Last Thursday, Comic-Con kicked off in a very stylish way, as 25 amateur designers took their pop culture-inspired designs to the runway at the Her Universe Fashion Show. Ever since the show began four years ago, the event has been a place for designers to bring their dream geek couture designs to life and have the chance of winning a life-changing prize – designing a Her Universe collection for Hot Topic.
Making dreams come true became a running theme of this year’s show, as Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein encouraged both the designers and the audience to chase after their dreams. Ashley even brought the idea of dreaming into her own dress, wearing a Cinderella-inspired gown by Andrew MacLaine.
There were several other Disney, Star Wars, and Marvel designs in the show that we absolutely loved! From Lilo & Stitch to Doctor Strange, these geek couture designs are all sorts of magical.
To capture Te Fiti's organic nature, Adria Renee hand-stitched many elements onto her dress.
For her couture gown, Liu imagined a design where Cinderella reinvented her torn dress and still went to the ball.
Taking inspiration from the enchanted rose from Beauty and the Beast, Martens used over 2,000 handmade rose petals and over 3,000 rhinestones for her gown.
Skyler included several Moana elements in her dress, including a Mini Maui in her train and a stingray design on the back of her gown.
Lilo's signature dress got a high-fashion take by Apua who based her designed off of a traditional Filipiniana gown.
We love how Roth hand-painted Ahsoka's lekku patterns onto the headscarf.
Chirrut Imwe from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story inspired Smith's design.
Ivy's Doctor Strange-inspired design was one of the winners of the Her Universe Fashion Show!
The branches on this Groot-inspired dress and the purse glowed in the dark!
Andrews crafted the necklace for this gown with stones that all had significant meanings to Doctor Strange's story.