Dress Code

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The AWA Dress Code Policy covers the Convention Venues (The Renaissance Waverly Hotel, Cobb Galleria Centre, the Galleria Specialty Mall, and the adjoining parking lots and decks).

Public Safety (Convention, Hotel, Convention Center, and local law enforcement) will be present at all times during the convention. At both venues, you will be under observation, even if you don't have a weapon or wearing a costume.

The Attendee (That's you!)
Wear clothing and footwear at ALL times, even when you're in costume.
AWA is a big place, so expect a lot of walking.

The following are not allowed at AWA and the venues because of safety reasons, whether you are in costume or not:
Bare Feet (You must wear shoes or some type of entire foot covering)
Stilts (wooden and metal)
Roller Skates and blades
Skateboards
Leashes
Loose metal chains

Please look at our Weapons Policy on what weapons are allowed in the convention.

Cosplayers
Wear a comfortable costume of your favorite anime or manga character, or make one of your own. Don't forget to read the Weapons Policy if you will have a weapon as part of your costume.

Be aware that not everybody (includes parents, hotel and convention crew, and local law enforcement) are anime and manga fans, so they may question if your costume is appropriate. AWA is a family friendly convention, so parents with young children will be present.

Costumes that too closely resemble law enforcement and medical personnel will not be allowed and will be inspected by AWA Crew. You may be asked to change your costume.

Real weapons are NOT allowed as part of your costume.
Weapons and/or props that are over 7 feet tall in length are not permitted.

Weapons and/or props that weigh 15 lbs. or more are not permitted.

Nudity and body paint are NOT costumes. Neither is only underwear.

Masks can be worn ONLY in the Convention Venues.
Bikini costumes (such as Lum from Urusei Yatsura) are allowed, except thongs.
  1. All tops must be full-coverage. The outer- and under-sides of breasts must be covered

  2. Body suits or flesh-colored fabric is acceptable.

  3. With form fitting clothing, a dance belt (or other undergarments) to cover genitalia is required.
  4. The skimpier the costume, the more likely you may be approached by AWA Crew, Hotel Crew, Convention Crew, or local law enforcement. You may be asked to change your costume.
Shoes must be worn at all times in both venues. No bare feet.

Stilts are not allowed as part of your costume in the Convention Venues.

Signs (hand made and pickets) used for soliciting are not allowed at AWA.
Examples: Free Hugs, Glomp Me, Friendly Advice, $1.00, etc…

Before taking a photo, please ask your subject if it's okay. Most people love to be photographed, but you should always ask and get permission. Be aware of your surroundings, as certain areas are crowded with people. Ask who is photographing you that you may want to go to a less crowded location. If you have a weapon as part of your costume, be EXTREMELY careful of crowds walking or running into you, especially if you are posing with a weapon.

In order to protect their own safety and that of others, AWA attendees understand, agree
to, and consent that designated AWA representatives or security personnel throughout the convention have an absolute right to inspect costumes, weapons, and any other items, and that they will submit to such an inspection. Any attendee must submit their costumes, weapons, and other items to an immediate inspection upon request or must leave the convention. In the event a person declines to submit to an inspection and refuses to leave, they shall be immediately expelled from the convention and escorted off the premises.

Only AWA may determine whether any particular item covered by this policy is permitted or not permitted at AWA and such determination is solely, exclusively, and absolutely at the discretion of AWA. Persons who do not cooperate with the determinations of AWA concerning the application of this policy to any particular item may be immediately expelled from the convention.