Comic Book Fashion & Typography Collide

[span]TYPE & COMICS[/span] IN FASHION

[drop_cap style=”color:#ffdd00;”]I[/drop_cap]t shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, that Comic Books and contemporary culture have a connection with each other. More often than not, the comic book world is a reflection of our real life world.

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[drop_cap style=”color:#c4de31;”]H[/drop_cap]owever, this article goes the other way and back. Here, real life fashion ends up finding inspiration in the conceptual ideas of the comic book superheroes to produce couture. The term “graphic” in the fine art sense means iconic and is primarily based around signs and language.

 

[blockquote cite=””]What the fashion world ended up taking away from these two was rather interesting. You know those kids that you see every day with Abercrombie screen-printed across their shirts or even those preppy yuppies with the little embroidered polo player on their collar shirts?
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[drop_cap style=”color:#ffdd00;”]B[/drop_cap]elieve it or not what they are wearing is quite literally the same kind of iconography these superheroes use. You don’t have to be blatant in how you appropriate their iconography. If you design an evening dress with a spider motif and use a pallet of white and black, the comic nerds are going to associate that with Venom and Spider-Man quicker than will with anything else. That’s the power of what is called “a branded body”. You wear a logo and then, BOOM! You have some kind of immediate association to everything that surrounds that logo, both good and bad.

 
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COMIC BOOK[span]FASHIONWEAR[/span]
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[drop_cap style=”color:#fff200;”]T[/drop_cap]he couture produced with this concept is rather simple in this understanding. Slap the Superman S on just about anything and people know who you are talking about and what you are trying to say about the person wearing the logo. You can even parody it by replacing the letter, and people will still know who you are referencing even if they never read a comic book in their life!
 
 
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[span]BRAND LOGOS ARE MORE POWERFUL[/span] THAN SUPERMAN
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[drop_cap style=”color:#18dbd1;”]I[/drop_cap]t shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, that comic books and contemporary culture have a connection with each other. More often than not, the comic book world is a reflection of our real life world.
 

 

BLACK MILK[span]COMIC BOOK COUTURE[/span]

 
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Three years ago Black Milk Clothing didn’t exist.Then one day in 2009, James Lillis sold a pair of leggings for $10 that he’d stitched together around his kitchen table. The dream became a multi-million Dollar enterprise.
 
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After two and half years of struggling and overcoming financial obstacles, BlackMilk Clothing became a multi-million dollar, 100% Australian-owned business, employing 130+ people and selling out every item of clothing they stitch together, which is driven by an unbelievably loyal following of raving fans – 160,000+ of them on Facebook, alone and growing every day!
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[drop_cap style=”color:#a2e051;”]N[/drop_cap]ot to mention the tens of meet-up groups that connect globally, all manned by volunteers who live for BlackMilk’s next product. Oh, and did we mention they’ve done this on a modest marketing budget of ZERO DOLLARS! Yep, nudda. Zip!

 
 

BLACK MILK [span]WHEN TOO MUCH SPANDEX IS NOT ENOUGH![/span]

 

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BLACK MILK ROX !
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[drop_cap style=”color:#c5e02d;”]B[/drop_cap]lack Milk, is a line of trendy fashions launched by James Lillis and has been receiving a lot of attention lately thanks to a post on Boing Boing which featured the fabulous Star Wars characters Artoo/R2 and C-Threepio/C3P0 swimsuit prints for their swimsuit line.
 
 

BLACK MILK[span]DOES A BODY GOOD[/span]

 
 

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BLACK MILK & SHOES!
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[drop_cap style=”color:#ff6a28;”]T[/drop_cap]he Black Milk Clothing line is dominated by prints, which is cool because peeps love prints and its infused with some wicked rock n’ roll, skulls, abstract patterns, union jacks, dollar bills, bones and other hip iconography printed on LYCRA in the form of swimsuits, leggings, shorts, catsuits, jackets and Oh! so much more – even ….SHOES!
Keep in mind that Black Milk Clothing is not restricted to just 17 year olds 😉
 
 

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FASHION[span]ROCK[/span]WEAR
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In James Ellis'[span] own words:[/span]

 

[blockquote cite=”–James Ellis”]

At the beginning of 2009 I walked into a little sewing shop and bought two shiny new sewing machines. It was a slightly unusual sight – a shop full of older women making patchwork quilts for their grandkids… and me.

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My idea was fairly simple – I would teach myself to sew, buy some beautiful stretch fabrics, and make insane leggings. Then I would find girls who would get into them. Girls who wanted leggings that could pack a little more punch than the ones on offer at your average department store.

I made the leggings, found the girls, and so was born [span]Black Milk[[/span].

