A Look Into The 90s and 2000s Film Wardrobes That Defined Fashion

When you watch a movie and the lead strolls down the streets of New York City with a flip phone in one hand and shopping bags in the other, it’s often a good sign that you’re in for some fabulous looks. 

The 90s and early 2000s were a golden age for chick flicks and romantic comedies. Not to mention, quite a momentous era for fashion. The costumes in these films have had a lasting impact, significantly laying down the path for shaping the fashion industry as we know it. 

Anne Hathaway, Julia Roberts, Alicia Silverstone, Kate Hudson and Reese Witherspoon are some of the leading ladies who have graced the rom-com world. In this article, take a trip down memory lane as we revisit some of the most memorable movie wardrobes the 90s and 2000s had to offer. 

Take a look back at some of the most memorable wardrobes film had to offer :

 

The Devil Wears Prada 

 

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The Devil Wears Prada remains as relevant and iconic as it was when the film was released 18 years ago. Anne Hathaway plays Andrea Sachs, an aspiring journalist who gets swept up into the whirlwind of fashion when she takes up a job “a million girls would kill for”: assistant to the cynical editor-in-chief of the glitzy and glamorous Runway magazine, Miranda Priestly. 

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The film is well known for its collection of memorable looks, curated by award-winning Stylist and Costume designer Patricia Field. From Andy’s wardrobe revamp to Gisele Bundchen’s office siren cameo look, here is a breakdown of the film’s most unforgettable looks.

 

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Clueless 

 

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Cher picking an outfit from her phenomenal ( and high tech!) closet in the opening scene foreshadowed the entire film’s fashion narrative. 

It may be 28 years since Clueless first graced the big screens, but Cher and Dionne’s plaid printed co-ord looks have since made comebacks every Halloween. 

 

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The film’s costume designer, Mona May, is often regarded as the Queen of 90s movie fashion. Clueless‘s wardrobe boasts the epitome of 90s style and is responsible for significantly setting the tone for fashion during that period, which has made a lasting impact until today. 

 

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How to lose a guy in 10 days 

 

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Kate Hudson floating down the stairs in her iconic yellow dress in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, will forever be remembered as one of the greatest moments in rom-com history. 

 

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 In the film, Kate Hudson plays Andy Anderson, a journalist with an effortlessly chic and laidback style. The film’s costumes comprise classic early 2000s fashion staples, from pencil skirts to halter-style tops.

 

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Nottinghill 

Anna Scott was the original champion for ‘off-duty model’ looks. 

Julia Robert’s style in the film Nottinghill heavily embodies the ‘off-duty model’ look that has dominated fashion as a trend in recent years. When building a classic off-duty look, the main elements are usually blends of elevated and basic staples that look casual yet put together. 

Off-duty looks also heavily embody personal style. Many of Julia’s looks in the film were acquired from her personal wardrobe, further instilling the idea of individuality and personal style shaping off-duty looks. 

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Leather jackets, dainty cardigans and cat-eye sunglasses are some of Anna Scott’s wardrobe staples that have stood the test of time.  

Legally Blonde 

 

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Legally Blonde‘s culmination of an inspiring storyline, iconic quotes and unforgettable fashion moments have made it one of the world’s favourite films.  

 

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From the pink power suit worn when winning her first case to the sparkly bikini in her Harvard admissions video, you can always count on Elle Woods for the perfect “barbiecore” look. 

 

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