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Costume parties (American English) or fancy dress parties (British English) were popular from the 19th century onwards. The first people to wear costumes to attend a convention were science fiction fans Forrest J Ackerman and Myrtle R. They attended the 1939 1st World Science Fiction Convention (Nycon or 1st Worldcon) in the Caravan Hall, New York, USA dressed in "futuristicostumes", including green cape and breeches, based on the pulp magazine artwork of Frank R.
We are, all of us, injecting ourselves into a narrative that meant something to us. We're connecting with something important inside of us.Takahashi chose to coin a new word rather than use the existing translation of the English term "masquerade" because that translates into Japanese as "an aristocratic costume", which did not match his experience of the World Con.The coinage reflects a common Japanese method of abbreviation in which the first two moras of a pair of words are used to form an independent compound: 'costume' becomes kosu (コス) and 'play' becomes pure (プレ).Most specific costumes described therein are for historical figures although some are sourced from fiction, like The Three Musketeers or Shakespeare characters. David Kyle won the masquerade wearing a Ming the Merciless costume created by Leslie Perri, while Robert A. Lowndes received second place with a Bar Senestro costume (from the novel The Blind Spot by Austin Hall and Homer Eon Flint). Merritt's novel The Moon Pool), the mask again made by Harryhausen, to the 3rd Worldcon and a Snake Mother costume (another Merritt costume, from The Snake Mother) to the 4th Worldcon in 1946.One of the earliest recorded examples of costuming based on an existing character from popular media (as opposed to legend or history) were costumes based on A. Rules governing costumes became established in response to specific costumes and costuming trends.