For the second year in a row, Her Universe put on their nerd-inspired fashion show that not only showcases the newest pieces from the Her Universe clothing line, but also gives aspiring designers a chance to show off their geek couture design to compete for a chance to design a Her Universe line for Hot Topic. Last year, Amy Beth Christenson and Andrew MacLaine won, and have recently collaborated with Her Universe designers to make the vintage-inspired Avengers line.
Watch videos and photos after the jump!
Contestants this year brought out their best, with a good mix of fandoms represented in the entries. Of the 26 designs showcased from aspiring designers, we got 3 Star Wars, 3 Batman franchise, 2 Game of Thrones, 2 Doctor Who, and 2 Aliens looks. OCD me loves to keep count, as this year’s bar to entry was set very high. Earlier this year, many of our friends and colleagues submitted their design sketches for the show, only to be rejected. A very obvious reason that perfectly good designs would have to be turned away, would be the sheer amount of competitors who are also submitting looks from the same franchise. So designers, if you are interested in submitting to Her Universe next year, it would behoove you to pick a fandom that’s not overly represented to better your chances! Other themes that had only one entrant each in this show included Howl’s Moving Castle, My Little Pony, The Last Unicorn, Monster High, Guardians of the Galaxy, Bob’s Burgers, Tron, Star Trek, Assassin’s Creed, Big Hero 6, Spider Gwen, Green Lantern, Sailor Moon, and the Nightmare Before Christmas.
The winners this year included the audience choice of “Usagi’s Transformation – Sailor Moon”, by Leetal Platt. The outfit began as Usagi’s school uniform with an exaggerated bubble skirt that unfurled to reveal a white feathered gown, adorned with pink fabric strips that resemble Usagi when she is mid-transformation into Sailor Moon.
The judge’s choice went to Kelly Cercone’s “Joker’s New Look.” which was inspired by Dior and a love of the Joker. The incredibly detailed and structured piece included a vintage inspired corset in the dress, and jaunty hat to match! Check out our interview with Kelly below!
We had a great time at the show, and hope to see even more exciting designs next year! (MORE MANGA/ANIME REPRESENTATION PLEASE! We know you can do it, designers!)
This is IAMCHUBBYBUNNY, signing out… IN THE NAME OF THE MOOOOON!