|Laura's Black Canary & Poison Ivy|
splash of bright color, so I did the edging, zipper, and buckles in gold to highlight her hair.
"I picked Poison Ivy because I really like the idea behind her character, but more often then not her tendency for teasing seduction has landed her with some pretty slutty vine-tentacle undies that kind of grate at my nerves. I had in mind natural cotton with a nice heavy drape to help accentuate her figure without laying absolutely everything out on display at once. That being said, it still takes a healthy dose of confidence to wear. Her hair flower is extremely poisonous, of course, and she doesn't mind its roots hugging her neck affectionately one bit."
|Shannon Fowler's Starling & Black Canary|
"With Starling, I gave her a new bright purple corset top, added some leather and a pair of cargo skinny jeans. Her being a combat specialist, I accessorized her with an ammo belt for her gear, a gun in hand and some fun spiked heal shoes to give her that edge she deserves."
|Claire Napier's Black Canary & Huntress|
"Huntress: I gave her spiked arms -- you can't comfortably stand shoulder to shoulder with anyone like that. The modified bomber jacket and sportswear-y clothes in place of superhero leather or spandex is a nod to her Batgirl sewn-up mouth, and because I like how angry the character has always been when I've read her. 'I'll do it myself', kinda thing. The shape of the collar on her jacket and the hairstyle are a lazy bit of 'Catholic girls look this way', but I think it works. Purple Docs for s***-kickin', and because their cultural history lends itself to a cross, DIY heroine."
|Matthew Ray's Huntress and Batgirl|
|SilverLocust's Black Canary & Huntress|
"Huntress: I went back and reviewed all her costumes. They all were in the lilac and purple family with blues, so it felt right to stay with the color concept. A large number of female characters in Gotham have worn these colors (Batgirl, Catwoman, Spoiler, etc), but Helena had has her own signature feel and I tried to maintain it while updating it. I brought back the original belt buckle design and leg and arm utility belts she used long before Stephanie Brown."
|Sebastian von Buchwald's Black Canary & Lady Blackhawk|
"Lady Blackhawk was much harder to tackle due to me knowing only the most rudimentary of things about the character which is why her costume is still fairly grounded in the current version. The hat seemed silly so I got rid of that and the skirt, though very sexy, just didn't work from a practical point of view. She uses guns so she can rock the long hair and she needed a holster so that's in there too. When I was looking up for some info on her in Wikipedia, I learned that the second Lady Blackhawk uses an eyepatch which I felt was just the thing I needed to make the design pop out a bit more.”
|Philip Rice's Black Canary & Katana|
"For Canary, I chose to replace the classic fishnets with scale mail. I think it gives a shape similar to fishnets but would provide a lot more protection. The rest of her costume is a mix between her classic costume and the New 52 design. For Katana, I was fooling around with samurai armour at first, but I decided to go with a kimono-inspired costume with a few Western influences (the buttons and it being fastened right over left). I wanted both of their looks to seem functional, which is why Black Canary wears her hair up and Katana wears it short."
There you have it! What do you think of the designs in this batch? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to check out all of the Birds of Prey submissions sent in so far. There's still time to send in your redesigns, so be sure to check out the Official Contest Announcement for special contest details!