From a mother and daughter walking down the runway to Ashley Eckstein’s publishing deal with Disney, several dreams came true Thursday night at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, where the annual Her Universe Fashion Show took place.
Last year, Eckstein celebrated the return of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars Rebels, but this year, she tapped into something inspiring and passed that down to everyone in the audience: “If you can dream, you can do it.”
It was also the inspiration behind her deep blue and bedazzled dress, which was designed in 3 days by the 2014 Her Universe Fashion Show winner, Andrew MacLaine.
For its 4th year in a row, the fashion show debuted a variety of out-of-this-world designs from 25 contestants striving to make their own dreams come true.
The panel of judges included last year’s winners (Hannah Kent, Camille Falciola, and Jesse Thaxton), Hot Topic’s Cindy Levitt, Disney Style’s Nicole Myknott, Yaya Han, and Harley Quinn Smith.
Before the runway presentations officially kicked off, Eckstein unveiled future collections, including the upcoming Disney Channel Originals collection which will contain shirts featuring That’s So Raven and Lizzie McGuire.
Eckstein also happily announced that she will be writing a book for Disney called It’s Your Universe and it will be about how to make your own dreams come true.
Soon after the announcement, the show kicked off and the runway this year branched out to other realms, such as video games (like Overwatch and Portal) and Studio Ghibli.
For Star Wars fans out there, two garments were based on fan-favorite characters, specifically Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Chirrut Îmwe from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
“Tano Couture” was designed by Rachel Roth.
“My design is inspired from my favorite spunky Jedi, Ahsoka Tano,” she said in her designer bio. “I took a lot of inspiration from her last look in The Clone Wars.” She also loves to combine soft feminine detailing with harder and bolder elements.
“A Heart of Kyber” was designed by Britley Morgan Smith.
“Wearing geek fashion is like wearing a badge of honor, and as geek culture becomes more and more widespread, it is moving up the chain into higher markets,” she said in her own bio. “Even Rodarte had a runway collection which featured scenes from Star Wars printed on their dresses. I look forward to the future and being able to draw strength from the characters I love by wearing them as inspiration.”
Many more designs incorporated technology and unique techniques, and for the first time ever, the judges announced a tie between two contestants: Rose Ivy and Lindsay Meesak Orndorff.
Rose Ivy, “Sorceress Supreme” (Doctor Strange)
Lindsay Meesak Orndorff, “Leader of the Pack” (Princess Mononoke)
Grace DuVal, “Don’t Panic” (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)
Another first from the show was the announcement of what the designers would be working on for Hot Topic’s fashion collection next spring. The Her Universe designers will be designing a Disney Princess collection, and without a doubt, we’ll conduct designer interviews on Galactic Fashion closer to the release date.
Until then, stay tuned for our 12-minute highlights video from the Fashion Show that will hit YouTube next week.
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