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11 Great Geek Wedding Dresses

More and more couples are opting for fun-themed weddings to express their common interests. Here are a few great geek dresses that are way more memorable than another white gown.

Rivendell Bridal is a company that bases many of their lovely dress designs on famous female characters from classic stories, such as Titania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Guinevere (the King Arthur myths). They used to theme all the dresses and their names after the Lord of the Rings series, but have since stopped this practice (possibly over copyright issues). The dresses can all be customized and many come in a variety of colors. Here is one of their creations, worn by Norwegian bride Elizabeth.

Hello Kitty has actually designed its own line of wedding dresses, but even more impressive is this adorable gown worn by the curator of the Hello Kitty Museum in Germany, complete with a kitty bodice and a skirt adorned with 3D kitties and strawberries. Of course, having Hello Kitty herself at the wedding only makes it that much more geektastic.

Brenda and Rob love sci-fi, which is why they chose to incorporate Firefly, Star Wars and Doctor Who into their wedding. The couple even managed to get one of their invitations signed by the creator of Firefly, Mr. Joss Whedon. While all of that is pretty cool, it’s Brenda’s beautiful dress inspired by Firefly’s Inara that qualifies the couple for this list.

If this dress looks familiar to any of you gamers out there, that’s probably because it’s closely based on the clothing of Rydia from Final Fantasy IV. Bride Kouhotaru got together with cosplay designer Catherine of God Save the Queen Fashions to create this beautiful dress based on Rydia’s distinctive style. The result was a beautiful and fitting tribute that could actually be used as a wedding dress (unlike anything the character herself ever wore).

While plenty of people have Star Wars weddings, Nada’s dress here is unique in that it perfectly captures the fashion style of the movies without actually directly copying any outfits seen in the films. Of course, it was good to have some clothing pulled from the series, including the groom’s Jedi robes and the adorable flower girl’s Princess Leia outfits.

The bride at this Star Wars wedding, photographed by Justin Winokur, made a similar choice, opting to wear a white sci-fi inspired gown while her Mon Calamari groom and Princess Leia priestess helped make sure the theme was totally clear.

No one has actually gotten married in this particular gown, but with over 24,000 colored LED lights embroidered across its silk surface it’s certainly geeky and gorgeous enough to earn its place on this list. The design by futuristic textile company Cute Circuit is on display at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. If any of you brides-to-be have enough money, you could probably convince Cute Circuit to create an LED dress just for you, like they did for Livia and Magnus.

Whatever your feelings about steampunk, there’s no denying that the Jules Verne-inspired, retro-futuristic fashion is definitely geeky. While there are plenty of steampunk wedding photos out there, Adrianna’s is special in that it is far more than just a corset with a nice skirt underneath. The lovely gown and all of her jewelry were created by Nancy Wong of Aerisk Fashion.

Anja and Lutz are both into live action role playing (LARPing) and they wanted their wedding to reflect their interest in history. The couple created every piece of their Tudor-inspired outfits themselves, with the exception of their shoes. As an extra bonus, the couple and all of their friends were able to reuse their outfits in future LARP events.

Speaking of historical gowns, Flickr user MrsCherry and her husband were actually married at a Renaissance Fair, so it was only fitting that the wedding party dressed appropriately. Here is the beautiful bride with her maid of honor, both in perfect period attire.

Floridian couple Scott and Molly had a pirate-themed wedding that was quite elegant. The wedding and reception were held on a pirate ship that sailed through the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and guests could not attend unless they were in costume. As for the bride’s stunning wench dress, it was custom made by her friend Luis Ortiz.

Who's been to a wedding where the bride (or groom!) wore something unexpected? Would any of you wear one of these gowns at your own wedding? Personally, I’ve always wanted a red wedding dress since I saw Beetlejuice when I was six.

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Royal Shakespeare Company Auctions Off Costumes Worn By Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, Patrick Stewart, and More
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Helen Maybanks, (c) RSC

The stages of the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, England have been graced by some of the most celebrated performers of our day. Now, the legendary theater company is giving fans a chance to own the original costumes that helped bring their characters to life. On April 17, more than 50 costumes worn in RSC productions will hit eBay to raise money for the group's Stitch in Time campaign.

With this new campaign, the RSC aims to raise enough money to renovate the aging workshop where costume designers create all the handmade garments used in their shows. Following a play's run, the costumes are either rented out to other theaters or kept safe in the company's museum collections. Designers often make duplicates of the items, which means that the RSC is able to auction off some of their most valuable pieces to the public.

The eBay costume auction includes clothing worn by some of the most prolific actors to work with the company. Bidders will find Patrick Stewart's beige shorts from the 2006 production of Antony and Cleopatra, David Tennant's white tunic from 2013's Richard II, Ian McKellen's red, floor-length coat from 2007's King Lear, and Judi Dench's black doublet from 2016's Shakespeare Live! Costumes worn by Anita Dobson, Susannah York, and Simon Russell Beale will also be featured.

All proceeds from the auction go to restoring the RSC's costume workshop. Shakespeare fans have until April 27 to place their bids.

Patrick Stewart in Antony and Cleopatra.
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This 3D Human Modeling App Could Revolutionize Online Clothes Shopping
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A team of academics in Hong Kong have developed a 3D human modeling app that could drastically change the way we shop online. Dubbed 1Measure, this “one-click measure” tool allows users to record their body measurements in a matter of seconds by uploading two full-body photos.

After snapping images with both a front view and side view, the app uses artificial intelligence to create a 3D digital model of the user's body in under 10 seconds. Next to this image, over 50 size measurements are displayed, including everything from knee girth to shoulder slope. This information can be saved and accessed at a later date, and the app also lists your size in other countries, allowing you to shop for clothes around the world with ease.

This revolutionary technology was developed by associate professor Tracy P.Y. Mok and PhD graduate Dr. Zhu Shuaiyin of the Institute of Textiles and Clothing at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU).

Other current technologies are capable of carrying out similar modeling functions, but the PolyU team says these methods involve costly, bulky scanners, and their results are only approximate. The 1Measure app’s margin of error is 1 centimeter for users photographed in tight-fitting clothes, and 2 centimeters for those in loose-fitting clothes, according to its developers.

The app is particularly useful when it comes to online shopping. Dr. Zhu says the technology “frees us from the limitations imposed by taking body measurements physically, helping customers to select the right size in online clothing purchases.”

The app can also store multiple measurements at once and track any changes that the body undergoes, making it suitable for those with fitness goals.

1Measure is free to download and is currently available on the App Store in both English and Chinese.

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