In the upcoming “Wonder Woman” movie starring Gal Gadot, the super-heroine travels to London, where, dressed in Victorian garb, she tries to use her sword to get through a door. “Please, put down the sword,” says Chris Pine, who plays her love interest. “It doesn’t go with the outfit at all,” a female bystander adds.
Fans of “Wonder Woman’s” Themysciran costumes — jackets with armor details, tops bearing the “W” metal-toned logo, lasso dresses — will approve of Hot Topic‘s new collection of classic Amazonian fashion. The “Wonder Woman” collection, which will be available in mid-May, in time for the film’s release on June 2, was designed by Hannah Lee Kent, Camille Faciola and Jesse Thaxton, winners of the Her Universe Fashion Show competition at San Diego’s Comic-Con.
Fangirl fashion is a big business for Hot Topic. Last year, the teen retailer acquired geek apparel and accessories company Her Universe, which is being operated as a stand-alone subsidiary.
“Previous collections with Her Universe have sold amazingly well,” a Hot Topic spokeswoman said. “Fans look forward to them each year.”
Past Her Universe capsules for Hot Topic have been inspired by Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
At Hot Topic, fandom-inspired collections are launched throughout the year. “As the leading pop culture retailer, we continuously partner with major studios such as Disney, Warner Bros. and Twentieth Century Fox to bring unique collections to fans,” the spokeswoman said. “Last month, Hot Topic unveiled a collection inspired by Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ We’ll introduce a ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ line this summer to celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary.”
Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Star Wars Rebels,” in 2010 founded Her Universe.
The “Wonder Woman” Hot Topic collection consists of seven pieces, priced $35 to $80. Plus sizes of the designs will be sold at hottopic.com. Aside from fashion, Hot Topic will offer a wide range of official licensed “Wonder Woman” merchandise, including T-shirts, accessories, collectibles and gifts.
Her Universe unveiled its own publishing imprint, Her Universe Press, with books scheduled to be released later this year and sold at Hot Topic, among other retailers.
The fourth annual Her Universe fashion show will be held on July 20 at San Diego Comic-Con.