Geek Couture – Superhero Fashion

There are times where it seems the worlds of fashion and geekdom couldn’t be farther apart – one bedecked in expensive fantasies of chiffon, leather, and Swarovski crystals while the other  revels in fabric superhero prints, graphic tees, and leggings galore. But the two are not so far off each other as one might suppose. While the two have skated around each other, seeming like polar opposites, their orbits are coming ever closer (and, in fact, have crossed paths before). From Rodarte’s Star Wars runway line last year to the growth of formal-themed cosplays at conventions worldwide, the blend of geek couture is on the rise.

In this category, Geek Couture, every week I will feature one of these so-called blends, whether it be from the fashion side or the geek side of things. Today’s feature comes from the 2008 issue of Vogue where (my personal favourite model) Coco Rocha and photographer, Craig McDean, did a superhero-inspired editorial (inspired by the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and their big spring exhibition, “Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy” that same year. A quote from the Costume Institute’s website, “… to reveal how the superhero serves as the ultimate metaphor for fashion and its ability to empower and transform the human body.“)

Poison Ivy with a Nina Ricci Swarovski custom-made embellished dress
Catwoman by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana with Christian Louboutin for Rodarte shoes

vogue-us_2008_05_craig-mcdean_daring-do-5Dawnstar in custom sequined Dior haute couture dress

coco-beautyThe Little Mermaid with Gaultier rubber bodysuit with shell detail and sequined detail
coco-beauty5Another Batman-inspired Armani Prive silk dress

1082042379A Batman inspired custom made Rick Owens zippered leather-and-cashmere suit
coco-beauty6Aurora with Martin Margiela custom made bodysuit

(Photos via


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *