Stargirl is one of the newest DC comics adapted to a television show for the CW, a channel known for its book and comic adaptations. The show is part of the Arrowverse, the CW’s shared universe of DC shows that began with the show Arrow in 2012.
One of the most critical aspects of Stargirl, which was created by Geoff Johns, is the costumes. Because the show required costumes that fit the superhero theme perfectly, designer Laura Jean Shannon was brought in to take on the task.
Laura Jean Shannon has had an interest in science fiction and fantasy for most of her life. As an adult, she knew she wanted to become a costume designer. Although she knew she’d eventually end up designing costumes for the fantasy and science fiction genres, she made sure to develop her skills in a well-rounded way.
Shannon’s experience as a costume designer has led to her work on several comic book adaptations. She has created costumes for Marvel’s Iron Man, DC’s Black Lightning, which was part the CW’s Arrowverse, and Garth Ennis’ The Boys. In addition, she has worked on projects in other areas, including movies such as Footloose and Requiem for a Dream.
While in college, Shannon majored in modelmaking and sculpture. She enjoyed combining different elements to make three-dimensional models of her own ideas. As a costume designer, she has put her skills as a sculptor to use when making the more complex aspects of the supersuits worn by various characters.
Laura Jean Shannon has been nominated for several awards in the past.
Costume Designers Guild
Award for Excellence in Contemporary Film for her work on Iron Man.
Award for Excellence in Commercial Costume Design for a Smirnoff vodka commercial.
Las Vegas Film Critics Society
Sierra Award for Best Costume Design for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
Online Film & Television Association
GFTA Film Award for Best Costume Design for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
Work on Stargirl
Shannon researched the different variations of the Stargirl characters that have emerged over the years when designing the costumes for the show. In doing so, she created costumes that reflected the lifetimes of the comic’s characters. Her biggest challenge with creating costumes for Stargirl was maintaining the nostalgia of the characters while appealing to a modern-day audience.
Laura Jean Shannon is a costume designer who has a career that ranges from vodka commercials to blockbuster movies. Still, her niche is truly the superhero genre. Her current projects include Stargirl and The Boys.