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Calling All Designers! Submissions Are Now Open for the 2016 Her Universe Fashion Show at San Diego Comic-Con

Last year, GeekGirl World attended the Her Universe Fashion show, and it was a spectacular event for geek couture and nerd fashion! Her Universe and fashion retail partner Hot Topic will be hosting their premiere geek couture runway fashion show again this year on July 21 at 6pm at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel during San Diego Comic-Con. The third annual Her Universe Fashion show will once again offer fans and aspiring designers the chance to submit their pop culture inspired designs to compete on the runway for the unique opportunity to design their very own collection exclusively for Hot Topic stores. The Her Universe Fashion Show has been one of the biggest special events at Comic-Con since it’s inception, and this year it is poised to be even bigger as they make bold strides to further enhance the experience of the show.

The submission process is NOW OPEN for up and coming designers 18 years or older. One of the biggest changes this year will be the opportunity for designers in the Southern California area to submit their designs to Her Universe and Hot Topic judges at the Hollywood and Highland location of Hot Topic in Los Angeles on April 23, starting at 10am. If you don’t live in the Southern California area, or can’t make it to the open call, no worries, because ALL designers (including those who attend the open call) will still need to submit their entries online. However, online submissions will now have the additional option of adding a video explanation to present their idea to the judges. Get those submissions ready, folks! The deadline for ALL applications (including those planing to attend in-person at the open call in LA) is 11:59pm PST on Sunday, April 24, 2016. Submit your designs for consideration here! GOOD LUCK!

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Original sketches from last year’s winning fashion show designers, Kelly Cercone (Joker’s New Look) and Leetal Platt (Usagi’s Transformation). The design competition submission process for the 2016 Her Universe Fashion Show is now is open for designers to submit their own women’s fashion designs based on anything that is celebrated at Comic-Con, original or inspired by popular media

Once the call for submissions closes, twenty-five designers will chosen and notified on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. These twenty-five finalists will be given the opportunity to compete on the runway in the Her Universe Fashion Show at SDCC for the grand prize. The entire process from start to finish will be filmed as part of a docu-series set to air on the new Comic-Con HQ channel. Plus this year, in addition to the judges choice winner and audience choice winner at the show, a third winner will be selected by the viewers on the Comic-Con HQ channel at home!

Designer Kelly Cercone models her own geek couture design, Joker's New Look: Batman, which won last year's Judge's Choice in the 2015 Her Universe Fashion Show.
Designer Kelly Cercone models her own geek couture design, Joker’s New Look: Batman, which won last year’s Judge’s Choice in the 2015 Her Universe Fashion Show.

“My favorite part of The Her Universe Fashion Show has been getting to know all of the designers behind the scenes…With the new docu-series on Comic-Con HQ, fans will get to know each designer and follow their process and journey to the runway at SDCC. There are so many talented designers out there that just need the opportunity and platform to showcase their skills. I encourage fans to submit and no experience is necessary!”

– Ashley Eckstein, Her Universe Founder

“We always put the fans and community first at Her Universe and the fashion show is an example of our mission.”

– Michael Rego, Chief Executive Officer of The Araca Group, Eckstein’s partner in Her Universe.

Chloe Dykstra models last year's Her Universe Fashion Show Audience Choice winning design, Leetal Platt's Usagi's Transformation: Sailor Moon.
Chloe Dykstra models last year’s Her Universe Fashion Show Audience Choice winning design, Leetal Platt’s Usagi’s Transformation: Sailor Moon.
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Sneak peek of the new upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens collection, coming soon to Hot Topic, designed by last year’s fashion show winners – Leetal Platt and Kelly Cercone. Captain Phasma jacket (designed by Leetal) and Captain Phasma leggings (designed by Kelly). Image credit: Hot Topic

Along with her hosting duties for the fashion show, Eckstein will serve as Executive Producer in association with the Ashley and Jennifer Tisdale company, Blondie Girl Productions (Young & Hungry) on the docu-series for the Comic-Con HQ channel.

Her Universe:

Facebook – facebook.com/HerUniverse 

Twitter – twitter.com/HerUniverse

Hot Topic:

Facebook – facebook.com/hottopic

Twitter – twitter.com/hottopic

YouTube – youtube.com/hottopic

Instagram – instagram.com/hottopic

Blondie Girl Productions:

Facebook – facebook.com/blondiegirlproductions 

Twitter – https://twitter.com/BlondieGirlProd

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/blondiegirlproductions

Snapchat – blondiegirlprod

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Sneak Peek at The Geek Couture Hitting The Runway at SDCC Her Universe Fashion Show!

