The secrets behind the best ‘Clueless’ outfits as the film turns 25

Costume designer Mona Might manufactured an indelible mark on the motion pictures of the ’90s: You’ve seen her patterns in “Romy and Michele’s High College Reunion,” “Never Been Kissed” and “The Marriage ceremony Singer,” but her “Clueless” outfits, primarily the looks created for Alicia Silverstone’s Cher, are by much the most legendary.

Who can neglect Cher’s trade about her dress with the mugger who tells her to get on the ground: “It’s an Alaïa.” Mugger: “An a-whatta?” Cher: “An Alaïa. It’s like a totally critical designer.”

Right here, in honor of the film’s 25th anniversary (it opened July 19, 1995), Might shares some of her preferred looks with The Article: “I took runway apparel and remodeled them by the eye of the substantial college female,” she states.

Cher’s very first-working day-of-college outfit

Stacey Dash and Alicia Silverstone.
Stacey Dash and Alicia Silverstone.©Paramount/Courtesy Everett Assortment

Amy [Heckerling, the director] liked a college uniform. So how do you renovate it to substantial vogue? This Dolce & Gabbana was a perfect very first working day of college outfit. In the quad, there’s a large amount of persons, a large amount of greenery, how are we heading to pop Cher out? Yellow is like sunshine, like, oh, my God, she’s the sunshine of the college. And when Alicia put it on, that was it, that was the 1.

Cher’s cherry-purple Alaïa

Cher from 'Clueless' in her Alaia dress
Cher from ‘Clueless’ in her Alaia dressAlamy Inventory Photo

It was so really hard to get anything, because no one was lending apparel back again then! It had to be festive and had to search excellent on Cher. It had to be tight and binding. It was not in our budget to invest a pair thousand on a designer dress! We acquired a contact that we could potentially borrow this, and we totally jumped on it. When it arrived and she tried using it on, it was so perfect. The coverup boa is a Mona Might first. I really don’t assume several persons knew who Alaïa was before the film.

Cher’s white Calvin Klein dress

Justin Walker, Alicia Silverstone
Justin Walker, Alicia Silverstone©Paramount/Courtesy Everett Assortment

This was a minor out of her shade palette, rather pale — I was not guaranteed if it would be the correct matter. You by no means know what will hit the mark. When she put it on, it truly seemed like lingerie, primarily because of the shade. Amy was beside herself. And then we discovered this sheer Vivienne Tam coverup — she was prominent in the ’90s.

Dionne (Stacey Dash)

Donald Faison and Stacey Dash
Donald Faison and Stacey DashEverett Assortment

Dionne was a minor savvier … She was the opposite of Cher, who was type of prim. I appreciate her very first working day of college outfit: The black and white, with the vinyl lapels to go with the vinyl hat. She has these lovely pores and skin. We did the skirts a great deal shorter on her, a large amount of classic purses and clutches, a large amount of texture. I truly like her Christmas bash search, a Dolce & Gabbana blouse. She had the braids in a matching shade ribbon and this sexy skirt to go with it.

Tai (Brittany Murphy)

Brittany Murphy
Brittany MurphyEverett Assortment

Brittany Murphy was these a delight. When we very first see her character, it is like, who’s this hideous duckling? She had the undesirable hair and baggy apparel, and that gave us a large amount to enjoy with. In the conclusion, she’s grown, from the grunge by the overly dressed and primped Cher doll, to come across she’s this truly neat female, very down to earth … she’s a minor boyish but female, way too.

Christian (Justin Walker), Cher’s crush’s entire vibe

Justin Walker
Justin Walker©Paramount/Courtesy Everett Assortment

Justin totally reminded me of all those previous film stars, James Dean, any of all those fellas from the ’50s. And, wow, does he search sexy in a tight T-shirt! We wanted to carry a little something retro to him, so we did the tight shirt with the trousers with the pleats, and the pork pie hat. He truly had the correct physique and the correct aura to pull it off.