Disney has announced the first À La Mode Costume Contest, enabling fans attending the 2013 D23 Expo in August to dress as their favorite characters to win a variety of awards. The one-of-a-kind event will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center on Friday, August 9 at 2:30 p.m. in Stage 23.
À La Mode, named after The Incredibles’ couture genius Edna Mode, is the first competition of its kind to showcase fans’ creativity through costumes inspired by all things Disney, including Motion Pictures (Animation, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm); Parks & Resorts; Consumer Products; Media Networks (including Disney Channel, ABC, and ESPN); and Interactive.
Five collectible trophies—specially designed for the À La Mode Costume Contest—will be awarded to the most magical costumes in the following categories: Original Design (or inspired by…), Re-creation, Craftsmanship, Young Fan, and Best in Show.
Fans have dressed in outfits inspired by Disney characters since the first D23 Expo in 2009, some directly recreating costumes seen in animated and live action films and rides while others spinning Disney visuals with their own style.
Here are a few cosplay highlights from the 2011 D23 Expo:
The contest will be two (2) hours in length, and, therefore, the number of entrants is limited. Guests interested in participating must complete an entry form, available now at D23Expo.com. Closing date for entry is July 21.