The Manga Masquerade was a joint venture between JACON in Orlando, Florida and Wasabi Anime to create a formal dance event… aka a “geek prom.” The guidelines for the dance were presented as The Top Ten Ways to Know What to Wear:
- If it’s something you would wear (or did wear; or wanted to wear) to your high school prom, it is probably acceptable.
- In the case of cosplaying as a military character from an anime/manga/video game, you must wear the FORMAL military dress. Such examples include Fullmetal Alchemist, Final Fantasy VIII, and Mobile Suit Gundam. (Even though Luffy from One Piece is a “captain,” dressing like him won’t get you in the door.)
- Kimonos are allowed.
- Search all you want… Goku never wore a tux in a single episode.
- Men who don’t come in costume need to wear at least a suit and tie.
- Nudity in any shape or form will not only keep you out of the event, but may even get you kicked out of the convention.
- If you intend to cross dress, then please make sure it looks good. (For example, Trey Parker & Matt Stone at the 72nd Academy Awards would not be allowed at the Manga Masquerade.)
- Sneakers are not formal wear. Ever.
- Use common sense when putting your outfit together for the event… we’re here to help everyone have a good time (within reason.)
- The con chair is renting a tux for this. Yes, we’re THAT serious about this.
In 2011 we created “A Knight in Wayne Manor” – a DC comics themed formal – based on the Manga Masquerade format for Florida Supercon.