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Check Out These Everyday Fashion Designs With Fandom Flair

Check Out These Everyday Fashion Designs With Fandom Flair

It’s easier than ever to find entertainment themed clothing these days, with popular retailers carrying merchandise from the more sought-after fandoms like Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy, LEGO, and Harry Potter. That ease does come with a price, though, and that’s the same price that comes with shopping retail in general. Mass production.

For the fan more interested in standing out than blending in, artists have taken to the internet to sell their own items with far more individuality and creativity than what you’d find at the mall. For Catherine Elhoffer of Elhoffer Design, the leap into her online shop stemmed from a simple request from a friend.

“A friend approached me about making a dress that she could wear to the Force Awakens opening night, and I agreed,” Elhoffer told Geek & Sundry. “I posted a picture of her Captain Phasma dress and cape, and it kind of exploded my social. I had fifteen orders by the end of the week for that dress for women across the country.”

Elhoffer Hamilton

These designs concentrate on offering quality, fandom-inspired pieces to geeky ladies of all shapes and sizes. The store features pieces based off of Star Trek, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Hamilton, and more, and not only is there a wide range of items, but every piece is just that much cooler than the next.

Elhoffer is currently planning an upcoming collection that is sure to be out of this world, highlighting the many exquisite looks of Padme Amidala. “It always bothered me that she got so overlooked in merchandise at the time,” she said. “I have always wanted her blue sweater that she wears on Tattoine in Attack of the Clones, the one that she wears with a Fortuny style pleated dress underneath, and I wanted to make an everyday take on that sweater.”

Elhoffer continued, “Seeing art turn into a sample, and turn into reality is a pleasure I really can’t explain. But, I love seeing my work come to life!”

Elhoffer Designs Cover Photo

When asked what her favorite piece in the shop was, the artist shared that it is always difficult it was to choose just one item, but that at the moment she’s enjoying The Duel Sweater, The Galactic Bromance Cardigan, and The Galactic Scavenger Dress. “I still love my Galactic Scavenger Dress, because it flatters so many body types, and I still get messages from customers about how they are so thankful I made it because they get compliments on it every day.”

There’s so much to respect about Catherine Elhoffer and her work, but nothing compares to her dedication to her customers. Not only does she have a ferociously feminist point of view regarding the variety of items she offers, but she truly listens to the requests and responses from those who purchase from her.

“I believe that, as well as having product made locally to help reduce the horrible impact that the fashion world makes on the environment and help grow local economies, I’m responsible for everything that comes out of my company,” Elhoffer stated. “And, I’m working hard to make sure that white is not a default, and that everyone in our favorite fandoms are represented, as they’re all crucial to telling these stories.”

If you’re interested in learning more about Elhoffer Design, you can find their work on the shop’s Instagram, and follow their Twitter page for store updates, as well as fan photos from the many happy customers.

See a gallery of my Elhoffer Design wishlist picks below, and find me on Twitter @bekahbabble to talk about your favorite fandom fashions!

Image Credits: Catherine Elhoffer, Elhoffer Design

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