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Kids of Cosplay

Thurstan Redding, Katie Grand, Tom Rasmussen, Sara McAlpine


A bold, surreal photographic celebration of the fantastical beauty of cosplay, in which seventy cosplayers leave behind their everyday existence and become heroes for a day

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In the surreal, transfixing photographic universe of Thurstan Redding, everyday existence collides with colourful fantasy as 70 cosplayers become heroes for a day: Spider-Man is illuminated by the electric glow of an open fridge; three Alices wait at a bus stop in a desolate Wonderland; and a Resistance Pilot plays dead on the gravel driveway of a suburban housing estate. Insights from the cosplayers themselves are supplemented with commentary by fashion stylist and editor Katie Grand, author and musician Tom Rasmussen and fashion writer Sara McAlpine on the expressive craft and inclusive community of cosplay.


'Kids of Cosplay celebrates the unique community spirit that exists within this charming – and, the more you look, surprisingly moving – parallel universe of glorious, generous pageantry'

'A vibrant glimpse into the detail, flair and effort cosplayers put into their characters'

'In a kaleidoscope of colours and imagination, Kids Of Cosplay invites readers on a vibrant journey through the world of cosplayers'
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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 28.0 x 25.0 cm

Extent: 144 pp

Illustrations: 128

Publication date: 23 February 2023

ISBN: 9780500026175

Contents List

Foreword by Katie Grand
To the Reader by Thurstan Redding
Heart Not For Sale by Tom Rasmussen

The Plates

The Diaries
An Interview with Thurstan Redding by Sara McAlpine

Visual Index

About the Author

Thurstan Redding is a British photographer and director, born in Hong Kong and raised in France, whose work applies a cinematic lens to subcultural subject matter. Since graduating from the University of Cambridge, where he read Politics, Psychology and Sociology, he has contributed to Vogue, WSJ, Le Monde, Arena Homme +, i-D and Dazed. He has also shot campaigns for clients including Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Versace and Miu Miu.

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