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The #WEWANTWIDOW international cosplay flash mob was a huge success. Fans from 16 cities participated in the event, dressing in black and red while holding signs intended to promote the idea that Black Widow should have more exposure in movies and in merchandise. Participants started posting pictures online with the hash tag and social media users began to follow and share. At one point the hash tag was even trending:

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The Black Widow cosplay event inspired others to join in too. Suddenly tons of cosplayers and fans got into Black Widow attire and starting posting their pictures to share and show support. And in Tennessee, where we didn’t have a scheduled flash mob, fans got so inspired that two mobs appeared at both Fanboy Con in Knoxville and Memphis Con!

Our main goal was to bring awareness to the fact that Black Widow, and female superheroines in general, should be more visible on screen and in stores. By promoting her image as loudly as we could with a multi-city flash mob event, I think we nailed it. I hope that this is the beginning of a more inclusive superhero universe for future movies and merchandise. I hope that the companies making awesome movies and fantastic toys and clothes realize that they can do even more because they have a bigger demographic than they originally thought.

Check out the photos of the amazing cosplayers, supporters, and artwork after the break.

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Star Wars Day is a very special day for me, because it involves Star Wars and bad puns, which are two of my favorite things in life. A third favorite thing: Awesome clothes. I’ve scoured the Internet, from Her Universe (who are running a Star Wars sale today) to itty bitty Etsy shops, to bring you some of the choiciest Star Wars wearables the Internet has to offer.

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Reliving the fashion disasters of Buffy the Vampire Slayer got me thinking about why in God’s name anyone would wear a mushroom shirt, sure (I’ve yet to figure that one out), but also about how fashion of our beloved geeky shows changes from season to season. To a large extent that change is a result of shifting trends in the real world, sure, but there’s also something to be said for character development and its impact on sartorial stylings.

For examples, look no further than…

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There was a lot right with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The array of complex characters, the banter, every single thing about Anya “Can I trade in the children for more cash?” Jenkins. But there’s a blight on the show’s otherwise sterling legacy, and it ain’t season seven. (Lies. It is, actually, season seven.)

I rewatched Buffy recently, and let me tell you, I had completely forgotten how eye-scorchingly atrocious the outfits are. Or maybe “blocked out for my own mental health” is the right way to put it. Damn the ’90s to the lowest corner of the Hellmouth. I mean, look at this stuff:

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The temperatures are dropping which means winter is on its way! As you’re preparing for cold winds and snow flurries, why not update your winter wardobe with some new geek fashions?

Whether its clothing or accessories, you can find gear for the chilly weather that’s inspired by basically every fandom. Find a variety of comfy, stylish winter options for both men and women after the break.

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As if we didn’t already love Marvel enough, all the recent cinematic universe news has Marvel front and center in our fashionably geek brains. We have a feeling many of you might also be looking for ways to display your excitement for Marvel in your style, so we assembled some everyday cosplay outfits that perfect for showing your love of their classic heroes and villains in just about any situation.

For each outfit we found dresses inspired by Marvel characters along with some heroic cosmetics and accessories to continue the theme and really capture the spirit and style of each character.

From Captain Marvel to Iron Man, after the break you can find seven Marvel-inspired everyday cosplay outfits that will make you the stylish hero (or villain) our universe needs!

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On Sunday the second annual Geekie Awards took place in Los Angeles, celebrating geek culture with 12 different categories. This year a new category was added that focused on the growing area of geek fashion. The Fashion and Armor category, presented by Vanichi Magazine, was added after awards creator and showrunner Kristen Nedopak saw the fashions people wore on the red carpet at last year’s event.

“As a female geek, I’ve never hidden the side of me that embraces being a woman, and that means dressing up or down when I please. ‘Geek Couture’ has grown tremendously in the last few years, and more women are realizing they can still be geeks and look beautiful too!” Nedopak told Fashionably Geek. “We’re seeing designers getting creative with the art of fashion in these genres, and we wanted to honor that in this year’s show.”

There were five nominees in the category specializing in armor, steampunk, corsetry, and more. The winner will receive a full feature fashion spread in an issue of Vanichi Magazine.

Find out who won and get a glimpse of all the nominees’ stylish, geeky products after the break!

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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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Warm weather and sunshine are here, which means you’re probably getting ready to head to the beach to take advantage of some much needed relaxing on the sand. If you’re wondering how you can best express your geeky side while enjoying your day out, we have some (many) suggestions!

With a little research you can find a bathing suit inspired by almost any fandom. Whether anime or video games are your passion, you have options when it comes to swimwear. Not only that, but there are a number of fun beach accessories inspired by pop culture that you can bring along too! Why not go all the way and let your geekiness shine in every aspect of your beach experience?

Discover some great stylish, beach gear inspired by a range of fandoms after the break!

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Prom season is drawing to a close, but if you’re still looking for inspiration for a dress to wear, we suggest looking to a classic pop culture institution: Disney. Between princesses and villains it’s no surprise that a number of prom gowns have been created with certain Disney characters in mind. We found dresses specifically inspired by Disney that might be the perfect fit for your magical night.

Of course it’s not just the dress you need for prom, but the cosmetics to match. If your dress is already Disney-inspired, then why not continue the pop culture theme with some geeky cosmetics? Have some fun matching your makeup colors to your gown for an extraordinary, stunning look.

After the break discover eight pairings of Disney-inspired dresses with some beautifully geeky cosmetics that will make you the nerdy belle of the ball!

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