Marvel Fashionista
April 24, 2012 10:52 AM   Subscribe

Looking MARVELous is a tumblr that provides comic book-inspired fashion based on Marvel comic book characters. You'll find not only popular characters, like Spider-man or Iron Man. Some of the inspired outfits come from lesser-known characters such as Squirrel Girl (who?) and Molly Hayes (umm?). Here is the full page version.
posted by jabberjaw (25 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
I have to say that considering the depths they are plumbing with character choices -- Anti-Venom? Really? I mean, that's a pretty swell outfit but, Anti-Venom? Really? -- I am wondering if the target audience for this actually exists.

Also, regarding the Ant-Man outfit: didn't Hank Pym have that whole domestic abuse subplot?
posted by griphus at 11:00 AM on April 24, 2012


Considering there are near 200 posts, in order to minimize doubles, I think they have to dig pretty deep. Of course, I consider this a feature, not a bug.
posted by jabberjaw at 11:13 AM on April 24, 2012


I am wondering if the target audience for this actually exists.

Yes, and it is ME. Anyway, I'm pretty sure that Ant-Man outfit is based on the current one, not Pym--there have been three, you know.
posted by leesh at 11:13 AM on April 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


I kind of like imagining the one opportunity I will likely have to say "that outfit is an Abomination" and not cause hurt feelings.
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:16 AM on April 24, 2012 [2 favorites]


Yeah, wow, I totally missed the preceding nineteen pages and thought they were doing a thing.
posted by griphus at 11:21 AM on April 24, 2012


I'm going to put forward the perhaps-controversial opinion that if you don't know that there's a Squirrel Girl, you probably don't spend a lot of time reading about comics on the Internet.
posted by Sing Or Swim at 11:25 AM on April 24, 2012 [3 favorites]


I didn't go to Burger King.
posted by Chuffy at 11:31 AM on April 24, 2012


The tiny green shorts for the Sub-Mariner made my smile.

Still waiting for Suicide Squid, though.
posted by Jon_Evil at 11:39 AM on April 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


jabberjaw: " Squirrel Girl (who?)"

You mean the most dangerous superhero in the Marvel universe? Defeated Doctor Doom, Deadpool, MODOK, Terrax and Thanos.
posted by Bonzai at 11:55 AM on April 24, 2012 [6 favorites]


Squirrel Girl is Marvel’s equivalent of Batman—Squirrel Girl always wins.
posted by 1970s Antihero at 12:28 PM on April 24, 2012 [2 favorites]


you look....
MAHVELOUS
posted by The Ted at 12:46 PM on April 24, 2012


This is the second time I have clicked that link and come back wondering why I am looking at a bunch of normal woman's clothing.

I didn't know super heros were shopping at Hot topic and the Gap.
posted by psycho-alchemy at 1:01 PM on April 24, 2012


Somebody does not know squirrel girl? That makes me sad. And then it makes me happy, knowing that you are about to discover something wonderful.

Squirrel Girl Appreciation thread. Seven hundred posts and counting.
posted by EnterTheStory at 1:20 PM on April 24, 2012 [2 favorites]


...it's a website that has outfits that resemble the color schemes and general ideas of what superheroes wear, not a cosplay manual.

Plus, there's a surprising variety of sources; every outfit seems to be a combination of fast fashion stuff like the Gap, quality-made stuff, and then hilariously (over)priced Important Name stuff.

That Anti-Venom outfit, for instance, has a pair of Christian Louboutin price-upon-request (probably) shoes and a $4900 necklace paired with $48 jeans. The Klara Prast one has $390 True Religion jeans with a pair of $35 Vans.
posted by griphus at 1:24 PM on April 24, 2012


(er, that was in reply to psycho-alchemy.)
posted by griphus at 1:24 PM on April 24, 2012


Plus, there's a surprising variety of sources; every outfit seems to be a combination of fast fashion stuff like the Gap, quality-made stuff, and then hilariously (over)priced Important Name stuff.

