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Wonder Women Redesigns by Femmes-Fatales Wonder Women Redesigns by Femmes-Fatales
The dialogue on Wonder Woman's costume couldn't be any hotter these days. Thanks to the recent Jim Lee redesign and the new outfit for the Wonder Woman TV show, everyone seems to be focused on Princess Diana's wardrobe. What *should* an Amazon warrior wear these days? Of course, these are all part of an ongoing discussion between Wonder Woman diehards and those who feel they can't take her seriously because of her look. Yes, because Batman and Superman's outside underwear is so serious. Anyway, here's my attempt at doing a design on Wonder Woman and her sidekick Wonder Girl.

For me, I prefer practical costumes. That's why I opted for the Greek look that many use as a template for their redesigns for Diana. For me, I worked with the shapes and details from Xena's costume. I went with a more fitted bustier with detailing to show how it is constructed. The waist is lower and in a V-shape to slim her down. The top also has straps... which will thankfully prevent her breasts from popping out. I also threw on a skirt which was more or less inspired by Erica Durance's Wonder Woman costume from Smallville. I also gave her longer bracelets and a belt that was lower-slung so it wouldn't be uncomfortable in battle. As for the boots, I opted for Greek warrior-style armor covering her classic boots -- which would be flat NOT with stupid high heels. Of course, the "WW" breastplate is still there (I don't like the eagle version most people use when they do the warrior outfit... Batman has a bat, Superman has an S and Wondy has her WWs) and the tiara remained the same. Some make the tiara come down onto the bridge of her nose but that's both uncomfortable and may hinder her eyesight. I also dulled the colours to make it more realistic. But seriously, this look is nothing new and many have done it before. This is just me drawing it in my style.

Now onto Wonder Girl. For Donna, she HAS to have a halter top. It's her signature shape and she just doesn't look right without it. And it also had to be high enough to cover her breasts. Too many draw her as if she's wearing Cher's Turn Back Time outfit. So basically I took her classic Wonder Girl look, threw some seams on it, made smaller stars, gave her longer bracelets, put on a choker and gave her matching armor to cover her shins. That way she'll do more damage and have more protection in a fight. Lastly, the belt is changed and is largely inspired by :iconpetercotton:'s Wonder Girl belt.
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JusticeCarmon Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Of all the re-designs I have seen, this is the one I most agree with. Classic Greek with an American palette - close to the emblem or markings she would see on Steve Trevor's plane: a logical alteration that an emissary to the "world of Men" would wear.

Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Costume design is always really about creating something that suits a character. It's just never made sense that Princess Diana arrived in Man's World wearing what amounts to a bathing suit. Since female characters are subjected to objectification in a way that male ones simply aren't, Wonder Woman's been stuck in such a costume for so long because of that tragic occurrence in comics. People always get bent out of shape the moment a female character's breasts are tucked into an outfit (i.e. Power Girl) or if they're suddenly not wearing bathing suit outfits.

Either way, thanks for the comment. I appreciate you taking the time out to do so. :)
thecreater999 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
she's pretty skimpy for someone who is supposed to be reuniting men/woman
also reveils open targets for a warrior
Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
These are ancient redesigns. I've updated Diana's design twice more following this and Donna's as well. :)
DonnaTroyPlz Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist it
Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
DC Comics could definitely take a page or two out of Xena's book... Xena's the best Wonder Woman adaptation that isn't even called Wonder Woman. :P
RakaiThwei Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
Here is a good one that I haven't commented on. I can say that I like this piece.

I definitely feel Wonder Woman's outfit here. I can also tell that you definitely had Xena's suit influence you here, so you pretty much worked very well in working something which would also work very nicely for Diana. After all she is supposed to be Greek, so it's only fitting that she wear something that shows her heritage. And I am definitely feeling it. The strapped top also works because what kind of warrior would wear a strapless top? It's impractical to wear something like, so the straps definitely work. I also like how you worked the WW emblem as part of the suit, actually functioning as a breast plate, which works quite well. I also love how you used the leg armor. After all it protects the knees and the shins as well. I like how you opted for gold, it definitely gives it that Bronze Age feel to it.

As for Donna Troy's outfit. It also works. You kept a majority of the original costume but added some tweaks of your own to it. There is not a lot to say about Troy's outfit because it isn't as detailed as Diana's because when I say that, I mean that it's almost the original outfit with a few modifications where as Diana's is almost a complete over-haul. That said, I definitely like Donna Troy's hair style which you have given her, and I do like the shin guards and gauntlets as well.

I know you said that a lot of people have done their spin on a practical suit for Wonder Woman. I have also seen Jim Lee's take on it, but still I can say that I thoroughly like your version of it. Well done.
Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh! I'm actually quite surprised you ended up commenting on and fav'ing this piece. Although, perhaps I shouldn't be so surprised given that you find Donna to be a gorgeous character (let's face it, she totally is).

The Wonder Woman redesign was one of the first redesigns I'd really ever done (at least that I was serious about). I think it really works for her character and it's cool that you've pointed out the elements which you like or at least feel like they work. The breastplate is something I'm particularly fond of since it combines the iconic WW with the symbol of the eagle. I also love the bodice. I think the detailing is really great.

As for Donna, I don't think her costume needs all that much changing. It's already a practical design which provides decent movement for her. Admittedly, I added the shin guards strictly to make her look different but I'd probably remove them strictly because her go-go boots are so fabulous!
LightsKira Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
I like how you did Wonder Woman's skirt. I don't know if it was intentional or not, but the pleats look like they kinda resemble the shape of the other costume.
Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Of which costume? Well, the panels of the skirt were mostly chosen to go in a v-shape as that would a) give her more maneuverability but also because b) that's how they did Xena's skirt.
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