If there’s anything that I’ve learned from years of soaking in comic art, it’s that fashion has no boundaries within the realm of panels and halftone. From cat-eyed masks to bullet-proof bracelets to hip-slinging utility belts, heroines and villains manage to maintain an impeccable sense of combat chic. Honestly, who wouldn’t want to have an artillery of fashionable weapons and gadgets?
Capes and spandex aside, even the most seemingly average characters are extraordinarily styled, particularly when it comes down to their fashion staples. Betty and Veronica showcase the complementary aspects of both the girl-next-door and the glamorous fashionista, while Lois Lane still rocks the business casual like no other. Likewise, newer characters, such as Bleu and Clover (from Chynna Clugston’s Blue Monday) or the ladies of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim, each have their established stylish trademarks, from neo-mod elements (scooter dresses and blazers) to sporty chic details (track jackets and goggles).
The evolution many of these key female characters over the decades, in terms of both character development and costume design, has almost always correlate with the current fashion trends. Meanwhile, the world of fashion and pop culture has revisited the world of speech bubbles and thought balloons a multitude of times for inspiration. Adversely, the frequent critiques and debates of what comic ladies are (and aren’t) wearing are further proof that these wardrobe changes definitely don’t go unnoticed by the average reader.
Fashion Tips From Comic Strips will capture the points of convergence between the comic and fashion worlds. When designers suspend their disbelief during Fashion Week, and when comic artists channel fashion icons to embody heroic strength and sass. Where spinning transformations and model turns are interchangeable, the do’s and don’ts of combat wear, choosing the right mask for your face shape, and style guides for civilian disguises…
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