Comic-Con crowds gathered Thursday night at the Manchester Grand Hyatt to see the fashion contest organized by Her Universe and Hot Topic.
Ashley Eckstein, founder of Her Universe, had a dream that started six years ago and today it's one of the most anticipated events at Comic-Con International. She kickstarted the fashion contest with a very special opening...
Just like you would expect in a fairy tale, her dress transformed into this beautiful gown inspired by Cinderella and created by Andrew MacLaine.
The dress was made with 50 yards of fabric and around 55,000 hand-sewn beads, and it took him only three days. Fairy godmother, anyone?
The artist to start the fashion show was Adria Renee with her "Moana"-inspired dress.
Caroline Liu sought inspiration in the story of Cinderella for her gown.
Lynne Marie Martens created this beautiful gown inspired by "Beauty and the Beast."
Sam Skyler created this gown inspired by "Moana."
A closer look to the top of the dress.
The Disney classic "Lilo & Stitch" was the inspiration for costume designer Tanya Apuya here, and I loved the camera purse touch.
"Star Wars: Clone Wars" was the franchise behind this beautiful dress created by Rachel Roth.
Rachel is also a cosplayer.
"Rogue One" inspired designer/cosplayer Britley Morgan Smith.
This Doctor Strange-inspired creation is by Rose Ivy.
You gotta love those bracelets.
Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy is what fueled Judy Ann Grivich.
This gown had LED lights but the effect was hard to capture with the camera.
Lauren Andrews used ice to dye the fabric in the inner part of the gown.
The classic film "The Princess Bride" is what Harmony Star Leiker drew on to create this two-piece outfit.
The dress without the jacket.
Love the detail in the back.
This three-piece outfit was created by Lindsay Meesak Orndoff.
Her muse was "Princess Mononoke."
And we got another clever purse.
Chatam Smith created this two-piece set inspired by the game Overwatch.
Portal was what fueled the imagination of Kelsey Michelle to create this gown.
A closer look to the details of the top. The headpiece had LED lights.
Candice Stephenson's gown was also inspired by Overwatch.
Willy Wonka was behind this dress from Ericka Angiuli.
Elissa Alcala created this two-piece outfit inspired by Vampire Hunter D.
That cape is very impressive.
This was a very runway moment. Kristi Siedow-Thompson looked to "Stranger Things" to create this striking look.
A closer look at the model, whose makeup reminds us of Eleven.
This gown was created by Hailey Jensen, inspired by the film "Spirited Away."
Shadowhunters fuled the creativity of Judith Armas.
I was able to capture a moment of the great twirl.
Sarah Hambly loves geek couture and she created this angular gown inspired by the comic and TV show "Preacher."
"Princess Mononoke" was also the inspiration for Lydia Tachkov.
This "The Matrix"-inspired outfit had fiber-optic lighting in the liner. It's the creation of Athena Eagar.
This transforming gown, inspired by "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," is made with towels! See the next photos for the full transformation.
An adorable BB-8 was in charge of delivering the envelope with the winners.
The winners will be in charge of designing a 2018 Disney Princess fashion collection for Her Universe.
For the first time, the judges struggled to pick a winner, so there was a tie between Rose Ivy and Lindsay Meesak. The audience winner was Grace Johnston.
I definitely enjoyed the show more than I expected. I was impressed with the level of high fashion and also the emotional element of the whole experience. It was beautiful celebration of passion and creativity that inspired the audience to dream big while flaunting your fandom.