6TH ANNUAL THE HER UNIVERSE FASHION SHOW CELEBRATED “THE POWER OF FASHION” IN EPIC STYLE AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON

HOST/HER UNIVERSE FOUNDER ASHLEY ECKSTEIN (STAR WARS’ AHSOKA TANO) OPENED THE SHOW WITH A ONE-OF-A-KIND, TRANSFORMATIVE DRESS INSPIRED BY DREAMWORK ANIMATION’S SHE-RA AND THE PRINCESSES OF POWER

JUNIOR DESIGNERS OWNED THE RUNWAY IN CARTOON NETWORK STEVEN UNIVERSE FASHION

HER UNIVERSE WIZARDING WORLD WEARABLE DRESSES INSPIRED BY ICONIC HARRY POTTER FILM CHARACTERS MADE THEIR CATWALK DEBUT

ECKSTEIN ALSO DEBUTED A STIGMA-BREAKING DESIGN FOR MENTAL HEALTH WITH ON OUR SLEEVES™ THEMED DRESS AS PART OF HER WORK WITH NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

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The Her Universe Fashion Show returned to San Diego Comic-Con International (SDCC) with a standing room only crowd celebrating “The Power of Fashion.” Critically acclaimed as one of the must-see events each year at SDCC, host Ashley Eckstein (founder of Her Universe, Star Wars’ Ahsoka Tano) further demonstrated her commitment to inclusiveness, empowerment and mental health awareness. Powerful designs, powerful moments and powerful statements ruled the night. Actress/host Tiffany Smith (Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal) joined the show as Eckstein’s co-host.

Presented by Her Universe, Hot Topic and DreamWorks Animation’s She-Ra and the Princesses of Power and in partnership with Cartoon Network, BoxLunch and The Pop Insider, The Her Universe Fashion Show opened with Eckstein dazzling the crowd with a transformative She-Ra and the Princesses of Power – inspired gown designed by 2014 Her Universe Fashion Show Winner Andrew MacLaine with custom accessories by designer Harmony Leiker. Eckstein announced that the companies initially came together when she was cast to voice an upcoming character in the critically-acclaimed Netflix original series from DreamWorks Animation.

Her Universe and Hot Topic also surprised the packed audience of over 2,000 fans with the announcement that a Haunted Mansion Fashion Collection by Her Universe is coming to Hot Topic and BoxLunch stores nationwide this fall. In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the iconic Disneyland ride, Eckstein wore a custom couture pantsuit inspired by the famous Haunted Mansion wallpaper, designed by 2015 Her Universe Fashion Show winner Leetal Platt.

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Photo credit: Mark Edwards.

Other highlights from the night included the first-ever Her Universe Wizarding World collection of wearable dresses inspired by Harry Potter film characters Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood and Fleur Delacour.

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Photo credit: Mark Edwards.

Ashley Eckstein also made a powerful statement with her On Our Sleeves™ themed dress for mental health as part of her ongoing work with Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

This year’s winning designers, who will design their work starting tomorrow at Comic-Con, are below:

Judges winner – Adria Renee for her Destination: Isla Nublar look inspired by Jurassic Park

Audience winner – Sarah Hambly for her Bodak Green look inspired by Marvel’s Loki

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Photo credit: Mark Edwards.

As part of the Cartoon Network Junior Designer Showcase, three winners and three honorable mention designers ranging in age from 6-17 also hit the runway in their original Steven Universe themed designs.

Presented by Her Universe, Hot Topic and DreamWorks Animation’s She-Ra and the Princesses of Power in partnership with Cartoon Network, BoxLunch and The Pop Insider, this year’s 6th annual event brought together an all-new group of 24 aspiring designers who presented their original geek couture designs on the runway. The winners were awarded the opportunity to design a fashion collection with Her Universe for leading pop-culture retailer Hot Topic. 

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Cartoon Network returned to The Her Universe Fashion Show this year with its second Junior Designer Showcase – a competition for aspiring designers between ages 6-17. The three winners of the Junior Designer Contest were presented with the opportunity to collaborate with Her Universe on a collection inspired by ­­­­­­Steven Universe for the pop-culture and gifting retailer BoxLunch in 2020. Espionage Cosmetics once again returned as the hair and makeup sponsor for this year’s Her Universe Fashion Show, creating powerful looks for the models. The Her Universe Fashion Show footage will be available online next week thanks to content sponsor The Pop Insider.

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