A few weeks ago, I saw a SuperPunch blog on the New Batgirl costume (aka Stephanie Brown, formerly the Spoiler).
It reminded me of the “Batgirl Meme” that went around LiveJournal a few years back. I had wanted to contribute, but at the time I wasn’t really inspired to do so. The latest costume finally made me think of how I might design a Batgirl costume, so here goes:
I’m taking some cues of how I’ve been drawing my characters, Ninja Panda and Kunoichi Panda…hence the organic-like “cape/scarf” and general ninja approach. Like most people, I’m not a huge fan of the “garter pack” on the new costume, and instead opted to ditch the utility belt and replace it with utility arm bands.
Granted, my choice of bright yellow thigh-high tabi-boots (i.e. ninja toe boots) may not be terribly practical in terms of stealth, but it’s more of a stylistic choice. I tried to keep it functional by making them tabi-style so that it does make a little bit of sense. Another detail to note is that in my concept, the red hair is a wig, so that any appropriate hero could take on the mantle (and spirit) of Batgirl.
Overall, I wanted to acknowledge the iconic concept of the original Batgirl, but just put my own spin on it.