Friday, August 5, 2011

Fashion In Film Friday - Clueless

The 1995 movie 'Clueless' starring Alicia Silverstone & the late Brittany Murphy was surprisingly an instant box office hit given the mediocrity of the storyline.  The plot surrounds a group of Beverly Hills teenage girls who are gorgeous, popular & wealthy high school fashionistas on the hunt for the opposite sex.  This popular 90's film had the same impact on slang trends as the movie 'Valley Girls' did in the 80's.  The girls of Clueless were definitely the modern day version of 'Vals'.    
Aside from the jargon catching on, the clothing styles in 'Clueless' made it the fashion film of the year and the title was totally earned by costume designer Mona May who came up with the sixty different wardrobe changes for Silverstone's character.
May stated in an interview with Nylon Magazine that her designs for the movie Clueless were greatly influenced by runway shows.  She said the tricky part was bringing haute couture to the classroom setting & having it fit in.  Her designs for the film were fresh, outrageous & soon after the movie was released the trends were catching on.  Berets were back with a passion. Baby doll dresses with puffy sleeves, otherwise known as 'cute baby wear', micro minis with tights, slip dresses worn over t-shirts, plaid two piece mini skirt suits and thigh high stockings worn with platform Mary Jane's were big fashion fare the year this film came out... 
Although the fashion styles of the movie 'Clueless' were so sixteen years ago, elements of them pop up here and there, every now and then and sooner or later it's going to be back around again! 


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