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A lot of attention is paid to the costumes that superheroes wear, but their everyday duds are often ignored. The creative team behind Batgirl decided to release images of their inspirations for her wardrobe. There are very real-world versions of the clothes she wears, and if you want to imitate her style, these pictures are a great place to start.

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If you’re working on anything Tron related for your next cosplay, then you’re going to love this fancy new thread made by Corning. It comes in a variety of colors, is flexible, and can be used in everything from cars to household decor to clothes. Think of the possibilities!

It’s called Fibrance and this fiber-optic thread just needs a light source like a laser pointer to let loose its glow. When it’s not doing its Tron thing, the thread is so thin that it’s basically invisible.

See the video after the break for more info.

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We’ve got our first look at Allison Williams as Peter Pan in the upcoming NBC live musical thanks to The Today Show, and things are a little different. Gone are the tights and dress-like tunic in favor of a pair of shorts and little brown boots. It looks like Peter may never grow up, but they’ve definitely made sure his costume isn’t stuck in the past.

See a video of Williams learning to fly after the break.

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This working cyborg arm built out of Lego is the brainchild of Diavo Voltaggio. He made the creation at Brick Fair in Chantilly, Virgina and calls it the Mark VI since it’s the sixth version of the arm that he has created. He built it using a Lego Mindstorms EV3 set. Mashable notes:

The Mark VI features LED lights and a smartphone cradle, although neither are necessary to the arm’s functioning. Despite its simplicity, the machine sucks up quite a bit of juice: Voltaggio says he has to replace the batteries in the arm every hour or so.

It all works via little buttons inside the arm that, when touched, cause motors to activate making the fingers open and close. Next up on his to-do list? A full body!

See video of the arm in action and an interview with the designer after the break.

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This gorgeous fabric never looks the same twice since it changes as wind flows over its surface. It comes from material studio The Unseen who developed a special ink that reacts to changes in the air with a fluctuating pattern of colors. Artist Lauren Bowker worked with the studio on a special collection for Swarovski called “Air” which was a part of this year’s London Fashion Week. According to My Modern Met:

The biological and chemical technology is integrated into layers of fabric and transforms its color in response to pressure change. Air’s nano compounds, inks, and dyes are capable of sensing up to seven stimuli: heat, UV, pollution, moisture, chemicals, friction, and sound. Each element has a different color-altering effect; pollution, for instance, can change between yellow to black. The result is that it translates our environment into a stunning visual representation, where a multi-faceted garment is reminiscent of an insect’s iridescent exoskeleton.

This complex process results in some truly mesmerizing clothing.

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Guardians of the Galaxy has only been in theaters for a few days, but even before it hit the big screen, people were cosplaying the characters. Designer Sara Richard was inspired to create some very high fashion versions of both Groot and Rocket Raccoon, and she gave them yet another twist by making them women. The results are beautiful. Somebody, go cosplay these!

Check out Sara’s site for more amazing pop culture fashion designs.

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These gorgeous steampunk versions of Disney characters come from the mind of DeviantArtist MecaniqueFairy who has taken everyone to a whole new world. Each character gets steampunk additions that perfectly fit, like goggles on Mickey’s top hat, Tinkerbell with mechanical wings, and Ariel with a breathing mask and finned boots.

See more of our favorites after the break.

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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 body paint is so good that it takes your brain a few seconds to grasp what it’s actually seeing. Believe it or not, this is a contortionist that’s bent over backward and painted to look like a tarantula. She also did a sea horse and giraffe design but the spider is by far the creepiest of the lot.

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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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