Most people might consider geek culture and the fashion industry far apart on the spectrum of interest, but the two influence each other more than one would think.
And while fashion and geek aren’t always coupled together in a phrase, when they are the results are transformative, dynamic and dare we say it, chic!
Nicole Miller designs Jean Grey’s wedding gown for X-Men issue #30
Nicole Miller was (and remains to be) one of the most prolific dress makers of the ’90s, dressing the likes of : Beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Brooke Shields, Alicia Keys and countless others. Her modernist take on the “everyday woman” was her claim to fame, making socialites and Hollywood A-listers clamor over her form fitting gowns.
So when it was announced that Miller would be designing the gown for X-darling Jean Grey, fans and fashion fiends alike got a taste of a fantastic marriage, and we’re not referring to Scott and Jean’s. Nicole loved the story of Scott & Jean so much, that she was added into the story via a post card from Jean to her mother. The iconic 1994 title remains to be one of the most popular in the ’90s run of X-Men, and showcases some amazing visuals by artist Andy Kubert.
Now if there’s any designer that is THE hallmark dress innovator for women of all ages its Diane Von Furstenburg, a power house in the industry. To give you some insight on the magnitude of DVF’s career, In 2005, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) awarded her the Lifetime Achievement Award and the following year named her as their president, a position she has held since 2006. DVF and Wonder Woman are a match made in geek chic heaven. Diane has so many wonderful quotes about the modern woman and has always been inspired by the Amazonian princess.
In 2008 Diane produced a resort collection (named Wonder Woman in fact) that took inspiration from the Amazonian’s uniform colors. In Addition to that, she worked with DC comics and artist Konstantin Kakanias on a comic titled The Adventures of Diva, Viva & Fifa. All of the proceeds of the limited edition comic went to Vital Voices, a nonprofit organization that helps to empower women on a global scale. The comic is an inspirational read and encourages women to be their own Wonder Women, with a letter by Lynda Carter and an original storyline by Diane herself. If that’s not a real embodiment of a Wonder Woman, we don’t know what is.
The 2008 Met Ball Announces Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy Exhibit
Consider the Met Gala the Oscars of the fashion world. It’s the premiere night to flex your fashion muscle, and possibly the only red carpet you’ll see Hayden Christensen and Naomi Campbell within 15 ft of each other. Every year is a themed exhibit, and in 2008 The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced the Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy Exhibition.
Aside from the intense red carpet coverage, the exhibition is typically the highlight of the event. Superheroes:Fashion and Fantasy focused on elements of cinematic costume design and combined it with donated designer pieces that fit the aesthetic of the featured superheroes. Above is a featured Batman gallery with looks from french designer Thierry Mugler, accompanied by Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight costume. Other heroes featured included: Catwoman, Superman, Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, Ghost Rider, Poison Ivy and countless others.
This exhibit is considered one of the industry’s best and most innovative, because let’s be real here; who doesn’t want to get dressed up to stare at superheroes for the evening? You can definitely sign us up if the opportunity ever presents itself again.
Giorgio Armani official bespoke tailor for Bruce Wayne in The Dark Knight Rises
Wayne has always been synonymous with two things: wealth, and of course “The Bat.” So the conjoined forces of Italy’s most renowned suit maker and DC’s resident playboy is a match made in dynamic duo heaven. (No offense Robin.) Ironically enough, The Dark Knight Rises showcases a less flashier Bruce (as he’s rumored to be retired and finds himself broke), but if what they say holds some grain of truth (suit makes the man), then Bruce’s on-screen digs rivals that of his bad ass Bat-suit.
Giorgio created a collection of tailor-made two-piece suits with matching ties and shirts all attuned to Christian Bale’s physique. Each suit features an owner’s label inscribed with “Giorgio Armani for Bruce Wayne.”
Rodartè presents The Force at F/W 2014 Fashion Week
Fashion Week is a pretty serious matter, but designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodartè consistently showing off fun and colorful designs, never playing it safe and building a massive fan base. But their latest fall/winter season gowns featuring Star Wars greats such as Luke Skywalker, Yoda, The Death Star, and C-3P0, which are beyond jaw-dropping for both nerd and fashion fiend alike. Multiple designers have admittedly discussed their influences of sci-fi, fantasy and superhero genres on their collection, but it’s rare seeing a collection so literally influenced, especially with couture-like gowns.
To show that Rodartè has validity in the world of fashion, above is Kirsten Dunst at this year’s Met Gala (which was this past Monday), showing off some Star Wars love on the red carpet. Perfect timing, considering the gala took place a day after May the 4th.
Geek influence can be wherever you look to find it, so it may be worth taking a closer look at the fashion industry. Because of a more fashion and geek conscious consumer, brands such as Welovefine.com, Black Milk, HerUniverse.com and Society 6 have emerged developing unique fusion lines for the bipartisan in all of us.
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Warner Brothers, Marvel and the CFDA