Katsucon 2022: The J-Fashion Presence at Katsu
I'm back with another (super late) convention post! This time, I traveled up north to attend Katsucon.
|Katsu logo, I do not own!|
So many people have told me how much they love Katsucon over the years. In particular, I've heard that there's a pretty great J-Fashion program going on there, and after being accepted as a model for Empire Noir (more on that later), I finally had a chance to check it out! Cheers to my first Katsucon!
|Waiting for the train to arrive.|
My roundtrip rides were less than $20, and I loved having the ability to hop off the bus or the train to explore if I wanted to. It was so easy, plus I was able to load a digital pass directly on my cell phone! I was pretty impressed.
The hotel itself is beautiful, as are the grounds at the Gaylord. I really wanted to ride the Ferris wheel, but that's ok -- there's always next time!
Since everything is connected, it was easy to get to and from my hotel room to all areas of the event. Inside the building, there was a beautiful "town" with restaurants and stores. Walking around this area made me feel like a character in a JRPG!
|Restaurants and convenience store inside the Gaylord.|
On the back half of the hotel lies the convention center; the meat and potatoes of Katsucon. There's several floors, and gigantic exhibit halls to have events. The three largest rooms were home to Registration, Artist Alley, and Dealer's Hall. After familiarizing myself with the venue, I went up to my room and passed out. If there were any events on Thursday, I missed them all because I was sleeping, LOL.
|Day 1 Coord - |
Blouse: Secondhand (I think it's from an Amazon shop too_
JSK: Haenuli St. Vitus
Tights: Red Maria
Shoes: Hi Orange
|So many attendees!|
It was super easy to buy my badge because the line for on-site registration was non-existant. I showed my ID and vaccination card, paid for my badge, and walked out in under 10 minutes! With my badge in hand, I went directly next door into the Artists Alley.
|AA was full too!|
It was great to see so many unique artists in one place. I also appreciate that AA was in a separate room from the Dealer's Hall. I think that helps artists network better, and gives them a little more room to stretch out! It was totally full of artists from the front of the room to the back wall, so there was more than enough folks' to buy and sell. It was easy to navigate the space as well!
|Sweet Mildred booth!|
A little further in, I was able to find my friends at Lolita Collective booth, with Puvithel's booth right beside them! They had a sizeable booth, but for some reason, I did not get a picture, X_X Sorry y'all! It was so great to see everyone, and I was happy to find that J-Fashion was alive and well in the Dealer's Hall.
|Day 2 coord:|
Headpiece - Star Fantasy
Wig - Amazon
Overdress - Miss Danger Shop
OP - Grove Deer, Moon of Eternal Day OP
Tights - Amazon
Shoes - Hi Orange
On Day 2, there was a Yokai themed Lolita meetup, but I overslept and missed it, T_T Still, I decided to go with a butterfly themed coord for the day while I walked around with my roommates! We ate, went to AA and Dealer's Hall (again), and just enjoyed the con.
|My con roommates and I! :)|
After a while, my bestie came to pick me up and I went off-site for an early dinner with her for a couple hours. When I got back, it was time to prep for the fashion show! I did my makeup in my hotel room, then headed down with the designer of Empire Noir to help prepare for the show. We had to get dressed, steam clothes, and practice our line-up before show time. The fashion show had three bands on display so it was a lot shorter than most shows I'm used to, but I had fun backstage!
|The Empire Noir squad for Katsu!|
This was my first time modeling for a Gothic brand like Empire Noir. The pieces were so lovely, but since I have a red dye allergy, I requested to wear a piece that wasn't so... red, hehe. Camille was more than accommodating, and I got to live out my best vampire life.
|My fashion show piece for Empire Noir!|
The show was so fun, but it seemed to go by an instant. Thank you to everyone who came out to watch us! I returned my fashion show piece, changed into some comfy clothes, and went to a few more panels with my roomies before heading up to my room for bed.