NOTE: beginning today, we’re featuring the 25 amazing and talented designers that participated in the 2017 Her Universe Fashion Show at San Diego Comic-Con July 20th. Each day, we’ll introduce you to one of the designers that made this year’s show truly memorable with their stunning fashions that walked the runway. Our Fangirl of the Day feature will resume immediately after we’ve highlighted the last fashion show designer.
Designer: Adria Renee
Title: the Haute of Te Fiti – Moana
Adria Renee is a student, geek, and self-taught designer and artist from San Diego, California. Although she has had no professional experience in fashion design she has been a finalist in the past two years Her Universe Fashion Show. She says, “I have been sewing just over two years and in that time I’ve had great opportunities to learn and grow as a designer and seamstress in amateur capacities.” Her past work has been largely costume and cosplay based–working to create replicas of costumes from some of her favorite movies, shows, and comics, and building historical ensembles. She has recently begun working on bringing some of her various vintage-inspired geek designs to life and branched into making regular fashion items for herself and others.
Adria relates that she has always been into fashion and costuming but that Her Universe gave her the first challenge to try her hand at designing and executing an original piece. “I grew up in a very artsy household surrounded by creative women who always found ways to make the best of what they had to work with–so that’s what I have always done as well,” she says. Prior to her first show, she had only put together humble costumes for her high school drama class, tore up and modified thrift store finds to update her wardrobe, and worked on a few Halloween costumes and cosplay for herself. “Since challenging myself to design for the show, however, I’ve continually pushed myself to keep up with more fashion (even if more geek inspired) designing and have started making everyday vintage-inspired fashion items for myself. Whether your clothing is your armor or your ice breaker, there is no better way to share who you are and what you love than with geek couture!”