photo by Alex Arevalos

This past weekend was one of the biggest pop culture events of the year, San Diego Comic Con! It is the place for big announcements, like this year’s Aquaman and Shazam movie trailers, the announcement for the new Wonder Woman movie, and countless TV show trailers like The Walking Dead Season 9. Nickelodeon even announced that the nostalgic 90’s cartoon, Rugrats, was going to be coming back!

But the event that takes a back seat is the Her Universe Fashion Show. This year, young fashion designers competed with their pop culture-inspired “geek couture” designs for a chance to join a design team creating a Spring 2019 Avengers 4 fashion line for Hot Topic. It’s a hidden gem among the events at Comic Con. This was the 5th year for the fashion show and it was just as creative as ever. This was also the first year that the show exhibited its junior division, Her Universe Junior, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Powerpuff Girls.

Here are some of the most creative and innovative designs from the night, including the winners:

Kicking off the night, founder of the show, Ashley Eckstein’s dress was inspired by the 25th anniversary of The Nightmare Before Christmas. Made with 500 Jack Skellington Funko Pop heads. Designed by Andrew MacLaine. (photo by Alex Arevalos)

Inspired by Black Panther, “King Couture” by Sarah Hambly. (photo by Alex Arevalos)

Another Black Panther inspired design, “Yibambe” by Melissa Lynnette.(photo by Alex Arevalos)

Inspired by Tangled, “Best.Dress.Ever!” by Harmony Leiker. (photos by @hcprophoto)

Inspired by the Disney Park ride, “Style on Space Mountain” by Kelsey Michele. (photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher)

Inspired by Pocahontas, “Colors of Couture” by Chatam Gray. (photo by @hcprophoto)

Inspired by Wall-E, “Directive…?” by Phoebe Ping. (photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher)

Inspired by Godzilla, “Godzilla, Queen of the Monsters” by Tanya Apuya.(photo by Alex Arevalos)

Inspired by Harry Potter, “Flight of the Phoenix” by Lynne Martens.(photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher)

Inspired by The Gilmore Girls, “Coffee at Luke’s” by Sarah Timm.(photos by @hcprophoto)

Inspired by Star Wars, “Darkness Rising” by Christopher Lopez. (photo by @hcprophoto)

Inspired by Doctor Who, “Vincent and Exploding Tardis” by Carina Langley-Lacy.(photo by @hcprophoto)

And last but not least, the three winners of the night, Winner of the Judge’s Choice award: inspired by The Shape of Water, “The Couture of Water” by Cynthia Kirkland.(photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher)

(photo by @hcprophoto)

Winner of the Singer Award: inspired by Howl’s Moving Castle, “Howl-in’ For You” by Jane Burson.(photos by @hcprophoto)

Winner of the Audience’s Choice award: inspired by Aliens, “PWL Chic: Ripley In The Powerloader” by Kristi Siedow-Thompson.(photos by @hcprophoto)

Winners of the Her Universe Junior Competition:

(photos by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher)

(From left to right) Jelly Austin, Miranda Robles-Tuttle, Zoe Chavez, and Corina Smith. They will have the opportunity to design a Powerpuff Girls fashion line for BoxLunch.


Sara Gonzalez
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