BY SYDNEY BUCKSBAUM

Marvel projects like Loki and Black Widow have kicked off a potential trend: not over-sexualizing female superheroes.

 THE Evolution of female superhero 
costumes

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Fighting enemies in a leather bra and two-inch heels isn't logical, but that's exactly what Halle Berry had to do in Catwoman. Costume design for female comic book characters has evolved.

(2005)

Catwoman

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Natasha and her long-lost Russian assassin faux-sister Yelena (Florence Pugh) spend all of Black Widow running around in flat-soled combat boots, not a wedge or high heel to be found.

(2021)

Black Widow

i think that was the difference with the other [mcu] films, that it was dressing the character and not the woman. i was dressing black widow for what she is at the end, an avenger, as somebody who doesn't sell herself anymore. she knows what she is, she has such great value, she has great power.

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Black widow costume designer

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HBO MAX

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Costume designer Christine Wada has always approached projects with the idea that "all good design" and all good storytelling comes out of "truth and function." She strived to bring that grounded aspect to Sylvie's look. 

(2021-PRESENT)

Loki


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