Superhero fashion is mainly made by the Superheroes themselves; we can see them sewing their suits. This activity connects them with cosplayers, but, do we see Superheroes in the same light when they sew or construct their suits? For many years, sewing has been an activity attached to feminine roles. Thus, women have been seen as more suited to sewing than men have. That’s why we might see Spider-Man complaining about having to sew his own suit again and again in the comics. But, do we see all Superheroes under the same light? Has Cosplay changed our views on what gender roles are attached to sewing? Think about Spider-Man trying to make his suit, and then think about Ironman. What are the images that pop into your head? Who is cool? Who is having trouble and no choice but doing the sewing because no one must know who he is?
What is acceptable or unacceptable for male audiences has changed through time. Even if the number of male cosplayers has grown, we still have the act of sewing attached to a particular gender role. A needle and some cloth seem to dictate that a woman is involved in the activity while steel and computers seem to dictate that a man is to participate in that activity.
Superhero fashion can have more meaning when we take a look to its striptease. When Superheroes put off their civilian clothes and put on their spandex, they’re doing more than just changing their clothing. Even if it seems odd, Superman and Anthropologists share the same ideas when choosing their clothes. But how so? Superman, like many other Superheroes, lives in a fight negotiating the relationship between two different identities: Clark Kent and Superman. This struggle defines the Superhero as much as his costume. In fact, his civilian clothes and his civilian identity define him just as much. Having a dual identity asks from the Superhero to have two different closets: civilian and super, ordinary and extraordinary.
When Superman dresses up in his civilian clothes, what he is doing is doing a role, much like an actor. In his civilian clothes he is also doing another super important thing: putting himself apart from his super self, the Superhero. When Superman dresses in any of his suits, civilian or super, he is performing for an audience. In one, he has the role of what he thinks humans are: sloppy and clumsy. Because let’s face it, Clark is quite silly. But when he is Superman, he acts for the people in a selfless way. In both roles, he has an audience.
Sometimes, Superhero fashion hides behind a mask that makes the hero. Today we’re going to explore the extraordinary power of the Superhero mask through the Amazing Spider-Man. Spidey is one of the most famous masked Superheroes. As a teen, his need to hide his real identity comes as a must. However, what type of powers does the mask give to its wearer? Superheroes create their identities through their fashions, very much like we do on a daily basis. We use to add some extras to our fashion with makeup as to appear more appealing or trying to fulfill a certain role. Costumes and the makeup that might accompany them are associated with certain roles, and as such, they are accompanied by a set of rules that we all know but that aren’t written anywhere. People expect from us a certain behavior depending on the dress that we wear. Thus, there is a direct relationship between the dress and behavior. If so, can someone modify their behavior by adding a certain item to their closet? Let’s take a look at the Amazing Spider-Man when he tries to save a child from dying burned in a car.
Superhero fashion can let you inspire fear through anthrozoomorphism, that’s becoming a beast. Some Superheroes, like Batman, base their wardrobes on animals that inspire fear. Granted that a bat might not seem really strong, but it does inspire fear, especially if it appears in the night and surrounded by shadows. Hybrid animal-human figures have been around us throughout our history. Just think about the ancient Egyptian Gods and you’ll find a great pool of therianthropes and half human half beast creatures. This cocktail of human and beast can be terrifying for us as humans, especially if we think of ourselves as the top of the pyramid on earth. On one hand we think of human-beast being as Gods, but on the other we see them as a curse and terrifying. So, why would anyone like to be a beast? Someone who wants to inspire respect and fear. Establishing associations between the features of animals and how humans perceive their personalities, some Superheroes have nailed it when designing their wardrobe. Though predators might be the most logical choice when thinking about what animal to become, some Superheroes have chosen psychological fear and thus, lesser animals to make their enemies scared to death. [Think about bats and spiders here.]
Let’s take Batman as an example of Superhero that chooses a particular animal and bases his super fashion on it.
Superhero fashion is one of a kind, especially because of its tights and masculinity. Or at least, that was at the very beginning. Superhero wardrobes explain volumes about them and their authors. However, there’s a stereotype on Superhero fashion that has tainted all Superheroes since he first appeared: a cape, tights, and funky colors. Yes, the first of the modern Superheroes, Supes, is the one to blame for all that later spandex. Well, not him directly, but his creators. Why did they dressed him in such fashion? Where did the inspiration come from? What were they trying to tell us with all those tights?