The collages appear to be assembled with Polyvore, a pinteresty site for making fashion collages. Cursory inspection suggests you're restricted to working with items Polyvore has uploaded.
posted by zamboni at 1:55 PM on April 24, 2012


re: Doreen Green ( A.K.A. Squirrel Girl ) You mean the most dangerous superhero in the Marvel universe? Defeated Doctor Doom, Deadpool, MODOK, Terrax and Thanos.

Molly Hayes would mop the floor with her.
posted by mikelieman at 2:44 PM on April 24, 2012


Now we're getting somewhere. Molly Hayes defeated both Punisher and Wolverine, and she pulled off Cloak's cloak. I'd pay good money to watch her fight with Squirrel Girl.
posted by jabberjaw at 3:39 PM on April 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


No, you'd pay good money to see a description of Molly Hayes talking about how badly she got beat by Squirrel Girl off-panel. The fact that you (almost) never see the fights is the point of the character.
posted by JHarris at 4:07 PM on April 24, 2012 [2 favorites]


Bruiser's page on Marvel's website. Notice, in the "Powergrid," her stats are in the range of 1 to 4.

Squirrel Girl's page on Marvel's website. All 7s.
posted by JHarris at 4:21 PM on April 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


Eh, I get what psycho-alchemy's getting at. Many of these outfits are on the bland side, all more or less the same style, and don't really evoke the characters in question other than a color scheme and token accessory. To my mind a really good "stealth cosplay" outfit should make you think, "Yes, [Character] would absolutely wear that if they were a trendy, slender young woman!" (Optional aside: "...Okay, that's weird to think about.") I do like the afore-mentioned Namor one and Hercules, though! And props for the obscurity quotient -- forget cult favorites like Squirrel Girl and the Runaways, they did Zzzax?!

On a similar note, CollegeFashion has a running Geek Chic series in which one of their bloggers puts together outfits based on various SFF fandoms. Some are definitely better than others, but I particularly liked her Hunger Games and Doctor Who sets. There's also Disneybound, which doesn't always hit it out of the park (er, no pun intended) but definitely has some fun outfits like Tiana and the Incredibles (holiday party version).

For ground-up superhero inspired original designs my favorites are megarinri (possibly nsfw, as there are some lingerie designs) and Hanie Mohd, though. Hanie's superheroes in sweaters series has made the rounds of a number of geek websites already. Kat/Megarinri's work hasn't spread so far, but she's done some fantastic costume --> civvies translations, like Wonder Woman, Impulse and Wiccan.

The best blog for following the comics + fashion intersection is definitely Betty Felon's Fashion Tips from Comic Strips.

I'm kind of terrified I was able to generate three-and-a-bit paragraphs on this topic. But hey! I love comics and fashion and wish the two would intersect more often, so this post is right up my alley.
posted by bettafish at 5:15 PM on April 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


I feel like I'm misunderstanding how this works, but why is noone wearing the clothes? Why isn't their a link to an image of the source character?
posted by garlic at 5:37 PM on April 24, 2012


I feel like I'm misunderstanding how this works, but why is noone wearing the clothes? Why isn't their a link to an image of the source character?

The outfits are created using polyvore, which is an outfit creation/inspiration site where you can "clip" clothing items from other websites and collage them together. So there are no models unless you clip a photo of a model wearing the clothing item you want. However, for what I'm assuming are rights issues, polyvore blocks clipping on a lot of non-shopping websites (google, blogspot, etc) which can make adding images of the characters themselves a little difficult.
posted by bettafish at 5:42 AM on April 25, 2012


Related, here is the tumblr an actual designer that makes actual clothes based on comic book characters, as well as video game and manga characters. The stuff is actually pretty cool. Here is his Wolverine hoodie. A lot of it is racer-chic hoodie and jacket designs, but definitely no garish character prints. I like this Assassins Creed hoodie.
posted by jabberjaw at 10:13 AM on April 26, 2012


I appreciate that there are Molly Hayes fans out there, but do you know how awesome Squirrel Girl is? Do you? Well, let me tell you: no matter what the circumstances, Doreen would find a way for her and Molly not to fight, and they'd become best friends forever and utterly defeat whatever forces tried to set them against each other. That's how awesome.

let me just warn you right now, in case you hadn't guessed, I'm not entirely rational on this subject.

seriously.

posted by Halloween Jack at 11:56 AM on May 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


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