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11 Great Geek Wedding Dresses

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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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11 Classic Facts About Converse Chucks
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Converse’s Chuck Taylor sneakers have been around since the early 20th century, but they haven’t changed much—until recently. In 2015, The Chuck II—a new line of Converse that looks much the same as the original shoe but with a little more padding and arch support—hit stores. In honor of the kicks' staying power, here are 11 facts about Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars.  

1. They were originally athletic shoes. 

The Converse All-Star debuted in 1917 as an athletic sneaker. It quickly became the number one shoe for basketball, then a relatively new sport (basketball was invented by James Naismith in 1891, but the NBA wasn't founded until 1946). By the late 1940s, most of the NBA sported Chucks. They remain the best-selling basketball shoes of all time, even though very few people wear them for basketball anymore. (Many teams switched to leather Adidas in the late ‘60s.)

2. Converse previously made rain boots.

The company started in 1908 as a rubber shoe company that produced galoshes.  

3. The All-Star design hasn’t really changed since 1917.

The updated Chuck II is Converse’s first real attempt to update its flagship product since the early 20th century. The company is understandably reticent to shake things up: All-Stars make up the majority of the company’s revenue, and like any classic design, its fans can be die-hards. In the 1990s, when the company tried to introduce All-Stars that were more comfortable and had slightly fewer design inconsistencies, hardcore aficionados rebelled. “They missed the imperfections in the rubber tape that lines the base of the shoe,” according to the Washington Post. The company went back to making a slightly imperfect shoe.

4. Chuck Taylor was a basketball player and trainer ...

Chuck Taylor in 1921. Image Credit: North Carolina State University via Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

Taylor was a Converse salesman and former professional basketball player who traveled around the country teaching basketball clinics (and selling shoes) starting in the 1920s. His name was added onto an ankle patch on the sneaker in 1932

5. ... And though he sold a lot of Chucks, he wasn't always a great coach.

Taylor is in large part responsible for the shoe’s popularity with athletes (the company rewarded him with an unlimited expense account), but his training advice wasn’t always the best. As former University of North Carolina player Larry Brown told Spin in an oral history of the shoe:

My greatest memory of Chuck Taylor—probably ’61 or ’62—is that he told Coach [Dean] Smith that he’d make us special weighted shoes in Carolina blue. The idea was that we’d wear the weighted shoes in practice, and then during the games, we’d run faster and jump higher. Well, we tried them for one practice and everyone pulled a hamstring.

6. Converse didn’t intend for their shoes to be punk.

“We always thought of ourselves as an athletic shoe company,” John O’Neil, who oversaw Converse’s marketing from 1983 to 1997, told Spin. “We wanted to sell a wholesome shoe.” The company was still touting its shoes as basketball sneakers as late as 2012, and some of its non-Chucks sneakers still have pro endorsers.

7. The company owns a recording studio.

Finally embracing its role in the music scene, the company launched Rubber Tracks, a Brooklyn-based recording studio where bands can record for free, in 2011.

8. Not all the Ramones were fans. 

Chuck Taylors are associated with punk rockers, especially the Ramones, but not everyone in the band wore them. “Dee Dee and I switched over to the Chuck Taylors because they stopped making [the style of] U.S. Keds and Pro-Keds [that we liked],” Marky Ramone told Spin. “Joey never wore them. He needed a lot of arch support and Chuck Taylors are bad for that.”

9. Chucks were initially only high tops. 

In 1962, Converse rolled out its first oxford Chuck Taylor All-Stars. Previously, it had just been a high-top shoe. Four years later, the company would introduce the first colors other than black and white.

10. Rocky ran in them.

In 1976, All-Stars were still considered a viable athletic shoe. If you look closely at the training montage from Rocky, you’ll see the boxer is wearing Chucks. 

11. Wiz Khalifa loves them. 

The rapper named his record label Taylor Ganag Records, in part due to his appreciation for Chuck Taylors. In 2013, he launched a shoe collection with Converse featuring 12 styles. 

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Adidas Collaborates With Artists to Create Sneakers for All 50 States
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For a recent project from Adidas and Refinery29, artists were given a women’s running shoe to use as their blank canvas. Their only prompt: Design the sneaker to represent one of the American states. The results are as varied and colorful as the nation itself.

As Adweek reports, the initiative, dubbed BOOST the Nation, takes an all-American look at Adidas’s UltraBOOST X footwear line. Refinery29 selected several artists—all women—to put their regional stamp on the plain white shoe. Some have been decorated with state flora. For instance, the Florida sneaker sports a tropical frond and the shoe for North Carolina is embellished with Venus flytraps. Food is also a popular theme: Wisconsin cheese, Maine lobster, and Tennessee barbecue have all been incorporated into sneaker designs.

Each sneaker is one-of-a kind and only available through auction. All proceeds raised will go directly to Women Win, an organization dedicated to bringing sports to adolescent girls around the world. The auction runs through Tuesday, July 11, with current bids ranging from $110 to $2000. Check out the artists’ handiwork that's for sale below.

Sneaker designed to look like a peach.
Georgia

Checkered running shoe.
Indiana

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Yellow running shoe with cracker tag.
Wisconsin

Sneaker designed to look like a mountain.
South Dakota
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Sneaker decorated with wheat.
Oklahoma

Adidas, Jen Mussari

Sneaker embellished with fake roses and leaves.
Kentucky

Pink running shoe with lobster claw.
Maine

[h/t Adweek]

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