Jedi trappings complete the fan
Ashley Eckstein takes on her character Ahsoka's unique Jedi look.
March 6th, 2012
12:10 PM ET

Jedi trappings complete the fan

Editor's note: Ashley Eckstein, founder of the Her Universe line of apparel and accessories for fangirls, is a huge fangirl herself. Her devotion to "Star Wars" extends far beyond the four seasons of voice acting she's logged on "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," which airs on Cartoon Network. The show's season finale will air March 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. (Cartoon Network, like CNN, is owned by parent company Time Warner.) Eckstein's love of the character she plays in the cartoon series, Ahsoka Tano, fostered a growing desire to dress up as Ahsoka. This is her account of reaching that goal.

For kids, it’s completely normal to dress up in costume.

When I was a little girl, I used to dress up all the time, and not just for Halloween. We had a giant dress-up bag full of costumes! My sister and I would tear through that bag during playtime, and every day we were different characters.

We had beautiful princess dresses, a pirate costume, a Punky Brewster outfit, a Cousin Itt costume from "The Addams Family," an authentic Disney Alice in Wonderland dress (my favorite!) and, as seen in the photo below, a Karate Kid costume. I was a total tomboy and for my school pictures, I insisted on wearing my Karate Kid uniform.

Why, then, is it considered nerdy, weird or socially unacceptable by the general population for adults to dress up as their favorite characters, outside of Halloween?

As any true fanboy or fangirl knows, dressing up in costume is called “cosplay,” and, as adults, many of us take this hobby very seriously. We spend hours perfecting these costumes and find a lot of pride and joy in debuting our works at local conventions or events. Go to Dragon*Con in Atlanta and you will behold some of the most amazing costumes you’ve ever seen, complete with a parade through the downtown streets showcasing the meticulous work of many hardcore fans. FULL POST

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