Nerding Out with Alston Stephanus
Comic-Con International 2014 in San Diego marked my very first cosplay experience. As an accessories designer and a big nerd, dressing up for Cons came very natural. It was not long until I began Nerding Out as a way of expressing my interests in my everyday style. About seven years ago my fashion choices developed into a flair for the 30s and 40s vintage. When I began cosplaying it felt right to start combining the two together. My eclectic style is quite formal, think dapper suits with accessories like hats, waistcoats, and suspenders inspired by some of my favorite fictional characters. I also really enjoy going all out for a photo shoot.
Favorite Everyday #NerdingOut Looks
I’m a huge Disney fan. I’ve been to every Disney Park there is, and I love to “Disney Bound” when I go. Alice in Wonderland’s White Rabbit is a favorite of mine because the character’s costume coincides with my suits. I also love R2-D2 from Star Wars. On several occasions, I have paired a snappy suit with a casual graphic tee and accessories.
Favorite #NerdingOut Photo Shoots
Playing on the Star Wars theme, I did a photo shoot with friends with items from Her Universe. The dress with the AT-AT walkers and the sweater with X-Wings are both from Her Universe. I dressed up the looks with handmade pieces from my Alston Stephanus Accessories company.
Other #NerdOut photo shoots include Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them, Wall-E, and Beauty and the Beast. They are all vintage inspired looks with a touch of whimsy. I assembled each of them with fashion that is not typically considered “nerdy,” but when all put together, it creates something special.
Star Wars on the Runway
In December of 2014, I was presented with the opportunity to design for The Masterpiece Strikes Back: A Fashion Exploration in Association with Star Wars ©LucasFilm LTD & TM. I designed a high fashion female version of Lord Darth Vader for the event. I thoroughly enjoyed putting together this formal ensemble for the runway, while incorporating Alston Stephanus Accessories pieces as well. Alsi, I stylized formalwear looks for C-3P0 and R2-D2.
Nerding Out for me was an evolution. I love to #NerdOut and dress in ways that are unexpected. When I travel now, I usually end up over packing several large suitcases just to have an assortment of my formal nerdy looks, accessories and all, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.