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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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During the Her Universe Fashion Show at San Diego Comic-Con, Ashley Eckstein of Her Universe revealed a new line of clothing featuring characters from Studio Ghibli! She teased the team-up on Instagram recently and confirmed it by donning a haute couture Totoro dress at the fashion show.

Models wore items from the new Ghibli including tank tops and a Totoro cosplay dress. The Studio Ghibli items will be available exclusively at Hot Topic beginning this holiday season, and there will be designs for both men and women. My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service will be the first titles in the collection, but others will follow.

UPDATE: A couple of photos of the collection from the fashion show are 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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Cheering on sportsball teams doesn’t appeal to me, but geek jerseys are an idea I can get behind. Her Universe and Think Geek have just released a Doctor Who raglan jersey that has the logo on the front and the number 63 on the back. That represents the first year Doctor Who aired and is definitely an occasion to commemorate.

See the front of the jersey after the break.

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Ashley Eckstein and Her Universe just keep cranking out awesome themed clothing lines and the new Transformers collection is no exception. From a Bumblebee A-Line dress to Autobot leggings to a Dinobots baseball shirt, it’s got something for everyone.

Check out more of the new Transformers line by Her Universe after the break.

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This is probably the most clever Hail Hydra shirt ever created. With the lights on, it looks like you’re loyal to SHIELD. Turn the lights off and the symbol for Hydra glows eerily from your chest. This is just one of the new Marvel items that Her Universe has revealed. There’s also a Captain America cardigan, hooded tank, and adorable costume dress as well as jerseys, t-shirts, and even Avengers leggings.

See more pictures after the break.

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Ashley Eckstein of Her Universe has done it again with her latest line that is set to debut at Star Wars Weekends held at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida from May 16th through June 15th. There are new t-shirts, hooded tanks that will turn you into Boba Fett or an Ewok, dresses with R2-D2 and Rebel Alliance logos and even a Han Solo dress.

The highlight of the collection is a beautiful line of R2-D2 jewelry designed at The Sparkle Factory. It’s part of the “My Hero Collection” and features high-end pieces that all retail for under $100. The line includes rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings, all with a little cameo-style image of R2-D2.

If you can’t make it to Star Wars Weekends, don’t worry. The pieces will all be available on the Her Universe website beginning on May 19th.

See more pictures after the break…

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We never knew we wanted to dress up like an Ewok, but after seeing this tease of a new Her Universe hoodie it’s all we can think about! Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein teased the new product on Tumblr writing “For all of the Ewok lovers out there, this one’s for you!”

It looks like the photo was part of a shoot for new products that will be coming soon. Eckstein also offered a sneak peek at some cute  Star Wars and Doctor Who-themed dresses. No word on when these might be released, though the #sww2014 tag used on the Ewok post may indicate we’ll see the Star Wars designs appear at next month’s Star Wars weekends.

See the dresses after the break!

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Her Universe will be presenting the first-ever geek couture fashion show and design competition at San Diego Comic-Con this year, and if you’re an aspiring designer then your fashions could appear in the show. Initially, there will be thirty contestants chosen from the pool of submissions. Anyone can win by entering a design at Her Universe. These have to be clothing designs, not cosplay costumes, and they can come from any fandom, but must be submitted by April 4th.

Thirty winners will be chosen by April 18th and they’ll have their fashions featured at the show. Designers can choose to have a model wear their work or they can choose to strut down the runway in their own design. Those thirty contestants will then be whittled down to two grand prize winners at the show with one being chosen by an expert panel of judges and the other being selected by the audience.

Grand prize winners will each get the chance to co-design a Her Universe fashion collection for Hot Topic along with Ashley Eckstein (who happens to look fantastic in this Darth Vader couture piece).

See more pictures and the video after the break…

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Valentine’s Day is creeping closer and closer, and you don’t want to be left in the themed aisle of the grocery store scrambling for a box of chocolate and flowers at the last minute. We’ve got a few ideas for the special geek girl in your life that are sure to brighten her Valentine’s Day—or any day for that matter.

Check out the gift suggestions after the break.

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