SUPERHEROES : Fashion & Fantasy

Hello readers, when I look at this book for the very first time, it seems to be completely out of the ordinary. Fyi, the story of a real superhero’s must be kept secret like when I was a little boy, I've always had this dream of becoming one of the great superheroes with amazing powers that will save the world from evil spirit and stuff. Well, at first it sounds a bit crazy and corny, but who cares! In this incredibly amazing book-SUPERHEROES: Fashion & Fantasy, it examines the influence on fashion of the costumes of great superheroes such as the one and only -Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Captain America, Spiderman and so on as represented in comic books, film and television. As a designer, I have always been fascinated by the idea of how clothing can transform the body, and even the perceive character, of the wearer. In this book, Giorgio Armani stated that fashion, like the superhero, allows you to dream and escape into a world of unfettered imagination.

On the other hand, we are all special with different habits, qualities, traits, strengths and weakness, in fact, each one of us is totally unique. We have to embrace our personality to the highest level. When we embrace our uniqueness, our gifts and talents come to life. Our soul has permission to shine through. When we conform in order to fit in, be accepted and avoid rejection, we shut down, numb out and give our ‘superpower’ away. For me and many people I know, it’s much easier to love and embrace the good - the best parts of us - our talents, positive personality traits, and the most attractive parts of our body. The bad parts are a little more difficult to love. Our ugly parts, the ones we often want to ignore or forget, are much more challenging to accept and appreciate. However, it’s these ugly parts that are the most crucial for us to love in order to be authentic and at peace in our life.

Superman, the creation of writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, was the first character to embody the definition of the superhero. Superman's costume, made from the blankets in which he was swaddled on his journey from krypton to earth, became the standard upon which successive superheroes were styled. (Clockwise from top left) Kirk Alyn in Superman (serial)-1948, Action Comics No.63-August 1943,George Reeves in Adventures of Superman-1952-58, Action Comics No.63-August 1943, Action Comics No.426-August 1973, Brandon Routh in Superman Returns 2006-Costumes by Louise Mingenbech, Actions Comics No.426-August 1973, Christopher Reeve in Superman 1978-Costumes by Yvonne Blake, Action Comics No. 222-November 1956

Bernhard Willhelm, in collaboration with the artist Carsten Fock, produced interpretations of the insignia that suggested the hurried handiwork of a graffitist. The iconic Superman looks from Bernhard Willhelm Spring/Summer 2006.

When Selina Kyle ( her real name) first appeared in Batman No.1- spring 1940, she was known simply as The Cat, a female burglar ( and an obvious reference to the recently coined term "cat burglar").
(clock wise from top left) Batman No.84-June 1954, Catwoman No. 1-August 1993, Julie Newmar in Batman (television series) 1966-67-costumes by Andrew Pallack and Jan Kemp, Superman's Girls friend Lois Lane No.70-November 1966, Eartha Kitt in Batman (television series) 1966-67-costumes by Andrew Pallack and Jan Kemp, Michelle Pfeifer in Batman Returns 1992-Costumes by Marry Vogt and Bob Ringwood, Batman No.355-January 1983.

From left: Julien McDonald Autumn/Winter 2003-2004, Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/summer 1989.

Undercover by Jun Takahashi Spring/summer 2008.

Created by Writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, the X-Men first appeared in The X-Men No.1, September 1963. Their code name is a reference not only to the X gene or "X factor "that causes mutant evolution, but also to professor Charles Xavier (a.k.a Professer X,) who founded the X-Men team. (clock wise from top left) The X-Men No.1-September 1963, Rebecca Romijin in X-Men: The last Stand 2006-Costumes by Judianna Makovsky and Lisa Tomczeszyn. Mystique appliances created by Spectral Motion, Mystique No.1-June 2003, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, Halle Barry, Daniel Cudmore, Hugh Jackman, Kelsey Grammar, James Marsden, Anna Paquin, Patrick Stewart, Ben Foster in X-Men: The Last Stand-2006, Giant size X-Men No.1-May 1975, Kelsey Grammer in X-Men : The Last Stand 2006, Jessica Stam in Dolce and Gabbana Spring/summer 2007.

Bernhard Willhelm, Autum/winter 2004-2005.

From left: John Galliano, Autumn/winter 2007-2008, John Galliano, Spring/summer 2007-2008

As created by writers Roy Thomas and Gary Friedrich and artist Mike Ploog, Ghost Rider was a supernatural antihero who first appeared in Marvel Spotlight No.5, August 1972. Blaze's soul was bound to the demon Zarathos, and when using his powers Blaze is transformed into a leather-clad skeleton with a flaming skull. Both Ghost Rider and The Punisher embodied the Iron Age's focus on death, a focus that finds resonance in the costumes of John Galliano, Thierry Mugler, Alexander McQueen, and Walter Van Beirendonck. (clock wise from top left) Thomas Jane in The Punisher 2004-Costumes by Lisa Tomczeszyn, The Punisher No.1-July 18987, Nicholas Cage in Ghost Rider 2007-Costumes by Lizzy Gardiner. Ghost Rider created by Sony Pictures Imagework (SPI), Ghost Rider No.1-September 1973, Thierry Mugler Spring/summer 1992.


Chloë said...

awesome pics

melmonica said...

great info!

Shahrysham Kamran said...

the 2nd paragraph was very well said :)

Erika Toh said...

Wow...I love all of them!^^ Wished to have super powers like them too~ They say with great power comes great responsibility~ ;D

Hope to see some unique pieces inspired by super heroes or even super villains from you, Sandra Azwan~ Gambateh! ^^


Chloe: Thanks babe!;-)

Melmonica: Totally!! Thanks

Shahrysham: Thanks dude!

Erika: ;-)

Solihin Zubir said...

wow! damn cool!

JohanPrinze said...

gorgeous book! where do you buy it?
the ghost rider pic reminds me of George Michael's Too Funky music video!