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We all know that many female superheroes tend to wear costumes that are impractical at best. Artist Lord Ingvard is working on a series of revamped costumes that are functional but still feminine. He writes:

I love comics and superheroes as much as the next nerd, but the women’s costumes—sweet mother of Moses!—the COSTUMES. At the very least, highly impractical. And at worst, incredibly sexist. I mean, EXTREMELY so. Honestly, I don’t know why women haven’t been a lot more angry and vocal about this kind of thing over the years. Like “Ferguson riot” angry. Don’t get me wrong, I believe that expressing one’s sexuality is a natural, healthy thing, and certainly not something to be censured or shamed, but holly hammer of Thor, there’s a time and a place for everything!

That being said, I just had to take a shot at addressing the most obvious problems. Now, I am not by any means an experienced or accomplished character designer. I am not suggesting these costume re-designs are ideal, or even very good. My main goal was to at least TRY to approach the subject of female superheroes with the degree of logic, equality, and respect they—and their readers—deserve.

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Architect and fashion illustrator Shamekh Bluwi has come up with a unique way to combine his two skills into one. He creates paper cutouts of his dress designs leaving large blank spaces. He then holds them up to the real world and lets the city of Amman, Jordan complete the design.

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Some Chameleon species are known for their ability to change color and blend in with their surroundings. However, the image above is not a chameleon.

In a startling twist, it’s actually two women wearing cleverly applied body paint.

Indeed, artist Johannes Stötter has made it look like two women are a single chameleon crawling along a branch. It took him four hours to design the piece and another six to apply the paint with the help of an assistant. It’s hard to see their individual bodies at all until they slowly separate and break the illusion.

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Things have changed a lot since the ’70s, and the costumes worn by Electra Woman and Dyna Girl are no exception. The original Sid and Marty Krofft series had the pair in red and yellow spandex with capes, but Grace Helbig and Hanna Hart get much better outfits in the upcoming Legendary webseries. This new costumes are fantastic!

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An industrial design student at Philadelphia University named Jackson Gordon (no relation to the Gotham detective) recently built a Batman-style combat suit that might actually be able to protect you from a stabbing at the hands of Talia al Ghul.

It’s not bulletproof mind you, but it does offer protection from bats, machetes and fists. Originally, Gordon designed a cosplay version of the Batsuit that was purely for entertainment purposes, but he soon felt the need to design an actual suit, so he started making prototypes last September.

The suit weighs roughly 25 pounds (the helmet alone weights three pounds), and speaking with USA Today he notes:

“It sounds like a lot, and when you have it in a bag over your shoulder it weighs a ton, but when you are actually wearing it, you barely feel it,” he said. “If this were to inhibit my movement, it would be completely useless.”

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Those cute little mice whip up a beautiful dress, but this variant might be out of their reach. In Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella, which opens next month, the wedding dress designed by Sandy Powell draws on the original, but with updated touches that make it worthy of any bride walking down the aisle today.

The beige silk organza gown took 15 people over 500 hours to complete and features a dozen layers of fabric. To keep it looking light and airy, they used crepeline silk, printed polyester, and iridescent nylon. The wedding dress was so complex that only one version was made for the movie. Her ballgown, however, was duplicated 9 times with each using 270 yards of fabric and 10,000 Swarvovski crystals. Those dresses each took 18 people 500 hours to complete.

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This crazy-cool pixellated hair is a new trend in coloring by X-Presion that was recently featured in a Revlon Professional collection. Hair color is applied to just small sections of the hair to give it a blocky, pixellated look. Sometimes it’s subtle with colors complementing the natural hair color, but some of it is wild with bright greens and reds that will have you rubbing your eyes.

See Also: This Leatherdos Hair Clip Doubles As A Multi-Tool

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These gorgeous pictures show us how Frozen characters would look in traditional Chinese garb called Cheongsam. It’s the work of Constable-frozen who created these computer-generated versions of Anna and Elsa that puts them in China instead of Norway. We’d love to see this movie.

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Not a bad looking shirt right? Well, take a closer look at the pattern after the break…

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If you’re looking for a different, and more literal, form of self-expression, then you’ll probably dig these unique Typo Buttons. The buttons were designed by a Korean design shop called AND, and the basic idea behind them is that you can spell out a message with some creative stitching (and a couple extra button holes). Unfortunately, they aren’t available yet, but I have a feeling that these will be pretty popular, so expect to see them popping up soon.

Of course, you could probably make these fairly easy at home by modifying standard buttons.

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