HerUniverse Fashion Show is back and better than ever! The show has been virtual for two years but made its triumphant return at San Diego Comic-Con 2022. To reflect the homecoming, this year’s theme was “Coming Home: Wizard of Oz.” As such, co-hosts Nina West and Ashley Eckstein rocked two magical looks inspired by Glinda the Good Witch and Dorothy Gale.
After reintroducing the show, the hosts introduced the judges which included last year’s winners Teighlor Johnson, Skyler Barrett and Vivien Lee and gave them the chance to finally walk the runway.
This year’s show saw 26 designers compete for the opportunity to design a HerUniverse collection for Hot Topic and Wonders (2023).
All the looks of this year’s finalists are available here:
This year’s looks were inspired by become red, Perry the Platypus Phineas and Ferb, Studio Ghibli Ponyo, Disney’s Mrs. Potts The beauty and the Beast, Disney Tinker Bell Peter Pan, Oh the places we’ll go Dr Seuss, Disney Bruno Encanto, The Matrix: Resurrections, My Hero Academia, Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away, Doctor Strange, BTS, the CW’s 100, Our Flag Means Death, the city of Gondor from The Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lizzy McGuire Movie, Into the Spiderverse, The Haunted Mansion, Disney Yzma The emperor’s new routine, by Disney Alice in Wonderland, Disney’s Hades Hercules, Ghostface and Casey Becker from Scream, Studio Ghibli’s No-Face Taken away as if by magic, Doctor Octopus fromSpider Man, and Godzilla.
As always, this show showcased creativity in Geek circles, with everyone from professional tailors and cosplayers to casual hobbyists and newcomers, people of all ages and genders coming together to celebrate fandom and Geek Couture.
Hosts Ashley Eckstein and Nina West also donned additional looks inspired by Romy and Michelle’s high school reunion and performed the dance from the movie, before finishing the show in Captain Marvel-inspired outfits.
Sonuniverse also took the time to unveil her collection for the Harajuku Collective, which will be a pop-up collaboration with Studio Ghibli debuting in Tokyo.
Small spoilers for those who want to see the results for themselves!
The show had 2 winners! Michael Burson (@thewizardtailor) won People’s Choice with his Doctor Strange: Hellfire Gala look and Cindy Guillermo Heselton (@sinnanoms) won Judge’s Choice for her CAGED look inspired by turn redboth wild and sensational.
But all of the looks were awesome, so be sure to check them out and the designers! I’m already looking forward to next year and everything that comes next for these designers and the show!
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