The evolution of Wonder Woman's costumes through the years
Amazon fashion over time
Ahead of Wonder Woman 1984, we looked back at how Wonder Woman's look has evolved from her first appearance in the '40s to her latest comics redesign.
The Original (1941)
The first design from co-creators William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peter contained most of what would become Wonder Woman's signature elements: the red, blue, and gold color scheme; the bracelets; the tiara. But she also wore flowy culottes at first, and her chest emblem was an American eagle (fitting for a character created on the eve of war).
Get Shorty (1942)
It didn’t take long for the hero formerly known as Diana Prince to ditch her initial star-studded culottes for formfitting (and far more practical) shorts — though they started out longer than they would later become.
In the years after Marston's death, Wonder Woman got new footwear, replacing her boots with lace-up gladiator-style sandals befitting her roots in Greek mythology. Meanwhile her shorts got shorter, veering into hot-pants territory.
Going Mod (1968)
The '60s were a time of great change, and even Wonder Woman was not immune: She traded her costume and superpowers for a mod look and martial arts skills, often wearing minis and jumpsuits as she fought crime with groovy style.
Ms. Prince (1972-73)
She returned to her classic look with help from feminist icon Gloria Steinem, who put Wonder Woman — dressed in her iconic red, white, and blue ensemble — on the cover of the first full-length issue of Ms. magazine.
Letter Perfect (1982)
Under the leadership of Jenette Kahn, DC Comics' first female publisher, the golden eagle was replaced by WW initials, giving her an iconic chest emblem on par with her crusading colleagues Batman and Superman.
Bigger Is Better (1987)
In the wake of DC's game-changing Crisis on Infinite Earths series, writer-artist George Pérez (who had illustrated Crisis) redesigned Wonder Woman with co-plotter Greg Potter. Her hair got curlier, her heels became flats, and the bracelets got even bolder (as Pérez has noted, what use would an isolated Amazon culture have for heels?).
Tough Love (1994-95)
Like many other superheroes, her look got extreme in the '90s. After losing her Wonder Woman title to rival Amazon Artemis, Diana ditched her usual ensemble for black and blue leather (and yes, those would be biker shorts).
Back To Basics (2006)
Twenty years after Crisis on Infinite Earths, DC rebooted again with Infinite Crisis. Diana re-embraced her classic look, and also went back to splitting time with her Diana Prince alter ego for the first time in many years.
Kick in the Pants (2010)
The most radical redesign came courtesy of current DC co-publisher Jim Lee. The pants and jacket reflected Wonder Woman's reworked origin story, while her new bracelets left a W-shaped mark on enemies.
A Brief History (2011)
This iteration saw Wonder Woman in some of her briefest briefs, a new red-and-black color palette, and silver accessories (including a covetable WW choker!), instead of gold.
A Legend Reborn (2016)
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