Edited by christian Holub

Artist Russell Dauterman previews high-fashion X-Men designs for the upcoming Hellfire Gala.

X-Men Glow up for Marvel's version of
the Met Gala

Russell Dauterman

"My general thought was that the Gala aesthetic should be high-fashion X-Men costumes (mutant clothes), not high-fashion human clothes," Russell Dauterman said.

Russell Dauterman

For the senior X-Men member and Omega-level mutant, the team said they thought it'd be cool if she literally wore weather, so they gave her a cape made of clouds and lightning. 

Russell Dauterman

STORM

Now that she’s leading the new team, Jean Grey gets a look “that felt super-heroic.”  "I tried to synthesize iconography from Jean’s best costumes into something new and runway-ready," Dauterman says.

Russell Dauterman

JEAN GREY

"SCOTT’S PERSONALITY DOESN’T LEND ITSELF TOWARD OVER-THE-TOP, SO I WENT FOR A STREAMLINED SILHOUETTE AND A FUTURISTIC SOLDIER VIBE."

Russell Dauterman

    on Cyclops

— RUSSELL DAUTERMAN

Cyclops and Jean's aged-up daughter Rachel Summers' fashion was heavily influenced by writer Leah Williams, but they wanted to call back to Rachel's days in Excalibur.

Russell Dauterman

RACHEL
SUMMERS

"I MIXED IN ASPECTS OF BETSY [BRADDOCK’S] CLASSIC COSTUMES, BRINGING THAT ARMORED PRINCESS ENERGY TO HER CAPTAIN BRITAIN LOOK."

Russell Dauterman

    ON CAPTAIN BRITAIN

— RUSSELL DAUTERMAN

"I always loved that red lace dress Jim Lee drew for her date night! The collar was my attempt at merging Rogue’s iconic hood and the jacket," Dauterman shares.

Russell Dauterman

ROGUE

Kate Pryde is the newly-minted Red Queen of Hellfire and taking fashion advice from Emma Frost. 
"I thought Kate’s clothes should be chic because of Emma’s influence, but also a little messy — a nod to Kate’s less-fortunate fashion sense early on," Dauterman says. 

Russell Dauterman

KATE PRYDE

Emma Frost once declared her mission statement to mutantkind: “The whole world is watching us now.  We must be nothing less than fabulous.” 
Is it any surprise that Emma would have three outfits for the Hellfire Gala?

Russell Dauterman

EMMA FROST

One of Emma’s abilities is to turn her skin into diamond. "I thought it’d be cool if she were in diamond form for some of these looks — using her mutation as jewelry," Dauterman says.

Russell Dauterman

EMMA FROST

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