here once they have been selected.