San Diego Comic-Con 2023: Her Universe fashion show celebrates young artists’ cosplay-inspired designs
A Minnie Mouse-inspired, red-and-white polka dot dress and a flowing, black, pearl-studded ankle-length gown inspired by the X-Men character Storm were the winners of the 2023 Her Universe Fashion Show at Comic-Con International on Thursday, July 20.
Founder Ashley Eckstein and Broadway actor Michael James Scott hosted the show at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, an “outside-the-con” event. More than two dozen designers showed pop culture and fandom-inspired looks for the opportunity to professionally design for the Her Universe brand for Hot Topic.
During the show, Eckstein became emotional and admitted to the audience that the show had been in danger of not going forward at all, due in large part to the historic Hollywood actors’ and writers’ strike, which has stopped work from production to promotion, including at Comic-Con.
Eckstein and her team worked with representatives from SAG-AFTRA to make sure that the fashion show was in