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10 TARDIS Dresses for Fancy Occasions

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Prom season is here, and wedding season is coming soon. You can put some spice into the occasion and still look drop-dead gorgeous by dressing as a TARDIS. Sure, the Time And Relative Dimension In Space vehicle is boxy, and is often mistaken for a British police call box. But that doesn't stop creative Doctor Who fans from making it into something beautiful and alluring.

1. A Peek Inside

Sasha Trabane, Jax Adele, and Andy Coyle converted Sasha's plain blue prom gown from a few years back into something special by making it a TARDIS. The flap in the front became a door to the TARDIS, which you know is bigger on the inside. Coyle painted the sci-fi interior on canvas, which is revealed when you open the door. The dress is nice without the interior, but with it, it was a sensation at the Arisia convention in Boston. Sasha's dress has its own Facebook page.

2. Marie Antoinette TARDIS

Master cosplayer Kelldar constructed a Marie Antoinette-style TARDIS dress for Dragon*con 2011. She told Geeks of Doom that it was inspired by the color of the fabric, which arrived somewhat wrong for the Marie Antionette costume she had in mind, but just perfect for a TARDIS. So she combined the ideas!

3. Pinafore

Priscilla Dawn makes a lacy pinafore-style TARDIS dress. The poufy skirt gives it an innocent yet fancy look. Another TARDIS dress is available without the lace. Each is custom-made to fit the customer.

4. Minidress

This shorter TARDIS design would fit in seamlessly with other modern prom dresses. Redditor Abcent187 posted it from a friend's Facebook page, but neglected to identify the creator.

Update: The dress was made from upcycled materials by Battlestar Jillactica, who is modeling the dress. Photograph by Rigel Bowen.

5. Gown with Rhinestones

Crystal M made this beautiful TARDIS ball gown out of 10 meters of satin, plus crinoline, netting, and 1500 rhinestones. And then there's the cute little TARDIS hat! She will wear the dress tomorrow to the Vancouver Fan Expo, then she may sell it to another Doctor Who fan. See more pictures here.

6. Hooded Gown

From LoriAnn Costume Designs, this old-fashioned TARDIS costume comes in six pieces, and includes a hood, bustle, lace-up corset, and more, so you can mix and match the components to fit the occasion. It's available at LoriAnn's Etsy shop

7. Velvet

Russian cosplayer and DeviantART member Rimudo-Blanche unveiled this luscious velvet TARDIS gown last month. It is completely handmade with many details, such as a line of TARDIS shapes around the hem, a train made of TARDIS print, and sumptuous lace and beadwork. The matching hat has both feathers and a veil. Rimudo-Blanche models it holding a sonic screwdriver and has a tiny dalek attached to her waist. See more pictures of the dress in her gallery.

8. Cincher

Let's say you've already got a nice dress, but you need to make it special for a sci-fi or costume event -or you just want to dress it up in your favorite TV show theme. Show your loyalty to Doctor Who by adding a made-to-order TARDIS cincher with skirt over your dress, complete with the proper windows and signs. It's at Corsair's Boutique at Etsy.

9. Corset

Nikki Cohen of Mayfaire Moon Costumes & Corsets designed and built the TARDIS Corset that not only puts a little kink in your Doctor Who cosplay, but also lights up! Bonus: the "windows" open up to give you a peek at the inside. Relax, that peek is a painted picture of the TARDIS interior. Pair it with a fancy skirt for a fancy dress occasion. Get a closer look with more pictures. Photograph by Hugh Casey.

10. Edwardian Steampunk

Author JM Frey designed this old-fashioned TARDIS gown and commissioned Kenneth Shelley of Strange Days Costuming to make it. The dress is full of details.

The throat-broach has a standard yale key, like the one that the Doctor gave Martha and Jack Harkness, and the belt is hung with small pieces of electronics. There’s a circuit board, knobs and handles, gears, a clock that I dismantled and aged to make it look as if it was falling apart as it dangled from my chains, and of course, a sonic screwdriver.  The belt is meant to resemble the control console.

Frey wore the dress to FutureCon 2011-2012, and in a charity calendar.

Bonus: Comic-Con Variety

This photograph by Flickr user Ewen Roberts illustrates the variety of designs that Doctor Who fans with a little creativity can come up with. These ladies attended Comic-Con in San Diego in 2011. The only thing their costumes have in common is that they are dresses that remind one of a TARDIS.

See also: 11 Functional Homemade TARDISes.

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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

Adidas, Jen Mussari

Yellow running shoe with cracker tag.
Wisconsin

Sneaker designed to look like a mountain.
South Dakota
Adidas, Mari Orr

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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