Superman is the one who dictated how Superhero Fashion would be on several levels: visually, practically and as a brand. Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1 showing off his physical strength and his fashion choices for the first time. As you already know, Superman was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster when they were still in high school, back in 1933. They sold Superman to DC for scraps, and then Supes became the most famous Superhero ever, selling millions of copies of his comics.
In this cover, Superman is engaged in an incredible feat of strength, dress in flashy colors, tights, a cape and his undies on the tights. And it seems he has boots. He’s chosen quite a particular “suit for work,” hasn’t he?
Today our lessons on Geek Anthropology topic is all about what happens when Superhero fashion makes you feel super. It’s not the same walking around with a plain tee than rocking around a Spider-Gwen one. So, what happens when a fan cosplays or wears an outfit that resembles that of their loved Superhero? As you know, I’ve recently had a nervous breakdown. To have more energy and feel better, I’ve been rocking around everyday cosplay fashion items that are into my wardrobe: Captain Marvel’s sweater, Captain America Sweater, Spider-Gwen cardigan and tee, and tons of cool tees. Every time I feel down I tend to dress up into the items that resemble the most the uniforms that my favorite Superheroes wear. But why? What does the Superhero costume have that makes me feel stronger than I am? What does the Superhero costume give me that makes me keep on going despite the doctor assuring me that I should be hibernating? Does Superhero fashion give us Superpowers?
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Geek fashion rocks with Catherine Elhoffer! Let’s enter the world of Elhofferdesign and discover all that this great designer can offer to us! But, before we start with the interview, I’d like to explain a little bit how I discovered her. Some time ago, surfing the web, I discovered the brand We Love Fine. And I was hooked on their geek fashion! Spider-Gwen opened my personal geek fashion Pandora’s box. I needed to walk around with the Spider-Gwen tank hoodie and cardigan. But I didn’t stop there! I got other super cool items little by little. And then, I noticed something: I had been buying the designs of Elhofferdesigns (Marvel and Star Wars). Then, I looked for her online, and I discovered her work! And it was love at first sight! This is the first time I am in deep love with the work of a single designer. Not only she creates great fashion, I feel that she is creating the wardrobe of Yours Truly. Her designs are fresh, badass, sexy and examples of what geek fashion should be! Not just tees, but a great variety of possibilities: from the elegant and sexy to the badass and provocative, to the ret-à-porter. You find everything! And that’s why I am so excited to have been able to do this interview with this great designer! Remember her: Elhofferdesign! She rocks!
Sometimes we need some geek fashion in our lives to feel marvellous. We Love Fine Marvel Superheroes geek fashion merch is an egoboo for the soul. It might sound silly, but every single time I put Captain Marvel’s knit sweater on I feel like a Superhero. If I’m having a bad day, just the fact of having some geek fashion on that remembers me of Carol Danvers, makes me feel stronger. I know, it’s purely psychological, but it works magic on me! So, what’s up with Superhero geek fashion that makes me feel more powerful, secure and better suited for Mondays? (Yes, I said the word! Mondays. Everybody knows Mondays tend to be gloomy!)
When geek girls talk about geek fashion stereotypes happen. When fangirls engage in fashion talking, some people just nod their heads as if this only happens among the members of the feminine gender. And all those gorgeous tees you have into your closet, what are they? Fanboys have as much geek fashion in their closets as fangirls do. However, because of stereotypes it seems that the realm of geek fashion has to bee only tees for men. In recent years, more and more geek merch has appeared for female delight, including high-end fashion. Not only cosplays are hot, but your everyday closet is as well. And you know what’s the fun part? Inspiration!
One of my favorite movies is “the Nightmare before Christmas.” The first time I saw Tim Burton’s masterpiece I was hooked. Despite not liking monochrome themed clothing, I loved the ideas that came from Jack. Before going further, let’s remember the trailer, shall we?
Jack is the Pumpkin King, who lives in eternal Halloween but who discovers Xmas. And things happen. It’s fun, lovely and it makes you laugh a lot. This is the spirit you have to think of when inspiring yourself in Jack. Even if your life is all black and white, you can put some red and green into it as well. But, since we’re in Halloween time, we can get some ideas in what to wear to honor this wonderful character.