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A Ranking of Comic-Con's Best Geek Couture

Jul 27 2014 - 7:07am

Here in San Diego, the devil wears Divergent. We attended the first ever Comic-Con geek couture fashion show on July 24 — and we were absolutely blown away. Fandom fashion retailer Her Universe [1] called upon the galaxy's most stylish designers, both professional and amateur, to present their original, handmade creations on the runway.

What we saw was not cosplay. Oh no, these gowns could have belonged on the pages of Vogue or at New York Fashion Week. As one of the designers put it: for those who aren't geeks, the clothing would just seem cute and unique, but for those who are geeks and can recognize the reference, the garment has a special twist.

Ultimately, the event was a competition, in which the winner will codesign a fashion collection exclusively for Hot Topic. But in all honesty, the winner was all fangirls, everywhere, who now live in a time where wearing a t-shirt to express fandom isn't the only option. Continue on for a ranking of our favorite geeky gowns from the Her Universe show!

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1. It's Loki!

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The feather detail for Loki's horns was just too good.

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2. Ashley Eckstein's Totoro Dress

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The Her Universe founder looked so adorable in this gown. The company is actually partnering with Studio Ghibli and will sell that collection exclusively through Hot Topic soon.

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3. Effie From The Hunger Games

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The butterfly handiwork was UNREAL. Also, this model is totally Adrianne Curry from America's Next Top Model.

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4. Dalek Wedding Dress

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I DIE. So subtle, so chic.
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5. Mystique From X-Men

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The sleek, red ponytail made this gown.

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6. The Iron Throne From Game of Thrones

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7. Wolverine From X-Men

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The back of this dress was so sexy and rad. Those fingerless glove/claws were awesome, too.

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8. Doctor Doom From Fantastic Four

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She started with this superpractical hood on.

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9. Weeping Angels From Doctor Who

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We'd risk looking at a Weeping Angel just to take in the beautiful flowing strands of fabric feathers on the back of this dress.

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10. Death From The Sandman

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Love the high-low look of this dress's skirt and its overall goth chic vibe. Vampy makeup is a must.

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11. Dauntless Faction From Divergent

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As much detail as the tattoos on Four's back.

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12. ASTER (Aperture Science Transforming Elemental Regalia) From Portal

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Then the hood flipped down into a dress!

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13. Luna Lovegood From Harry Potter

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The skirt detail was so perfectly wacky and Luna. I loved that this outfit had a hippie '70s vibe.

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14. Regina From Once Upon a Time

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Kid you not: that crazy shimmery dress emerged from underneath this cozy Winter coat — like MAGIC. It was (not surprisingly) the audience favorite.

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15. Iron Man From The Avengers

16. The Hobbit Wedding Dress

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It had a little pull to reveal the Hobbit-esque trouser underneath.

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17. Gloria From Devil May Cry

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Feather shoulders auto-win.

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18. Thrace From Battlestar Galactica

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This outfit required major attitude.

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19. The Fourth Doctor From Doctor Who

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With the hat and everything, this number was so ready for Fall.

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20. D.C.'s Batman

FIERCE.

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21. The Architects of Time From Doctor Who

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This metal piece was incredibly badass.

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22. Queen Amidala From Star Wars

From, you know, that scene where she and Anakin suck face for the first time.

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23. Marty McFly From Back to the Future

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This outfit won the competition!

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24. Samus From Metroid

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The open back was so pretty.

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25. Arcee From Transformers

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It actually transformed!

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26. The Little Mermaid

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27. Queen Amidala From Star Wars

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28. Pikachu From Pokémon

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She also pulled two Poké balls out of her pockets!

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29. Cylon From Battlestar Galactica

That little marquee over the chest flashed back and forth.

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30. The Hunger Games Catching Fire

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31. Dixon From The Walking Dead

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32. Ventress From Star Wars

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33. SpongeBob

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34. The Euhedral Crystal

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The lights changed colors!

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