A couple people have sent me this article today, containing interesting costume redesigns of some of our favorite super-heroines.
Zatanna’s makes a lot of sense, and I like Elektra and Psylocke. Vampirella is interesting, though I’m not sure I’d say that was Vampirella if it wasn’t labeled. I’m not sure I like the jean/khaki-like pants on Black Canary and WW - there is something to be said for the freedom of movement without pants on, and both characters are very active. I don’t know why cleavage is always covered up, though. Granted, PG’s amount of cleavage can be pretty gratuitous, but in everyday life wearing a flattering top, like with a V-neck, can make a woman feel more feminine, and maybe more attractive, which can be a boost in confidence. The same can be said for legs - I like Super Girl’s look, but what’s the harm if she show some leg? It’s all personal preference, of course, and this artist might be pushing for a more conservative look, though I like to see a little skin. Covering up entirely speaks to me as someone who’s closed-off, perhaps a little insecure, or stiff…and I think we can all agree that these ladies are confident in mind and body.
For me, the perfect costume redesigns would have an artist take into account a character’s powers, their typical range of movement, realistic comfort (I like the flat heels in these!), and a ‘best attribute’ - like some cleavage, or bare arms, or bare legs, or tummy - but only chose one and go with it. That would speak ‘real’ to me. What would your ideal costume redesign be like?