Collinsville Gateway Center

1 Gateway Drive, Collinsville, IL 62234

Dress Code

The Anime Senpai Dress Code Policy

The Policy covers the Convention Venues (Gateway Center)

Be aware that not everybody (including parents, hotel and convention staff, and local law enforcement) are anime and manga fans, so they may question if your costume is appropriate. Anime Senpai is a family friendly//All-Ages convention, so parents with young children will be present.

You may be asked to change your costume.

Please do

please do not

Wear/use any of the following items:
  • Nudity and underwear only are NOT allowed
  • The sides and undersides of breasts should be covered
  • Bodysuits or flesh-colored fabric is acceptable
  • With form-fitting clothing, a dance belt (or other undergarments) to cover genitalia is required
  • Please use good judgment and common sense in general. This is a family-friendly convention. Keep all costumes sensible and at a rating acceptable in public. There will be children present.
  • No costume is no costume! If you are not clothed properly, you will be asked to change. This includes having a shirt and shoes at all times. We are using public spaces we rent so the local laws are in effect. No shirt, no shoes, no service. For costumes in which a character is typically shirtless, all MALE costumes may remove their shirt for photos but must put the shirt back on when walking in public spaces.
  • Please make sure your costume uses non-see-through material over the private body parts. Once again remember there will be children present.
  • No profanity displayed on the clothing or costume.
  • Those who abuse this policy will be subject to removal from the convention without a refund from the convention or the Hotel.
  • Remember you will also be walking through public areas such as the Gateway Center, and non-convention hotel spaces. How you act and represent yourself will reflect upon the convention as well.
  • Grossly offensive or high shock value cosplays, uniforms, outfits, or t-shirts will be asked to change or risk expulsion.

*Special thanks to our friends at San-Japan for the model.

one final note

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, Anime Senpai attendees understand, agree to, and consent that designated Anime Senpai 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 Anime Senpai Staff may determine whether any particular item covered by this policy is permitted or not permitted at Anime Senpai and such determination is solely, exclusively, and absolutely at the discretion of Anime Senpai. Persons who do not cooperate with the determinations of Anime Senpai concerning the application of this policy to any particular item may be immediately expelled from the convention.

Persons who carry or otherwise bring prop weapons, replicas, or similar items do so at their own, sole, and absolute risk, and assume all risks of liability, harm, damage, or loss to any person or property injured or otherwise harmed, intentionally or accidentally, directly or indirectly, by such items or the person carrying them.

Anime Senpai, shall not be liable for any injury, harm, damage, or other risk or liability associated with any person’s use of any weapon, replica, or prop, whether permitted or banned hereunder, at Anime Senpai. In no event shall Anime Senpai, and its affiliates and subsidiaries, or the Gateway Center and the Doubletree have any liability for any incidental, consequential, special, or exemplary, damages hereunder, even if informed of the possibility of same.