Re-Imagination Pt 2: Jem & the Holograms!

Hello Everyone!

Sorry to keep you waiting, I'm sure you were holding your breath wondering when I would EVER release another Bradfordley blog!! Well, I have a great reason, because this one I really DOVE into to! If you've been following you know that I was inspired by the recent wave of movies that are re-imagining classic cartoons/properties that I decided to do concepts for how I would re-imagine some of my favorite cartoons. Last week I brought you Skeletor, and wished I had developed some of the other characters, and maybe I'll come back around to Masters of the Universe. But I was chomping at the bit for my next inspiration, an 80s FAVORITE of mine... JEM & the Holograms!!

For those of you unfamiliar, Jem & the Holograms was a line of dolls created in the 1980s and Hasbro wanted a episodic cartoon to go along with them. They enlisted a female writer, Christy Marx, who had been writing great stories for G.I.Joe and she developed the storyline for Jem & the Holograms. The cartoon is about a woman and her friends who run a girl's home. The lead, Jerrica, and her sister Kimber have a father that runs a record company, Starlight Music. When he passes away he leaves the record company to Jerrica. There's drama that ensues as a ruthless protege to her father wants the company, and also the girl's home is going belly up. As all this is going on, Jerrica stumbles upon her dad's secret computer that can create holograms, Synergy. She enlists the help of her friends, who are also very musical to become the rock pop group Jem & the Holograms. She uses Syngergy to disquise herself as Jem, as they play gigs and contests, and etc to make enough money to keep the girl's home afloat. That's the quick rundown. Oh and each episode had music videos that went with the story. It was so unbelievably 80s.  

In fact, there are few things more 80s than Jem, that I couldn't imaging re-conceptualize it in that decade. Staying true to the focus of their tagline "Glamor & Glitter, Fashion & Fame" I decided to move the story back to the 1960s, with the era of mod fashion as the inspiration. I kept the color palette the same for the most part, as it is part of the charm. Side Note: IDW comics has a modern re-imagining of Jem and it is FANTASTIC. Sadly, like many good things, it is ending soon, but if you're intrigued by Jem, or a fan of the old cartoon series, it's really worth checking out, especially in how they illustrate women of all sizes, shapes, and backgrounds. But for now... onto MY RE-IMAGINATION of JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS!! To help the unfamiliar, I am also showing you the outrageous changes I made from their 80s counterpart, a before & after, if you will: 

First up is Aja Leith, Jem's friend and lead guitar player. There was an episode where she wore a beret and I really dug it, so I gave her a nice clean mod look with a pom pom adorned beret and a stylish cape. Show them how it's done, Aja!!

First up is Aja Leith, Jem's friend and lead guitar player. There was an episode where she wore a beret and I really dug it, so I gave her a nice clean mod look with a pom pom adorned beret and a stylish cape. Show them how it's done, Aja!!

Next up, Shana Elmsford, the fashion mogul and drummer for Jem and the Holograms (later the bass guitarist upon her return, she leaves for a bit to pursue her fashion design dreams and they replace her, the DRAMA!!!) For a fashion designer, she often wore some drab looks, but I always loved her hair. I wanted to make her one of the more fashion forward with a stylish mod kimono with a funky print and a sleek asymmetrical up-do. This Shana takes chances and is not afraid of a good orange blush and blue eye shadow combo. Don't come for her unless she sends for you!  

Next up, Shana Elmsford, the fashion mogul and drummer for Jem and the Holograms (later the bass guitarist upon her return, she leaves for a bit to pursue her fashion design dreams and they replace her, the DRAMA!!!) For a fashion designer, she often wore some drab looks, but I always loved her hair. I wanted to make her one of the more fashion forward with a stylish mod kimono with a funky print and a sleek asymmetrical up-do. This Shana takes chances and is not afraid of a good orange blush and blue eye shadow combo. Don't come for her unless she sends for you!  

If you know me, you know that Kimber Benton is MY FAVORITE Hologram. Therefore, I gave her one of my favorite hairstyles from the mod era; the under-curled pageboy. Kimber is the KEYTAR player of the group. In the 60s I imagine she'd play the organ, or something piano-like and funky. For her look, I turned up the proportions and she is giving us EVERYTHING! She is young and can be impetuous, so I thought she might take more risks and let Shana experiment with her fashion a bit more than the other girls. 

If you know me, you know that Kimber Benton is MY FAVORITE Hologram. Therefore, I gave her one of my favorite hairstyles from the mod era; the under-curled pageboy. Kimber is the KEYTAR player of the group. In the 60s I imagine she'd play the organ, or something piano-like and funky. For her look, I turned up the proportions and she is giving us EVERYTHING! She is young and can be impetuous, so I thought she might take more risks and let Shana experiment with her fashion a bit more than the other girls. 

How would Jem's supercomputer Synergy look in the 60s? I imagined she'd take the fashion and push it to the extreme. Plus she always kinda had a Superhero look, so I gave it some of that as well. I'm also in LOVE with fashion sketches from this era and I imagined Synergy as being a sort of walking fashion sketch. 

How would Jem's supercomputer Synergy look in the 60s? I imagined she'd take the fashion and push it to the extreme. Plus she always kinda had a Superhero look, so I gave it some of that as well. I'm also in LOVE with fashion sketches from this era and I imagined Synergy as being a sort of walking fashion sketch. 

Now we have the titular lady herself; Jem! Jem is to be the total package, so I combined some of the best of 60s hair, a babydoll dress with a large modern graphic, and topped it off with some sheer shiny leggings and wide fishnets. 

Now we have the titular lady herself; Jem! Jem is to be the total package, so I combined some of the best of 60s hair, a babydoll dress with a large modern graphic, and topped it off with some sheer shiny leggings and wide fishnets. 

I had such a blast working on this, that I am NOT DONE! Next week, look for the Misfits (the rival Band of the Holograms), Jerrica, and Rio (the Jerrica/Jem love interest). Thank you for taking time out to look at my geeky retellings, it's honestly been such a great and challenging project. And if you've ever attempted a blog, you know that content can be a the hardest part. With my love of the 80s and geeky things, combined with my infatuation with new concepts, this has been a sort of imagination vacation. 

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