Cosplay Prom

AnimeNEXT Cosplay Prom – Fantasy Formal Dress Code

The AnimeNEXT Cosplay Prom is a themed event and the dress code will change accordingly each year to match the theme. Any outfits that do not adhere to this dress code will be denied admittance into the AnimeNEXT Cosplay Prom.

The theme for the AnimeNEXT 2020 Cosplay Prom is the Fantasy Formal, and as such is a formal event. Clothing is strongly suggested to fit with the Fantasy theme! We encourage you to put a fantasy spin on your favorite anime or video game character, dress as your favorite character from your favorite fantasy novel or show, or come up with something completely unique that looks straight out of the fantasy realm!

Attendees should adhere to the dress code but be able to move comfortably in the attire they wear. Attendees should not wear costume pieces or shoes that can easily come off. Actual costume is not required, but the dress code must be adhered to. All dresses/skirts should be approximately knee length or longer.

All clothing and props must be in accordance with the  AnimeNEXT Code of Conduct. Please email to cosplay.formal@animenext.org with any questions you may have.

Allowed Womenswear:

  • Formal Costumes
  • Prom Dresses
  • Formal Gowns
  • Lolita (EGL/EGA)
  • Cocktail Dresses
  • Formal Separates
  • Kimono
  • Cheongsam
  • Dress Uniforms
  • Formal Medieval/Renaissance/Period Attire

Allowed Menswear:

  • Formal Costumes
  • Suits
  • Tuxedos
  • Ouji Lolita
  • Kimono
  • Dress Uniforms
  • Kilts (with appropriate additional attire)
  • Formal Medieval/Renaissance/Period Attire
  • At a minimum, a dress shirt, tie, slacks, and formal shoes

Appropriate Footwear:

  • Heels
  • Dress Flats
  • Formal and Period Boots
  • Geta and Zori (only with appropriate Asian formal attire)
  • Men’s Dress Shoes

Not Allowed

The items on this list are deemed inappropriate for the AnimeNEXT Fantasy Formal. Any individuals wearing the items on this list will be denied access to the AnimeNEXT Fantasy Formal event.

  • Any clothing and/or props that are not in compliance with the AnimeNEXT Code of Conduct.
  • Revealing, skin-tight, or otherwise inappropriate clothing.
  • Clothing that drags on the floor and may present a tripping hazard (examples: trains, ribbons, etc).
  • Wings, armor, or other attachments that extend off the body.
  • Jeans
  • T-Shirts
  • Clothing with long chains, straps, or buckles
  • Bare midriffs
  • Miniskirts
  • Cut-off or shredded clothing
  • Sneakers
  • Sandals and flip-flops
  • Boots with heavy straps and studs that are not formal in nature (examples: Doc Martens and biker boots)
  • Props such as, but not limited to, swords, axes, cudgels, and sporting equipment
  • Other casual attire

Take a look back in time at some of the past themes of the AnimeNEXT Cosplay Prom!

2019 – Totally Wicked 80’s Cosplay Prom

2018 – Inaugural Cosplay Formal – Roaring 20’s