Cosplayer friends, if you’re looking at this title and scoffing, I completely understand. I’ve maintained for so long that fashion runways are for bougy snobs tripping on acid, but I’ve recently come to appreciate some aspects of haute couture, high-end wear. And let me tell you, getting a peek at the artisans behind the scenes that hand sew together some of these pieces that make you go ‘WTF?!’ has opened my eyes to the endless cosplay inspiration!! From fabrics to draping techniques, to textures achieved through embellishments and fabric manipulation, the possibilities for taking your costumes to the next level are here in excess! Still don’t believe me? Hang in there! Here are some runways pieces that made my nerd self squeal in excitement!