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Monday, 30 July 2012

Superhero influenced fashion

Back in my college days, I planned a 2nd year project for Textiles A-level based on the outfits of superheroes. When you think about it, they really are the height of fantasy. I guess that's what attracts so many people to them and also why they can actually influence fashion.

No, I'm not about to tell you to wear knickers over your tights.

With film adaptations of comic book favourites and the rise of 'Geek chic', superheros are now in the spot light, but why? Well, why not? Fashion is under-going a revolution. Fashion bloggers and street style have changed the game, and fashion isn't now all about luxe and exclusivity. It's about exploration and experimentation. Wether you're travelling space in galaxy print, going back in time in vintage or becoming your favourite hero in cosplay, when it comes to clothing, anything is possible. Still don't believe me? Check this out.

Diane Von Furstenberg
Back in 08, everyone's favourite feminist Wonder Women became the muse of Frustenberg for her collection inspired by the great superheroin. Needless to say, this was a match made in heaven. The collection even came with a comic book depicting Furstenberg's alter egos Diva, Viva and Fifa.

Jeremy Scott
Jeremy Scott really has become a fashion hero in his own right. The king of kitsch is notorious for his pop culture influenced garments. In his 2011 Ready-to-wear fall collection, you can clearly see the influence of superheros with undertones of the dreaded 90's. Being a '90's child' myself, to think back at what I wore makes me cringe! However, Scott yet again managed to pull off his ideas and stayed true to his "Fashion should be fun." mantra.

Lazy Oaf
More recently, the graphic print based genius' at Lazy Oaf created a capsule collection to fall in line with this summers biggest blockbuster, The Dark Knight Rises. I cannot express how much I loved this collection. From cute Batman logo backpacks, to more subtle sheer bat print crops, it would be hard even for those who aren't interested in the film, not to become smitten with the collection!

Keep your eye out for more of your favourite heros jumping from comic books to the runway, with the ever growing popularity created by the film industry.

What's your favourite hero inspired collection? and have you ever used your favourite heros as inspiration for your daily style?


  1. Love the idea of superheroes as style icons, very on trend :) And that black/white bat shirt is lovely - great find!x


  2. Amazing post! I have noticed the superhero trend making a comeback, especially with all the big-movie remakes happening this year! More batman & spider-man & avengers all around!