Maker sews together creativity and history

Photo by Russell Photography PNW

Photo by Russell Photography PNW (On Instagram @russell_cosplay_photography)


BY DAY, EMILEE MOREHOUSE ’10 is a digital copywriter for Wizards of the Coast — a dream gig for fans of the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons and the digital card game Magic: The Gathering.

After hours, Emilee is a Seattle-area cosplayer (costume player), who competes in her hand-sewn art at comic cons across the U.S. At these entertainment fandom conventions, Emilee brings to life Hogwarts wizards, Disney princesses, Bridgerton debutantes, and more.

Photo by Girl With the Blue Hair Photography

Her costume of Hamilton’s Angelica (made from a thrifted sheet) was retweeted by the musical’s social media, and Buzzfeed named her to their top 10 list of historical costumers. Emilee’s creations have been featured in Good Housekeeping and Insider magazine as well as by Netflix. You can view more of Emilee’s costumes on Instagram @ourshieldmaiden or at her website.

Emilee spends under $100 on her creations, using upcycled and recycled materials, while others spend thousands. “I refuse to participate in enabling elitism,” she said. “Cosplay should be for everyone.”

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