The second annual Her Universe fashion show, brainchild of actress and Her Universe Founder Ashley Eckstein is ready to invade San Diego Comic-Con with one of a kind geek couture! Hosting the event for the second time in a row, Ashley Eckstein is no stranger to geek culture. She is the voice actor of Ahsoka Tano on the hit TV series Star Wars Rebels and Clone Wars and has developed a fandom in her own right. She created the event to spotlight fangirl culture and the geeky fashions that this culture has inspired.
Last year the Her Universe fashion show debuted to a packed house and rave reviews. Highlighting the need for the “geek industry” to recognize its female fanbase. Fangirls are just as diehard as their male counterparts and in this #selfie obsessed world we live in now, girls aren’t afraid to proudly express their girly side through their fandoms! I’m happy to see that San Diego Comic-Con is filling these needs by making the fashion show an annual event and I can’t wait to see what other events this inspires.

Ashley Eckstein, on stage at last year's fashion show in her Studio Ghibli Totoro couture gown.
Ashley Eckstein, on stage at last year’s fashion show in her Studio Ghibli Totoro couture gown.

“We are so excited to return to San Diego Comic-Con with The Her Universe Fashion Show. Geek Fashion is a trend that’s not going away and once again we can’t wait to celebrate Fangirl Fashion on the runway. You will not want to miss the stunning pieces created by this year’s designers and the audience will participate by picking one of the winners!” – Ashley Eckstein, Founder, Her Universe

This year will feature 25 designers displaying their one of a kind “geek couture” fashions on the runway, they’ll be competing for the opportunity to design a limited edition fandom collection with Her Universe for Hot Topic. “Last year’s winners Andrew and Amy Beth blew us away with the amazing Marvel collection they designed for us,” said Cindy Levitt, SVP of Merchandising and Marketing at Hot Topic. “It truly hit home with the fangirl, as well as our fashion customer and was a fantastic success! We can’t wait to do it again this year!” The exclusive Marvel’s Avengers collection sold out in record numbers when it premiered in May of 2015. Hot Topic has ordered more since then and their collection can still be found in select Hot Topic stores.

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Last years winners Amy Beth Christenson and Andrew MacLaine along with Hot Topic’s SVP of Merchandising and Marketing, Cindy Levitt; singer/songwriter, voice actress and designer, Traci Hines; Manager of Licensing and Merchandising at Sony Pictures Television, Jessica Nubel will be on the panel of judges for this year’s fashion show. The 25 finalists competing in this year’s fashion show are: Lauren Andrews, Ericka Angiuli, Kelly Cercone, Laura Desch, Daisy Evans, Jessica Gonzalez, Lindsay Hamilton, Kathryn Henzler, Sarah Henzler, Hannah Kent, Kristin Koga, Harmony Leiker, Belinda Mendoza, Jennifer Newman, Emily Ong, Laura Cristina Ortiz, Leetal Platt, Tara Reich, Adria Sanchez-Chaidez, Amy Scott, Kristi Siedow-Thompson, Sam Skyler, Jesse Thaxton, Oseas Villatoro, and Erica Williams. There will be two winners, one that the judges chose and one chosen by the audience!

Sneak Peek at Ashley Eckstein's on-stage geek couture gowns for The Her Universe Fashion Show designed by last year's Audience Winner, Andrew MacLaine.
Sneak Peek at Ashley Eckstein’s on-stage geek couture gowns for The Her Universe Fashion Show designed by last year’s Audience Winner, Andrew MacLaine.

The second annual Her Universe Fashion Show will take place on Thursday, July 9th at 6pm at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego during San Diego Comic-Con. The event is joined this year by actress Ashley Tisdale’s company, Blondie Girl Productions as a production partner. Jennifer Tisdale and Heath Hyche will be providing live commentary on the event along with backstage coverage. Also, make sure to check out the beautiful hair and make-up on the runway by the geeky cosmetics company Espionage Cosmetics as they return for the second year. Ashley Eckstein, Hot Topic and the Her Universe team will also be giving out prizes to attendees wearing the best geek inspired fashions, so come dressed to impress! Geek fashion is definitely the wave of the future and I can’t wait to be inspired by this year’s designs.
Which fandoms would you love to see made into geek couture? Let us know in the comments.

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