San Diego Comic-Con kicked off with a celebration of geek fashion at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, where Ashley Eckstein held the second annual “Geek Couture” fashion show. Geek chic apparel companies Her Universe and Hot Topic joined forces once again to offer amateur designers the opportunity to create and submit their own couture designs inspired by popular works of media. From Alien to Tron, over 20 designers flaunted their creations down the runway, but only two were crowned as winners. Kelly Cercone’s Joker’s New Look won the judge’s choice, while the audience chose Leetal Platt’s Sailor Moon transformation dress.
There were so many other designs that rocked the runway, including Tara Reich’s “That’s No Moon” Death Star dress.
Tara Reich’s TIE fighter clutch caught people’s attention right away. Geek chic blog Set To Stunning wrote, “The TIE fighter clutch really makes this look!” And it really does. Not only that, but the skirt also lights up!
Tara Reich was also a contestant at last year’s Her Universe Fashion Show, where she submitted her Transformers Arcee dress. A cosplayer since 2002, Reich often designs apparel inspired by science fiction and fantasy television and movies.
And if the design seems very familiar, some may recall that a young fangirl at Star Wars Weekends also rocked a Death Star skirt, proving once again that Star Wars inspires us all to be creative and ingenious in many different ways.
Although the Empire seemed to be the only presence at the fashion show, there were supposed to be at least two more designs inspired by the galaxy far, far away, including a Bespin Leia dress by Megan Porch and Meredith Placko (as seen below) as well as a design called “The Empire Style’s Back” by Kristi Siedow-Thompson (whose name and dress appeared on the ballot).
And of course, Ashley Eckstein made her first appearance on the runway with a gown inspired by Princess Leia and designed by Andrew MacLaine.
Ashley Eckstein’s three wardrobe changes throughout the fashion show. (Photo Top Left: Heath Hyche, Photo Top Center: Heath Hyche, Photo Top Right: Set To Stunning, Photo Bottom Left/Center/Right: Hot Topic)
Fans enjoyed the quality of the show and the celebration of fangirl fashion in the geek community. Bleeding Cool’s Jeremy Konrad wrote, “It was amazing! For sure, the highlight of the con.”
Big news also broke out during the event. Variety reported that the Her Universe Fashion Show will become a reality series next year on the Comic-Con’s streaming service. The series–produced by Her Universe, Blondie Girl Prods. and Lionsgate–will follow the contestants as they design their garments for next year’s fashion show.
I know I’ve said it many times before, but it’s definitely a wonderful time to be a fangirl! Share your favorite design in the comments section below.
(Featured Photo: Set To Stunning)