The first-ever The Her Universe Fashion Show debuted at San Diego Comic-Con last night! Sponsored by Her Universe, Hot Topic and Nerdist Industries, there was a packed house and 36 stunning “Geek Couture” designs at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Harbor Ballroom. Only two designers could ultimately win the grand prize – the opportunity to design a fashion collection with Her Universe Founder Ashley Eckstein for specialty retailer, Hot Topic! Actress Ashley Eckstein is the Her Universe Founder and was the Fashion Show Host last night, and was joined by a panel of celebrity judges.
During the fashion show, Eckstein made a surprise announcement regarding a new collaboration with legendary Japanese animation company, Studio Ghibli, for an exclusive line of Her Universe fangirl merchandise to be sold exclusively at Hot Topic! This marks the first time Studio Ghibli has licensed a company to create apparel and gift items in the U.S. for such beloved Hayao Miyazaki films as My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Kiki’s Delivery Service. To honor this announcement, Eckstein wore a Totoro inspired geek couture gown designed and made by Catherine Elhoffer of Elhoffer Design!
In the end, the panel chose Amy Beth Christenson for her design “Great Skirt, Marty” based on Back to the Future while the audience picked Andrew MacLaine for his design Regina’s Curse based on Once Upon a Time. The designers’ fashions embraced everything that is celebrated at Comic-Con – from sci-fi films and TV to comics, gaming, fantasy and more! Check out the designs below along with Eckstein's amazing Totoro-inspired gown!
Both outfits are great! Which one would you have picked as #1?