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Amanda Weaver
Okay, I'm still having all these fangirl-y thoughts about the Wonder Woman costumes, and I don't have a blog, so I'm gonna spew here.
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Amanda Weaver 25 Jun 17
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As some of you know, I'm a costume designer in my day job. The side-effect is that I tend to "reverse engineer" costumes.
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Amanda Weaver 25 Jun 17
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When I watch something period or fantasy, I find myself breaking down the clothes, looking for the designer's inspiration and research.
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Lucy 25 Jun 17
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Do I feel a Halloween costume coming on?
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Amanda Weaver 25 Jun 17
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Sometimes I can tell exactly what painting, what historical artifact, the designer was looking at when they designed a costume.
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Amanda Weaver 25 Jun 17
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Now, I can't speak to the history of Wonder Woman. I watched Linda Carter as a kid, and now the Gal Gadot movie.
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Amanda Weaver 25 Jun 17
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But there's one thing that immediately jumped out, comparing the two (and other incarnations of WW). Intent.
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Amanda Weaver 25 Jun 17
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When you're doing fantasy, a good designer uses something real as a starting point. In the case of WW, that starting point is EVERYTHING.
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Amanda Weaver 25 Jun 17
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Take a look at Linda Carter's WW:
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Amanda Weaver 25 Jun 17
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Wonder Woman, and all the Amazons, were warriors. This is not what a warrior wears into battle.
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Amanda Weaver 25 Jun 17
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You know what it is? What it's "source" is? Sexy underwear. Sigh.
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Amanda Weaver 25 Jun 17
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And then there was the even more egregious Adrienne Palecki failed WW pilot a few years back.
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Amanda Weaver 25 Jun 17
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My god. I mean, not only is it the shoddiest, cheapest looking thing I've ever seen a Hollywood costumer produce, it's basically fetish wear
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Amanda Weaver 25 Jun 17
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The only thing holding those girls inside is a carton of toupee tape and luck. And she's supposed to be a WARRIOR.
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Amanda Weaver 25 Jun 17
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The sad thing is, when I saw that pic leak a few years ago, as much as the overflowing boobs pained me, I let it go.
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Amanda Weaver 25 Jun 17
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I accepted it as inevitable that any depiction of Wonder Woman would be over-sexualized to an extreme degree. That's all we'd ever get.
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Amanda Weaver 25 Jun 17
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Then I saw Lindy Hemming's work yesterday and I almost cried. Scratch that. I did cry.
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Amanda Weaver 25 Jun 17
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Lindy Hemming didn't use fetish lingerie as her starting point. She started with armor. Actual armor.
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Amanda Weaver 25 Jun 17
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Roman armor, to be exact. Romans made armor out of overlapping bands of heavy leather.
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Amanda Weaver 25 Jun 17
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Because it was organic material, very little survived, but here's a fragment.
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