Not So 'Clueless' Fashion

Not So 'Clueless' Fashion

The iconic fashion in the movie "Clueless" tells a story about each character.

150
views

Directed by Amy Heckerling – known most famously for this specific film – "Clueless" follows main character Cher through adolescent life alongside her best friend and the equally as fashionable Dionne. Becoming an instant hit– when the film was released in 1995– "Clueless" intrigued the audience with not only it's infectious, relatable storyline, but largely in part because of the iconic fashion chosen for each character in the film. Thanks to genius costume designer Mona May, personality, social status, and wealth in the film were represented through each outfit carefully selected for each character.

Both Cher and Dionne are introduced to us as wealthy, popular girls at the very start of the film. In each scene, no matter the circumstance, both girls are dressed in trendy and visually expensive looking clothing. It is through these careful outfit selections that we can validate that Cher and Dionne are indeed both trendy and wealthy, being reminded of it visually in every scene they appear in.

Cher - Pictured on left. Dionne- Pictured on right. https://goo.gl/images/reKRtC

During one scene in the movie, Cher is wearing a maroon dress accented with a maroon headband. Later in the film, another character by the name of Amber is seen wearing the very same maroon dress. These series of scenes alone indicate to us what type of person both Cher and Amber are. Cher being the trend-setting, popular girl at her school and Amber being the popular girl that will follow whatever trend is necessary to maintain her social status.

https://goo.gl/images/4rjdf2Clueless (1995)

Amber- Pictured on far righthttps://goo.gl/images/pb7RCe

Fashion is also used in the film as a means of showing a character's transformation. Exchange student Tai quickly goes from burnout to popular girl thanks to the makeover Cher and Dionne so humbly bestowed upon her. This transformation from burnout to popular girl is shown greatly through the clothing Tai wears and the confidence the clothing provides her with. Upon arrival to her first day at a new high school, Tai is shown wearing a baggy graphic T-shirt and a worn looking flannel draped over it with a shy, quirky personality to match.

Taihttps://goo.gl/images/XugiP7

However, after the makeover, Tai is pictured in trendy, expensive looking clothing like the type of clothing Cher and Dionne would sport. Along with her new fashion, Tai begins to establish herself as one of the popular girls and adopts a sassy, confident personality.

https://goo.gl/images/J3JPS3

Clueless showcases the impact fashion choice and costume design can have on a film. The fashion within the film not only please the viewer because of the creativity and beauty of each outfit, but also aid in the storytelling of the film and help portray personality, social status, and wealth of each character in the film.

The thought process behind the fashion within this film was most definitely not "clueless."

Popular Right Now

If You Own 6 Of These 10 Brands, You Are 100 Percent Basic

How basic are you?

akumari
akumari
16052
views

For every brand you own, give yourself a point.

5. The North Face Bookbag

unsplash.com

6. Patagonia

Patagaonia Jacket

patagonia

7. Hunter Rainboots

Hunter Rainboots

https://unsplash.com/photos/zi2zXhEFbiA

9. Nike Shorts (NORTS)

What was your score? Are you truly basic or not? If you are BASIC embrace that, who cares what anyone thinks! If you aren't basic, well then you are clearly embracing your style and thriving! Meanwhile, the rest of us are BASIC as can be and we love it!

akumari
akumari

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

11 Movies On Netflix You Need To See

Yes, they're all on Netflix!

15
views

I know I'm not the only one who struggles to find something new to watch after re-watching my favorite TV show for the 100th time in a row! I did some digging through Netflix's archives so that you don't have to!

Here are 11 awesome flicks to watch next time you have trouble deciding:

1. "Ex Machina"

Domhnall Gleeson stars alongside Alicia Vikander in this Sci-Fi/Thriller film. It's about Gleeson's character, Caleb Smith, who is instructed to determine whether Ava (Vikander), the humanoid robot, is actually capable of true thought and consciousness. A romance develops between Ava and Caleb, and they form a plan to try and free her from the lab and her creator.

2. "Heathers"

One of the most iconic cult films of all time, Winona Ryder plays Veronica, one of four girls in her Ohio high school's popular girl clique. The film gets its name since the three other girls are all named Heather: Heather Chandler, Heather Duke, and Heather McNamara. Despite their extreme popularity, they are hated and feared by the rest of the student body, which is how they retain their prestige. When J.D. (Christian Slater) starts at their school, he and Veronica develop a special bond, and he tries to help her take the Heathers down a few pegs...by trying to kill them and anyone else who gets in their way.