Things were slow initially, but the girls who bought the leggings were always really positive, which was super-encouraging for me in the early days. The turning point came when I decided that I was going to figure out a way to wrap chains around a pair of leggings. It took me a week of drawing, sketching, scheming and failing before I finally figured out how to do it. I called them Cages, and they were a minor cult hit. From that time on, so many girls were ordering Black Milk gear that it became a full time job.

We’ve come a long way since those early days sewing leggings at midnight on the kitchen table. We’ve sold thousands of pairs of leggings all over the world. We’ve been featured in numerous magazines, newspapers and blogs from the local paper to Vogue. Best of all, Black Milk has now got score a reputation as one of the most exciting designer leggings labels in the world.

But a lot is still the same. I still stay up to midnight sewing. I still personally design each piece. I still get a buzz every time a girl emails me a picture and tells me how many people commented when she wore out her Black Milk leggings.

Yeah, it’s still fun.

xx

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BLACK MILK+[span]WEARING YOUR FAV COMIC[/span]

 

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WEAR [span]YOUR FAV SUPERHERO /[/span]BLACK MILK
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[drop_cap style=”color:#1be0d6;”]B[/drop_cap]lack Milk Fashion Wear is definitely not for the timid at heart- its intended for the BOLD & WILD at HEART who harbor a passion to be radically outspoken and in YOUR FACE! Its for the type of girl & woman who wants to WEAR her originality for the world to see and take notice of. Our spin on Black Milk Fashion Wear places them in the [span]ROCK N ROLL[/span] category, and it looks as though theyre here to STAY !
 
 

[span]MILK DOES A BODY GOOD even if its..[/span]BLACK MILK

 

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BLACK MILK[span]WOMAN IN RED COMICS/[/span]DRESS
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[span]ROCK OUT LEGGINGS IN[/span] /+ BLACK MILK

 

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BLACK MILK[span]WOMAN IN RED LEGGINGS[/span]
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[span]ROCK OUT THIS SEASON IN[/span]BLACK MILK

 

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[span]SUPERHERO[/span]LEG WEAR

 

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BLACK MILK[span]SUPER TIGHTS[/span]
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[span]ROCK OUT IN[/span] BLACK MILK

 

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BLACK MILK[span]SUPER TIGHTS[/span]
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BLACK MILK +[span]JEFFREY CAMPBELL FOOTWEAR[/span]

 

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BLACK MILK[span]ROCKIN PUMPS[/span]
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[span]PUT YOUR FEET IN[/span]BLACK MILK

 

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BLACK MILK[span]STEPPING IN COMIC STYLE[/span]
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BLACK MILKS/+[span]NIGHT LITA[/span]
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BLACK MILK[span]DAMSEL SHOES[/span]
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[span]CANT GET ENOUGH OF[/span] COMICS AND TYPOGRAPHY ?

 

[drop_cap style=”color:#ff8636;”]I[/drop_cap]f you cant get enough of Comics & Typography and dont want to stop at just wearing it – but furthermore want to display your love of Comics and Type then these two little online companies may be your light at the end of the Typographic tunnel.
 

[drop_cap style=”color:#4cf3ff;”]T[/drop_cap]hey create some uber-kewl Typographic Sculptures using Comic Book illustrations, various graphics and create them out of bio-degradable products such as paper into 3D Paper Sculpters. Check out some of their original Typographic 3 D Sculptures by which to add that special signature to your home decor and display your love of Typography & Comic Books anywhere it strikes your fancy.
 
 
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Handcrafted, three dimensional paper letters made from vintage paper, book pages and recycled card. All the letters are made from original vintage comic pages, magazines, music, book pages etc.

If you have a special comic ,book or magazine request you can select the bespoke option and then add your request to your order.

Each letter is either a limited edition or one-of-a-kind and each paper sculpture letter is a three dimensional piece of art.

The letters are hollow, very light and uppercase ,please note that your letter will be similar to the ones pictured but since each one is made from a different page the pattern will have slight variations.
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COMIC BOOK STYLE[span]K SCULPTURE[/span]
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[span]COMIC BOOK STYLE[/span] SUPERMAN

 

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TYPOGRAPHIC 3D[span]SUPERMAN[/span]
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[span]COMBINE YOUR FAVORITE[/span] MONOGRAMS

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TYPOGRAPHIC 3D[span]SUPERMAN[/span]
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Comic Book [span]3D Freestanding Letters[/span]

 

[span]Handmade Custom Personalized[/span] Comic Fan Letters

 

This wonderful DOH lettering is a great item for any Simpsons fan! With supportive styrofoam insides these sturdy yet light letters are covered with sheets of genuine Simpsons Annuals.

 
 
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TYPOGRAPHIC 3D[span]DOH[/span]
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Comic book POW lettering is a great item for any fan of superhero comic book art.The letters are covered with sheets of genuine comics. Each letter is individually drawn, cut and covered by hand, and all letters will be unique.

 

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TYPOGRAPHIC 3D[span]POW[/span]
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