At the Her Universe Fashion Show at San Diego Comic Con, Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein modeled a custom-made Ahsoka Tano dress made of LEGO bricks.
The Her Universe Fashion Show, which took place last night at the Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel in San Diego, has become a staple of women’s geek fashion at San Diego Comic Con. This year’s runway will be especially memorable, however, because of the incredible dress Her Universe founder, voice actress, and host of the Show, Ashley Eckstein, blew everyone’s mind with.
Eckstein’s Ahsoka Tano dress, designed by Nathan Sawaya and Andrew MacLaine, is made out of LEGO bricks: 10,000 of them. Weighing in at 25 pounds, the dress couldn’t have been too comfortable to wear, but Eckstein looked amazing in it. With her hair done up in a trio of plaits with blue attachments to resemble Ahsoka’s blue striped lekku, she was the picture of Star Wars fashion coolness.
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And Ahsoka is a fitting representative of that coolness. When she first came onto the scene in The Clone Wars movie in 2008, she was met with annoyance and ridicule. But over the years, she became a fan favorite, an inextricable persona within the Star Wars character roster alongside the likes of Anakin Skywalker, her Jedi master, and Obi Wan Kenobi. She made Star Wars more fun for girls, whose only representatives within the Jedi ranks at the time were minor characters like Aayla Secura and Shaak Ti: powerful and amazing females, yes, but completely without speaking roles and only visible on-screen in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith for a handful of seconds. Ahsoka, and the other female Jedi in The Clone Wars, changed that. And with that change came a happier Star Wars fandom for girls in general.
Fandom is what the Her Universe Fashion Show is all about. 27 models walked the runway this year, showing off the designs of amazingly talented “amateur” fashion designers (only amateur because their work isn’t famous yet) inspired by different worlds in the geek-verse. There was a Captain Phasma couture dress, a Labyrinth-inspired gown, a Wonder Woman ball dress, and many other geeky chic offerings.
Two winners were chosen at the Show last night, and they will get the opportunity to design a fashion line with Her Universe and Hot Topic. The winning designs were: a Mad Max: Fury Road-inspired dress called “Oh What A Gown… What A Lovely Gown,” by Hannah Kent, and a Harry Potter Marauder’s Map dress called “I Solemnly Swear I’m Up To Couture,” created by Camille Falciola.
The amount of talent behind every one of the fashions in the show is mindblowing. That’s one of the blessings of fandom: it brings out the best in people.