Ashley Eckstein's Her Universe fashion show has become a staple of San Diego Comic-Con. The geek couture show changes the life of three designers selected to have their fashions made into a ready-to-buy collection for Hot Topic.
To celebrate the fifth year of the show, Hot Topic, Her Universe and Loungefly joined forces to put together a night packed with surprises and milestones.
Every year, Her Universe founder and Star Wars voice actor Ashley Eckstein pushes the envelope to create a one-of-a-kind gown.
Last year we saw a Cinderella-inspired dress (check it out in our 2017 gallery of the show). This year's signature dress is made with 500 Funko Pop Jack Skellington heads and weighs 400 pounds.
A close-up of the bow detail and Funko Jack Skellington heads. Andrew MacLain, winner of the 2013 Her Universe fashion show, designed the gown.
One of the milestones celebrated at the show was the 25th anniversary of the release of Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas.
Designer Andrew MacLain wore a suit inspired by Oogie Boogie from Nightmare Before Christmas. It was quite itchy, he confessed, but sometimes you have to suffer for fashion.
After the announcement of the return of the Clone Wars show to Disney's streaming service, Ashley surprised the crowd by welcoming Matt Lanter (Anakin Skywalker) and Dee Bradley Baker (Clone Trooper) to the runway and yes, they did work that runway.
The fashion show is a competition for 24 designers who create a gown inspired by their fandom.
This dress was created by designer Kelsey Michele, who has a background in illustration and likes to tell a story with her designs. The name of her design is Style on Space Mountain, and it was inspired by the Disney park.
Candice is a fiber artist from Virginia who loves making unexpected things like lightsabers and headpieces with yarn.
This Harry Potter-inspired gown is a creation of Lynne Martens, who wanted to surprise the judges with an unexpected twist. The gown transformed just as a Fawkes rises from the ashes in Chamber of Secrets.
Lynne Martens is a costume maker with an expertise in garment construction. She's also a fashion history vault.
Fashion takes flight.
The classic film Beetlejuice inspired this designer, who made the outfit if Lydia was Beetlejuice and this was her suit.
Her pants transform to reveal a skirt in a look inspired by Overwatch.
Edward Scissorhands inspired designer Lynleigh Sato.
She is from Redondo Beach, California.
Carina is a costume technician from Palm Springs, California.
Harmony also loves painting and sculpting.
Stephanie started drawing traditional fashion and also superheroes.
Aaliyah Frye got her inspiration from the movie Coco. She played with black light added LED lights to her design.
The Coco-inspired outfit is full of movement and vibrant colors.
Tanya is from San Pedro, California.
Sally was her inspiration because she put herself together figuratively and also literally.
It the middle of the show, Ashley Eckstein asked for a break to let a model walk the runway in Doctor Who-inspired designs.
The audience exploded when the model removed the hood to reveal herself to be Jodie Whittaker, the first female actress to be cast as The Doctor in the BBC show Doctor Who.
Melissa is a self proclaimed "giant nerd" and seamstress.
Christopher aspires to be a costume designer for film and entertainment.
Chatam Gray looked to Pocahontas for inspiration.
The gown is fierce and flowing.
Her design is inspired in by the Studio Ghibli film Howl's Moving Castle.
A gown inspired by Guillermo del Toro's Shape of Water, designed by Cynthia Kirkland, who won the judges' vote.
Cynthia Kirkland started as an art student but opted to move to Orlando, Florida, to pursue a career as a garment cutter and seamstress for Walt Disney World. She was a participant in the 2016 Her Universe Fashion Show.
Kristi is a fashion designer from New York.
I voted for this outfit because it looked chic and I need that coat in my life.
An emotional celebration after the winners were announced. They'll start working right away designing a Marvel's Avengers 4 collection for Hot Topic.