Actor, Ron Perlman of Hellboy fame, knows firsthand just how large a leading role clothes and costumes play in helping a character–and film–come to life.

(Actor Ron Perlman, and Costume Designers Mayes Rubeo, and Isis Mussenden)

This weekend he moderated an entertaining panel of four of the hottest working costume designers in film for a discussion of the joys and surprises that come along with designing wardrobes for some of the most successful franchises in Hollywood history.

The panel included:

Trish Summerville
Costume Designer: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Isis Mussenden
Costume Designer:The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and the Shrek films

Mayes Rubeo
Costume Designer:Apocalypto, Avatar and World War Z

and Christine Bieselin Clark
Costume Designer: Tron Legacy

(Costume Designers Isis Mussenden, Christine Bieselin Clark and Trisha Summerville)

The women’s varied backgrounds included work in theater, animation, commercials, television and film, but they all agreed that hard work and an understanding of fashion and costuming craft paid off. We look forward to more of what these women have to offer.


(Ashley Eckstein of Her Universe)

Another entertaining panel was from Ashley Eckstein of Her Universe. Returning once again for another showing at Comic Con, Ashely and her panelists discussed rising fashion trends in geek girl couture. With anecdotes from a diverse selection of panelists from buyers at Hot Topic to fashion writers for the New York Times, what we took away from the panel is to use social media to demand more of the fangirl trends you want to see.

Her Universe Panelists:
(Hot Topic’s Ed LaBay (Senior Buyer Licensed Apparel), Mallory Leveille (Buyer Licensed Accessories), Misty Rodriguez (Associate Buyer Womens Licensed Apparel), freelance writer Lisa Granshaw (NBC’s TODAY show website, The Daily Dot & BlastR), Cambria Beauvais, former Director of Brand Assurance at Striker Entertainment and Justin Howard, Fashion Writer (The New York Times Company, Yahoo, and

If you want Buffy-inspired tees and gear at Hot Topic, the professional panelists suggest taking to twitter and facebook to make your concerns known. We think clothing stores could totally use a little Fashion Forward merch… We’ll be working on it!