Cosplay Ball | Zenkaikon, Anime & Sci-Fi Convention, Lancaster PA

Zenkaikon, Anime & Sci-Fi Convention, Lancaster PA

April 1-3, 2016, Lancaster County Convention Center

Cosplay Ball

Welcome to our Formal Ball!

Back for 2019, the Sakura Ball is Friday evening's formal event for all ages!  Prepare for a decadent evening of cosplay, music, and dance. This is a highly attended event.  We cannot guarantee all will be admitted. Dance Lessons provided prior to the event by ballroom dancer, Diana Hong. Formal dress is not required for the workshop. We look forward to seeing everyone dressed to the nines!

To celebrate the Zenkaikon Theme of Superstition, we encourage you to create a Masquerade style eye mask based on a superstition. (example: Labyrith or Phantom of the Opera Ball scenes.) There could be a surprise waiting for the Most Superstitious, so get crafting!!

Allowed Womenswear

*All dresses/skirts should be approximately knee length or longer

  • Formal Costumes *
  • Prom dresses*
  • Formal gowns*
  • Lolita (EGL/EGA)*
  • Cocktail Dresses*
  • Formal Separates
  • Kimono and Cheongsam
  • Dress Uniforms
  • Formal Medieval/Renaissance/Period Attire

Allowed Menswear

  • Formal Costumes
  • Suits
  • Tuxedos
  • Oji Lolita
  • Kimono
  • Dress Uniforms
  • Kilts (with appropriate additional attire)
  • Formal Medieval/Renaissance/Period Attire
  • At the least, a dress shirt, tie, slacks

Appropriate Footwear

  • Heels
  • Dress Flats
  • Formal and Period Boots
  • Geta and Zori (only with appropriate Asian formal attire)
  • Men’s Dress Shoes

In general, clothing should be modest, not skin tight, and not reveal a large amount of skin.  It should also not drag on the floor with a long train. Think of what a person or character might wear to a formal event like a wedding or prom. Crossplay is welcome as long as the attire is appropriate for the character being portrayed.  Accessories like top hats, canes, or hand fans are welcome.

Not Allowed

  • Formal Wear that drags on the floor (examples: trains, ribbons, etc)
  • Wings, armor, or other attachments that extend off the body
  • Jeans
  • T-shirts
  • Fishnets
  • Clothing with chains, straps, or buckles
  • Bare midriffs
  • Miniskirts (skirts bove the knee)
  • Cut-off or shredded clothing
  • Sneakers
  • Sandals and flip-flops
  • Boots with heavy straps and studs that are not formal in nature (examples: Doc Martens and biker boots)
  • Props such as, but not limited to swords, axes, cudgels, and sporting equipment.