In 1995, a film came into the world that would forever change the way we talk about fashion victims, the ensembly challenged, and the full on Monets. Clueless, a loose modern day interpretation of Jane Austen’s novel Emma, stars Alicia Silverstone and Stacey Dash as Cher and Dionne “both named after famous singers of the past, who now do infomercials” muddling their way through the hierarchy of high school. The duo adopt alternative new chick Tai (played by Brittany Murphy-RIP), and teach her how to snag guys, use words like “sporadic,” and most importantly dress in every 90s cliché imaginable while rolling with their homies including Paul Rudd and Breckin Meyer.
Clueless is the latest installment in our Fashion in Film series curated by Eden Dawn, wardrobe stylist and Fashion Editor of Portland Monthly, and Marjorie Skinner, Managing Editor and fashion columnist for the Portland Mercury. Together the two make up the majority of fashion press for our fair city and have an intense catalog of inspirational films influencing their style decisions.