5th Annual Her Universe Fashion Show Brings Geek Couture to SDCC

//5th Annual Her Universe Fashion Show Brings Geek Couture to SDCC

5th Annual Her Universe Fashion Show Brings Geek Couture to SDCC

For the 5th year in a row, Thursday night at San Diego Comic-Con was taken over by geek couture thanks to the Her Universe Fashion Show. The annual event aims to bring a New York fashion week style event to the convention every year, proving that geek fashion can be high end and that it is here to stay. This year’s theme was “Milestones” and the designers certainly delivered some breathtaking pieces to the event. We’ve got all the looks right here, plus the three winners who will be creating an Avengers-inspired line for Spring 2019 for Hot Topic.

The evening was full of amazing fashion, but it started off as always with the reveal of Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein’s custom gown, made in honor of the 25th anniversary of The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Ashley Eckstein at the Her Universe Fashion Show

image by Meghan Sullivan via Geek Girl Pen Pals 2018

Ashley’s gown consisted of 500 Funko Pop Vinyl skulls from Jack Skellington figures and weighed in at a whopping 40lbs. Wow!

Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein with Clone Wars co-stars on stage at the Her Universe Fashion Show

image by Joanna Volavka via Geek Girl Pen Pals 2018

Not only did we get a peek at the collection designed by last year’s Fashion Show winners, but Ashley confirmed what was announced earlier in the day– Star Wars: The Clone Wars is coming back with new episodes on Disney’s new streaming service! She introduced the audience to her two co-stars of the series, Dee Bradley Baker who voices the Clone Troopers, and Matt Lanter who voices Anakin Skywalker.

And then the fashion show got started in earnest. There were SO many amazing designs this year that we will feature as many as possible.

The Designs

King Couture inspired by Black Panther by designer Sarah Hambly//image by Meghan Sullivan via Geek Girl Pen Pals 2018

Subject 89P13 inspired by Guardians of the Galaxy by designer Skyler Barrett//image by Meghan Sullivan via Geek Girl Pen Pals 2018

Zinthos inspired by Teen Titans by designer Stephanie Flor//image by Meghan Sullivan via Geek Girl Pen Pals 2018

Yibambe inspired by Black Panther by designer Melissa Lynnette//image by Meghan Sullivan via Geek Girl Pen Pals 2018

Best.Dress.Ever. inspired by Tangled by designer Harmony Leiker//image by Meghan Sullivan via Geek Girl Pen Pals 2018

Style on Space Mountain inspired by Disney Parks by designer Kelsey Michele//image by Meghan Sullivan via Geek Girl Pen Pals 2018

Seamstress Sally inspired by The Nightmare Before Christmas by designer Kimberly Burns//image by Meghan Sullivan via Geek Girl Pen Pals 2018

Colors of Couture inspired by Pocahontas by designer Chatam Gray//image by Meghan Sullivan via Geek Girl Pen Pals 2018

Directive…? inspired by WALL-E by designer Phoebe Ping//image by Meghan Sullivan via Geek Girl Pen Pals 2018

Howl-in For You inspired by Howl’s Moving Castle by designer Jane Burson//image by Meghan Sullivan via Geek Girl Pen Pals 2018

My Alebrije inspired by Coco by designer Aaliyah Frye//image by Meghan Sullivan via Geek Girl Pen Pals 2018

Convor Couture inspired by Star Wars by designer Candive Miller//image by Meghan Sullivan via Geek Girl Pen Pals 2018

The Couture of Water inspired by The Shape of Water by designer Cynthia Kirkland//image by Meghan Sullivan via Geek Girl Pen Pals 2018

Beetlesuit V:1 inspired by Beetlejuice by designer Ericka Angiuli//image by Meghan Sullivan via Geek Girl Pen Pals 2018

Nerf This inspired by Overwatch by designer Rachel Roth//image by Meghan Sullivan via Geek Girl Pen Pals 2018

Godzilla, Queen of the Monsters inspired by Godzilla by designer Tanya Apuya//image by Meghan Sullivan via Geek Girl Pen Pals 2018

Flight of the Phoenix inspired by Harry Potter by designer Lynne Martens//image by Meghan Sullivan via Geek Girl Pen Pals 2018

Coffee at Luke’s inspired by Gilmore Girls by designer Sarah Timm//image by Meghan Sullivan via Geek Girl Pen Pals 2018

Bespoke Barber of Suburbia inspired by Edward Scissorhands by designer Lynleigh Sato//image by Meghan Sullivan via Geek Girl Pen Pals 2018

Course, Daring, Nerve and Chivalry inspired by Harry Potter by designer Jill N Nofziger//image by Meghan Sullivan via Geek Girl Pen Pals 2018

Rebellion Reborn inspired by Star Wars by designer Adria Renee//image by Meghan Sullivan via Geek Girl Pen Pals 2018

Darkness Rising inspired by Star Wars by designer Christopher Lopez//image by Meghan Sullivan via Geek Girl Pen Pals 2018

PWL CHIC: Ripley in the Powerloader inspired by Aliens by designer Kristi Siedow-Thompson//image by Meghan Sullivan via Geek Girl Pen Pals 2018

Vincent and Exploding TARDIS inspired by Doctor Who by designer Carina Langley-Lacy//image by Meghan Sullivan via Geek Girl Pen Pals 2018

Show Surprises

As one of the biggest surprises of the night, during one of the breaks between groups of models, Ashley Eckstein announced that there was a model who hadn’t been able to showcase their piece during the Her Universe designs portion at the start of the program. The model came out to music from Doctor Who….and when she threw back her hood it was none other than Jodie Whittaker, the Thirteen Doctor herself!

Jodie Whittaker models Doctor Who couture at the Her Universe Fashion Show//image by Meghan Sullivan via Geek Girl Pen Pals 2018

Jodie Whittaker and Ashley Eckstein at the Her Universe Fashion Show//image by Meghan Sullivan via Geek Girl Pen Pals 2018

Needless to say, the audience roared.

The show also featured four winners of a Cartoon Network sponsored fashion design contest for entrants aged 7 to 17 who will work with Her Universe to design a collection inspired by the Powerpuff Girls for BoxLunch.

Winners of the 2018 Her Universe Fashion Show

There were three winning designs this year: Jane Burson’s Howl-in For You, Cynthia Kirkland’s The Couture of Water, and Kristi Siedow-Thompson’s PWL CHIC: Ripley in the Powerloader. Congratulations to the winners! They start their job Friday while still at Comic-Con, working on the collection for next year.

So that’s it from the 2018 Her Universe Fashion Show! What was your favorite look? Are you excited for the upcoming Avengers line next year? Let us know in comments or on social media!

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