The Femme Wonder is a CBU column by Sammie Wetherell, in which she shines a loving light upon the more fairer side of geek culture.
I’ve never been into women’s high fashion. I tried, but with different designers’ collections it got way too complicated and, quite frankly, boring. Even though I’ve never followed high fashion, I have had my own style of fashion. I was very heavily into music growing up, and liked to wear my favorite bands t-shirt with pride, and follow their style of fashion. I’ve gone through many phases in my time, but the style I’ve always kept too, is dressing very masculine.
I’ve kinda had no choice, the type of things I have been interested in are always aimed at men. I accepted for many years that this is normal, to wear my pride would mean to wear jeans and a t-shirt, I would do this. It wasn’t until my following of different women in nerd culture, I would see that there is women’s fashion out there, that would cater to my nerd and woman needs.
I can’t quite say when I discovered Ashley Eckstein, but I’m so glad that I did. She is a actress that will be largely recognized as the voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. In 2010 Ashley took her love for Star Wars, and the lack of fangirl fashion, and launched Her Universe. Ashley saw what I’ve seen for years, that there is no real fashion for women to show their fandom pride. Her Universe brought clothes to girls and women that not only showcased their different fandom, but were also feminine.
Seeing my favorite fandom on a dress was an incredible feeling. It felt like a huge step forward for women getting involved in nerd culture. From what I’ve understood after reading about Ashley, she wants Her Universe to be a community for women to celebrate their fandom. This is how I feel when I read articles, watch her fashion show at comic con, how she showcases other designers everyday on twitter. I feel a part of this community thanks to how Ashley has managed her business and how she presents herself. You can not only buy the clothing on her website, but there are community pages that get you involved in this community that she has created. You can see her at conventions, getting out among the fans and really making everyone feel a part of her vision. Her fashion shows at Comic Cons are not just about her new line, but also features other designers, and recognizes their vision of fandgirl fashion. If you follow Ashley on social media you will see her working out with kids, showing them that anywhere can be your gym. She also tackles issues that are close to her, but she makes them fun for everyone involved.
I wanted my second issue of this column to recognize what Ashley Eckstein has done for females in nerd culture. To finally have clothes that not only represent who I am, but also make me feel feminine, well, it’s something I’ve been waiting for, for a long time. To have a community that feels and likes the same as you, its a great thing to be apart of. To follow her journey is inspiring and has empowered me on a daily basis. I can only end this with Ashley’s own word . . .
Dream your world. Be your world. Flaunt your world.
Until next time . . .
Peace, love & Peanut Butter.