3. "The Waterboy"

On a more positive note, "The Waterboy" is a comedy starring Adam Sandler, who is a waterboy for college football teams down south in Louisiana. When Bobby Boucher (Sandler), is fired from his position with the Cougars, he goes to work for the Mud Dogs, a team who has a 40 game losing streak. Bobby's talent for football is uncovered, and the film follows him as he tries to play successfully while keeping it a secret from his disapproving mother (Kathy Bates).

4. "1922"

Based on the Stephen King novel, the film on Netflix is a recent adaptation, done in 2017. It follows a farm family from Nebraska where father Wilf, short for Wilfred, murders his wife Arlette and dumps her body into a well after she voices that she wishes to sell their farmland and move to Omaha. He does so by enlisting the help of their son, Henry, but when Wilf starts to see apparitions of his dead wife, things move swiftly into a downward spiral.

5. "The Sixth Sense"

This film helped to put director M. Night Shyamalan on the map, particularly for his surprise ending (which I won't reveal, so don't worry, no spoilers here!). Bruce Willis plays the child psychologist Malcolm Crowe, who is helping young Cole Sear, played by Haley Joel Osment, a young boy with the ability to see and speak to the dead.

6. "Blue Valentine"

Ryan Gosling fans, where you at? The Canadian film sweetheart stars in this romantic tragedy opposite Michelle Williams, where they play a couple whose marriage is falling apart, while, in flashbacks, also portray the pair years before when they were dating. Michelle Williams plays Cindy, who is a pre-med student, and Gosling plays Dean Cianfrance, a high school dropout. This film also earned both Gosling and Williams nominations for Golden Globes!

7. "Boyhood"

If you haven't heard of "Boyhood," let me break it down for you. This modern coming-of-age film gained tons of notoriety leading up to the 87th Academy Awards since the film took 12 years to create! The reason for this is that the director, Richard Linklater, chose to use the same actors all the way through, so the viewers would actually see the young boy growing up. For any film junkies out there, this is one of the best examples of modern neorealist film, and another current example of this style is Alfonso Cuarón's film, "Roma."

8. "Dr. Zhivago"

One of the most unique things about this film is its length! Clocking in at 200 minutes (3 hours & 20 minutes), this film takes place starting pre-WWI and follows all the way through the Russian Civil War. Omar Sharif stars as the title role, Yuri Zhivago, opposite Julie Christie, his love interest, a married woman named Lara Antipova. The movie details the way Zhivago's life is changed through this time with the wars. It is a beautiful and bittersweet love story that shows how much war changes the lives of everyone in its wake. This is also the film adaptation of the book "Doctor Zhivago" by Russian novelist and poet, Boris Pasternak.

9. "Good Will Hunting"

Considered a classic by many, "Good Will Hunting" is well-known for its all-star cast, which includes Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Robin Williams. It tells the story of Will Hunting, a hidden genius who works as a janitor. His brilliant mind is discovered after he is forced to see a therapist as part of a deferred prosecution agreement. The therapist Lambeau (Williams), is also a math professor at MIT, where Hunting is a janitor, and he is the one who realizes Hunting's capabilities.

10. "Mona Lisa Smile"

"Mona Lisa Smile" takes place in the early 1950s, at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, where we follow the new professor of art history, Ms. Katherine Watson, played by Julia Roberts. Her students are snobbish girls who try and test her, being a new professor, and though reluctant at first, Watson proves up to the challenge. We also watch the lives of Betty Warren, Connie Baker, and Joan Brandwyn as they struggle with their identities as young women who were raised to be nothing more than a housewife and mother.

11. "The Graduate"

Ever hear an older woman referred to as a "Mrs. Robinson"? Well, this is the movie where that hails from, as well as the son by Simon & Garfunkel. Dustin Hoffman plays new college graduate, Benjamin Braddock, who is seduced by his parent's friend, the married Mrs. Robinson, but who ends up falling in love with her daughter Elaine, who is Benjamin's age. It also earned Mike Nichols the Academy Award for Best Director in 1967!

Related Content

Facebook Comments