Critically acclaimed as one of the must-see events at SDCC, the 8th annual Her Universe Fashion Show returns to in-person programming during San Diego Comic-Con International (SDCC). Fans will watch as 26 designers compete with their original geek couture designs to win the ultimate prize – the opportunity to design a collection with Her Universe for Hot Topic. Presented by Her Universe and Hot Topic, the event will be held on Thursday, July 21 at 6 p.m. PT in the Harbor Ballroom of the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel.
Hosted by actress, entrepreneur, and best-selling author Ashley Eckstein (voice of Star Wars’ Ahsoka Tano), the theme for this year’s show is “Coming Home,” a celebration of the return to an in-person San Diego Comic-Con event. Drag icon Nina West joins Eckstein as a special co-host for the evening.
“After three years away, I am overjoyed for our event to return in person,” said Eckstein. “We chose this year’s theme because San Diego Comic Con is not only the home of our fashion show, it is truly a home for me and the fans. We have an amazing group of designers this year and I can’t wait to share the stage with my dear friend Nina West. This will be a celebration you won’t want to miss.”
“I am beyond thrilled to join my friend Ashley on stage for the Her Universe Fashion Show. Celebrating inclusivity with amazing fashion looks everyone will love will make for an incredible evening,” added West.
As fans have come to expect, the Her Universe team has many surprises in store in addition to the stunning couture looks inspired by beloved characters, stories, and themes from all across the genre. By the end of the night, two winners will be chosen: one by the audience and one by an expert panel of judges. This year’s judging panel includes the 2021 winning designers Teighlor Johnson, Skyler Barrett, and Vivien Lee as well as industry experts Elena Vrska and Mallory Leveille. Special gifting for the evening provided by Lug, the popular lifestyle brand of travel bags and accessories.
Check-in begins at 1PM on Thursday, July 21, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel Harbor Ballroom, and doors open at 5:15 p.m., with the show beginning at 6 p.m. The Her Universe Fashion Show is free for San Diego Comic-Con attendees and all ages are welcome.