Note: T-shirts and other clothing inspired by superheroes has become a staple of culture these days, so why shouldn’t it extend to high fashion? Artist Kelsey Michele Soderstrom has taken the heroes of the Avengers movie and adapted their style into slinky evening wear dresses. In terms of fashion design and fandom this is gets an “A” in our book. Look below each image for Soderstrom’s stance on the designs. – Chris A.
On the Iron Man dress:
I mainly wanted him to stand in contrast to the more demure dress of Captain America, something that would translate both his suit and his flashy personality. i will admit to putting a lot more gold in it than his actual suit has, but i reeeeaaallly like the red and gold together!
On the Hulk dress:
Hulk went through SO MANY revisions. I decided on this dress for a few reasons. I liked the fluffy boa as a representation of his broad, hulky shoulders, and the asymmetry is supposed to reflect not only imbalance but the fact that his clothes basically get ripped to shreds every time Hulk joins the party. I also wanted it to represent in a way how banner relates to the Hulk; how Bruce Banner is such a reserved guy while this Hulk is just this darkness inside him.
On the Captain America dress:
Cap’s outfit was really fun, as I am absolutely in love with styles from the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. (of course, 40’s is his era, but 50’s is my favorite, thus the more classic 50’s look). I maaay have overdone it on the stars, but whocaresilovestars. His mask was translated into the fascinator on her head, and his shield of course into her clutch.
On the Thor dress:
Of all my designs, Thor’s is maybe one of the furthest from his actual costume, but it’s one of my favorite. the cape is a supposed to be a sheer material. I really wanted a better way to incorporate the hammer, but the clutch is as close as I’m getting this time round.
On the Agent Coulson dress:
Coulson was really tricky, and I’m not sure if I’m absolutely happy with him, but oh well. Ii wanted to keep his dress as suity as i could without making it too businessy while still matching his personality and demeanor. His tie morphed into a tied necklace, and his love of Cap into the star in his hair. as an added bonus (my boyfriend’s idea), I gave him a Captain America comic to hold. silly, i know.
On the Nick Fury dress:
I loved the idea of putting him in a big poofy princess dress for some reason. it is partially inspired after My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic’s gala dress for Twilight Sparkle, though more so in the original designs for it.
On the Black Widow & Hawkeye dresses:
Both very much inspired by vintage looks, Hawkeye more from the sixties, while i was going with a more classic Hollywood with Black Widow (diamonds are a girls best friend, anyone?). For some reason, I see her being a really sharp-dresser, despite her wearing a dress I just haaaated in Iron Man 2. i really feel like her characterization in the Avengers is completely different than that original appearance, though.