Graphic and comic print party dresses are retro and fun
For the girl who embraces her Superman and Batman comics along with the rest of the “comic geek” population, graphic and comic print party dresses come as a godsend. A far cry from those staid, classic LBD’s, which are constantly doing the rounds at parties and formal events, nothing says “high fashion” and “avant garde” more than a brightly-colored party dress with well-known faces from comic books and graphic novels plastered on it!
Most people are aware of popular comics and cartoons, from the Archie’s series to Tom and Jerry. In India the trend of graphic and comic style party outfits was first brought to the runway by designer Manish Arora and his label, Fish Fry. Well-known designer Malini Ramani followed suit with her line of eclectic graphic prints and Goa-inspired party dresses. More recently, cosmetic giant, MAC brought the Archie’s charm back in fashion with their line of make up which was inspired by popular characters, Archie, Betty and Veronica. Needless to say this move brought similarly themed dresses into the forefront as fashion followers and comic geeks alike adopted the “wear your favorite comic character on your dress” trend.
It is no longer only men who will proudly flaunt their favorite characters on their t-shirts, women are doing the same as well, albeit with different outfits. The popular t-shirt dress has become a popular canvas on which comic and graphic prints find a home, and a t-shirt party dress with funky prints is “in” in today’s time.
For a more formal look, one has the option of looking at the offerings of well-known designers and celebrities who mix and match the trend in unique ways. From Cheryl Cole to Lady Gaga, celebrities have taken to this trend and are often spotted in interesting, mostly body-hugging party dresses with popular comic strips emblazoned on them. One of the most popular characters to have ever graced a party dress is Batman, followed closely by the cast of the Archie’s comic book series. Also popular are comic bubbles and text, rich with well-known phrases from comics and graphic novels.
Although comic and graphic print party dresses are available in a variety of styles, the most popular dress is sleeveless and short with a scoop neck. This look is suited for those who are comfortable with their bodies; for those interested in a more demure look, longer styles with full sleeves are available.
The marriage between comics and high fashion is a long-awaited one, and is certainly a long lasting one, based on the number of people who have taken to the trend. Long gone are the days of Superman and Batman logos being restricted to men’s t-shirts, and welcome are the new days where women of all shapes, sizes, and comic book preferences can wear their favorite characters faces and quotes on their party dresses with pride. A fun DIY [do-it-yourself] option is to use sequins to add some sparkle to your dress, or better still, to bring out some fabric paint and turn a staid old dress into a kitsch work of art which will surely make you the life of the party!