Batman has an endless supply of technological gadgets and armor, but this real-world version of super-armor puts his to shame. It wasn’t designed by a billionaire philanthropist but by a group of weaponry experts and researchers who’ve worked on projects like Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
Over the course of four years, the team designed armor that would offer both exceptional protection and the flexibility the wearer would need during a battle. The design was made real by Unified Weapons Master who even filmed the armor being put to the test.
Batman is going to be so jealous.
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Photo by Donna Granata. Model: Kristen Dalton.
From intricate chainmail dresses to armor-like leggings, it’s hard not to be amazed when we see fashion designers inspired by unique materials like chainmail and plate armor. Each style might conjure images of a medieval age when knights would have been more likely to be seen sporting these materials, but instead contemporary designers make us see how they can work and be extremely stylish in the present day.
It’s not easy creating elegant designs from metal materials or printed patterns that look so much like the real thing. So how do designers actually do it? We spoke with Elaine Unzicker of Unzicker Designs and Holly Renee of Shenova to find out.
Discover more amazing fashions—along with some behind-the-scenes peeks at their creation—and learn how these designers work after the break.
Clawz are not Crocs, but they’re definitely Crocs-like. They may also be even more hideous—which was previously thought to be impossible.
As the name suggests, there are giant plastic claws sprouting from the front of the shoe. The claws are even customizable so you can give your shoes a pedicure with polka dots, stripes and pretty much whatever your creative little mind can manage.
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Here’s some high fashion that nerds can understand. It’s Rodarte’s Fall/Winter line and it features dresses with images of Yoda, Luke, C-3PO and the Death Star. The internet, predictably, went absolutely crazy over the designs and tweeted their enthusiastic approval.
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Dinosaurs never hung out with humans and shared a nice cup of tea, but this Velociraptor is definitely ready for tea time. She’s the work of artist Adam Mazur who designed Victorian Velociraptor with Violets using acrylic and liquid gold leaf. I’d love to see him expand the series with a whole alphabet of dinosaurs.
Cosplayer Angela Clayton has dedicated 250 hours and over 100,000 rhinestones to this gorgeous Elsa costume.
She’s created it all, from the initial drawing to the styling of the wig. However, it’s not meant to be an exact match to the film.
As Angela explained on her blog:
I must admit that this costume isn’t entirely accurate to what you see in the movie, I changed certain things and slightly altered others. My focus was on making a costume I felt did the title of “Snow Queen” justice, more so then accurately recreating the one she wore.
The skirt is a silk chiffon with metallic threads of silver woven through, and it’s lined with powder blue peachskin. The bodice is two layers of kona cotton, with plastic boning sewn between them. The bodice was covered with canvas squares, cotton, paint and rhinestones in an attempt to create an accurate texture. Both the bodice and skirt lace up the back. The cape (or train) and undershirt are made from eleven yards of stretch mesh and embellished with over one hundred thousand rhinestones.
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If you love cats so much that you refuse to go anywhere without them, Tel Aviv-based designer Kobi Levi has designed the perfect pair of shoes for you.
Called “Miao”, this pair of pumps look just like a kitty stretching. Paws, tail and even a pretty pink collar. But I should warn you, these custom kitty feet are pricy enough to make you hiss.
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Disney fanart runs the gamut from mashups to fake Instagram accounts to cosmetics. Artist Ruby Spark designed a line of perfume bottles inspired by Disney villains, and they need to be real products. Instead of taking a plain bottle and slapping a Disney label on it, she pulled elements and colors from characters such as Maleficent and Ursula and based the design on them. It only takes one look at a bottle to recognize the character. The Gaston one has antlers for pity’s sake.
I can’t get over how inventive and creative these are! In fact, Disney could take some cues in makeup packaging from concepts like these.
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