2019’s edition of Comic-Con International: San Diego has given fans plenty of news to digest. Marvel unveiled its first LGBTQ hero; Tom Cruise surprised the audience with a special preview of Top Gun: Maverick; and all those final Game of Thrones season eight questions were answered. All the trailers, sneak peeks, and panels were nice, but this year they were almost overshadowed by the fashion. As the event grows bigger and bigger, its celebrity attendees have begun to use Comic-Con as an opportunity to show off looks direct from the runways. Sure, stars could easily appear onstage in merch from their favorite franchise and call it a day, but where’s the fun in that?
With no official dress code in place, attendees are free to experiment—and when you’re playing to an audience dressed as superheroes, sartorial daring is necessary. The options were endless: in crisp white Loewe with bell sleeves Tessa Thompson previewed Westworld’s anticipated third season, Jennifer Connelly talked up Snowpiercer’s television adaptation in ruffled floral Louis Vuitton. Teasing the latest film in the Terminator series, Mackenzie Davis went for mixed prints in striped Prada short shorts and a plaid blazer, while Danai Gurira confirmed her exit from The Walking Dead in Paco Rabanne’s glamorous metal mesh. A browse through the convention’s most memorable outfits showcases the best in Comic-Con style—and these days, it’s the perfect mix of cosplay and couture.