The Geek-Couture Designs at This Comic-Con Fashion Show Were Insane
You can expect incredible and dazzling cosplay each year at San Diego's Comic-Con International — in fact, it's demanded. And though so much cosplay will leave you in awe, nothing might top the Her Universe and Hot Topic Fashion show that shows off geek couture in a whole new way.
In its third year running, the fashion show included 27 diehard geeks who showed off their fandom in the chicest way possible. The prize? Design a collection with Her Universe for Hot Topic, like two previous winners who created this amazing Star Wars line. This year's judges included a variety of geek experts, including POPSUGAR's Assistant Trending and Viral Features Editor Brinton Parker.
The designs were truly amazing and it was hard to see the judges pick a single winner — which is why it's lucky that viewers who watched the show on Comic-Con HQ voted for their own favorite (ultimately deciding a grand "Viewers' Choice" winner who will join the Judges' and Audience's Choice selections). The final winners are: Judge's Choice Winner, "Oh What a Gown. . .What a Lovely Gown!" by Hannah Kent; Audience Choice Winner "I Solemnly Swear That I'm Up to Couture" by Camille Falciola; and the Home Audience Winner, "Falkor" by Jesse Thaxton.
Pieces included a Wall-E design with recycled materials and a Severus Snape-inspired costume with individually wired lights that we wish we could include in our closets ASAP. See the creations ahead, and don't think twice if all you start thinking is "take my money."
— Additional reporting by Brinton Parker
Her Universe Founder Ashley Eckstein's Lego Dress by Nathan Sawaya and Andrew Maclaine
Inspired by her character, Ahsoka Tano, from Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
“Reshiram Wedding Dress” by Martha Calderon
Inspired by Reshiram from Pokémon.
“Crimson Spellcaster” by Michael Yale
Inspired by the Scarlet Witch from Captain America: Civil War.
“Yang Xiao Long; From Ballroom to Battle” by Carina Laviolette
Inspired by RWBY.
“The Huntress” by Ericka Angiuli
Inspired by Supernatural.
“Report to My Division” by Lindsay Hamilton
Inspired by Captain Phasma from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
“The Pilbasian” by Kristin Koga
Inspired by Carol from The Last Man on Earth.
“Soldier of Embrace” by Lydia Tachkov
Inspired by Sailor Neptune from Sailor Moon.
“Princess of Legend” by Michelle Ramsay
Inspired by The Legend of Zelda.
“Diana on the Town” by Adria Sanchez-Chaidez
Inspired by Wonder Woman.
“Ode to the Goblin King” by Sarah Rader
Inspired by Jareth from Labyrinth.
“The Force Is Strong in Her!” by Judith Armas Orellana
Inspired by Kylo Ren from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
“First Order of Fashion” by Rose Ivy
Inspired by General Hux from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
“The Dragon Beyond the Wall” by Grace Duval
Inspired by Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones.
“Rage On” by Elissa Alcala
Inspired by the rage virus from 28 Days Later.
“The Car Gotham Deserves” by Cynthia Kirkland
Inspired by the Batmobile from Batman.
“The Story That Lived” by Tanya Apuya
Inspired by Harry Potter.
“TARDIS Through the Wormhole” by Lynne Marie Martens
Inspired by the TARDIS from Doctor Who.
“Hannibal’s Design” by Sarah Hambly
Inspired by Hannibal.
“A Promised New Life” by Alexandra Ray
Inspired by Howl from Howl's Moving Castle.
“I Solemnly Swear That I’m Up to Couture” by Camille Falciola
Inspired by the Marauder’s Map from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
“Newt’s Menagerie” by Harmony Leiker
Inspired by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
“Expecto Patronum” by Erica Williams
Inspired by the stag Patronus from Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix.
“Define Couture” by Laura Christina Ortiz
Inspired by Wall-E.
"The Always Dress” by Selina Zawacki
Inspired by the doe Patronus from Harry Potter.
“My Kind of Crazy” by Lauren Andrews
Inspired by the Red Hood.
“Oh What a Gown . . . What a Lovely Gown!” by Hannah Kent
Inspired by Imperator Furiosa from Mad Max: Fury Road.
“Falkor” by Jesse — Home Audience Winner
Inspired by The NeverEnding Story.
Audience Choice Winner and Judges' Choice Winner
Audience Choice Winner: “I Solemnly Swear That I’m Up to Couture”
Judges' Choice Winner: “Oh What a Gown . . . What a Lovely Gown!”