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Her Universe brought geeky haute couture to San Diego Comic-Con last night with its first ever fashion show. Hosted at a room in the Hyatt by Her Universe, Hot Topic, and Nerdist, the event showcased work from both amateur and professional designers and took a moment to show off new items in the Her Universe collection – including a peek at apparel from their Studio Ghibli partnership.

The designers entered a contest online with a chance to participate in the fashion show and win the opportunity to work with Her Universe and Hot Topic to design a line of geek chic apparel. There were 36 designers, and they didn’t kid around. There were dresses and ensembles based on characters such as Marty McFly, Doctor Doom, Death, Kara Thrace, Loki, and so many more. Some outfits incorporated LEDs and impressive transformations, and more than a few of them included dangerous looking high heels. I was floored by the creativity on display.

There were a dazzling array of haute couture designs, and it was lovely to see geek apparel get fashion week treatment. I’ve never been to a show like this, but the runway and sea of blinking flashes from cameras looked just like what I’ve seen on television. I think these designs were much cooler than most (with the possible exception of the Rodarte Star Wars dresses).

The Evil Queen and Marty McFly took home top prizes. Designer Andrew MacLaine created a look based on Regina Mills from Once Upon a Time. The dress changed from an everyday look to a stunning black ensemble. The transformation made the crowd go wild. Amy Beth Christenson came up with a rocking design that captured the essence of Back to the Future; it looked futuristic and awesome – the crowd oohed and aahed when the ensemble made its entrance onto the runway.

See several hot looks from the runway after the break.

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Her Universe has released info on the seriously awesome geek fashions they’re debuting this year at SDCC.

With licenses like Star Wars, Marvel, Doctor Who, Star Trek, The Walking Dead and Transformers, they’ll be offering several new designs along with dresses, cardigans, fashion tops and much more. In addition, they’ll be selling the new Nerdist Ultimate Convention Hoodie.

For those of you with a passion for jewelry, the Star Wars by Her Universe R2-D2 My Hero Jewelry Collection is making its convention debut as well.

Plus, they’re giving away a free Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy slap bracelet with every purchase made at the Her Universe booth located in the Lucasfilm Pavilion, #2913-E.

Head after the break to see pictures of what’ll be available at the show (and stay tuned as we will be covering the Her Universe fashion show in person at SDCC).

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This 3D Alien Xenomorph suit is the work of UK-based James Burton of XRobots who makes all sorts of science fiction props. This is just the latest of his incredible creations. According to 3D Printing Industry:

This isn’t Bruton’s first Alien suit, he previously constructed a suit by sculpting the parts in clay, creating plaster molds and then casting the parts in latex rubber. While he was happy with the results of his first suit he found it to be messy and time consuming to construct. Additionally the head was extremely heavy and the bodysuit was made of more liquid latex, so it was quite difficult to move around and uncomfortable.

His new Xenomorph project will be constructed in small, individual 3D printed parts that can be easily fit together. By designing his suit in pieces not only can he build it to a size specific for himself, but he can put in closures and connectors so each piece can fit together seamlessly.

See more pictures and the video after the break.

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This series of images comes to us from artist Sasha Mutch who has given the characters from Sailor Moon a fantasy RPG makeover. Jupiter looks particularly badass as a hammer-wielding warrior.

See larger images after the break.

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Batman is celebrating his 75th birthday this year and this infographic shows just how much the Bat Symbol has changed over all those years. It even breaks it down by comic variants and those seen in the films. This look back comes just in time for “Batman Day” on July 23rd.

However, we went a step further and added a second infographic that focuses solely on Batman’s cowls. It covers all the cowl’s changes from huge pointy ears to no ears and everywhere in between.

See both infographics after the break.

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The Stagmer Brothers take center stage in Man at Arms: Reforged. They don’t just recreate weapons from fiction, they mash-up the best of the best. In their latest episode, they put together two of the coolest superhero weapons: Batman’s Batarangs and Wolverine’s claws. The result is pretty much epic.

Watch how the combo is made in the video after the break.

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This incredible nail art is the work of Break Rules, Not Nails who has designed the perfect nails for all you IT folks. What makes these designs really pop is that it’s not just polish, but polish combined with circuits pulled from old mobile phones.

See more pictures after the break.

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It’s fun to shop for products simply based on packaging from time to time, and I definitely do it with perfume bottles. I mean, if I can get a nice scent and have something that looks good on my shelf, why wouldn’t I buy it? Needless to say, I’d be tempted to buy several of these superhero serum cologne bottles if they actually existed. Web design company Animink created concept art for an upscale men’s fragrance line as an experiment. The bottles are inspired by heroes such as Captain America, Batman, and Superman.

Check out more of the cologne bottle designs after the break.

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Cutting hair and styling it into new looks is one thing, but Rob Ferrel, a.k.a. Rob the Original, takes the skill to a whole new level. He creates detailed portraits using hair and dye. He’s clipped everyone from Spider-Man to basketball players onto heads, and I can’t get over how intricate the designs are. Ferrel said the skill has been developing for eight years and started when kids brought requests for art to the barbershop with reference pics: “At first it was simple patterns and designs, but now if they bring me any image, I can replicate it in their hair.”

See more of Rob’s work after the break, including videos of him creating Steve Jobs and Walking Dead haircuts.

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The creative team behind Batgirl is changing up and the character is getting a new costume to match. Gail Simone is moving on with Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher taking over writing while Babs Tarr takes on drawing. Batgirl’s look gets a nice update with some chunky yellow boots and a slick leather (not spandex!) jacket that cosplayers will likely jump all over.

The first issue with the new look (#35) hits shelves this October. Check out an interview with the team on MTV.

(via The Mary Sue)