In the world of cinema, fashion plays an important role in bringing characters to life and setting the tone for their stories. From glamorous appearances to iconic casual outfits, these are some of the most fabulous female characters who have redefined fashion in film, while captivating audiences with their gracious style and fashion-forward choices.
1. The Unconventional Elegance of Villanelle in Killing Eve
The character of Villanelle, beautifully portrayed by Jodie Comer in the TV series Killing Eve, has become synonymous with unconventional elegance. Villanelle’s wardrobe is a striking fusion of luxury brands, vibrant colors, and unexpected pairings. Her ensembles effortlessly transition between elegant dresses, tailored suits, and edgy streetwear, reflecting her multifaceted personality and unpredictability. She is definitely one of my favorite characters in movies & TV, being so daring, unpredictable, brave, vulnerable, funny, threatening – all at the same time. The combination of Jodie’s phenomenal acting skills and Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s brilliant writing has elevated Villanelle to a level of prominence rarely seen in modern film.
Villanelle is a highly skilled and enigmatic assassin with a distinct sense of style. Her character’s fashion choices have become an integral part of her identity, showcasing her vibrant personality. Jodie Comer’s portrayal of Villanelle is nothing short of remarkable. She flawlessly brings the character to life, capturing the nuances of her complex personality and infusing her with a magnetic charisma. Jodie’s ability to convey both vulnerability and a chilling sense of detachment has earned her critical acclaim and a dedicated fan base. She effortlessly navigates the fine line between charm and menace, making Villanelle simultaneously alluring and terrifying.
2. Samantha’s Bold Choices in Sex and the City
Kim Cattrall‘s portrayal of Samantha Jones in Sex and the City brought forth a character known for her fearless and audacious fashion choices. Samantha’s wardrobe exudes confidence and empowerment, embracing femininity in its truest sense. From form-fitting cocktail dresses to power suits, her style encourages women to embrace their unique preferences and express their individuality.
Sex and the City is one of the powerful series that changed the perception of the modern woman. I mean, let’s talk for real, I learned a lot about sex from them in a time when this subject was tabu in my country, so cheers to these fierce ladies! When it comes to choosing a fashionable character from this series, Carrie is usually the one picked up. I believe, though, that Samantha is the real fascinating character from all four. She is the SEX from Sex and the City. Without her presence in the new series And Just Like That… I feel that the show has become just The City. Luckily, she will appear in the next season so I cannot wait to see the real Sex and the City featuring Samantha.
3. Miranda Priestly’s High-Fashion Dominance in The Devil Wears Prada
There cannot be a top of fashionable female characters in film without the devilish Miranda Priestly, impeccably portrayed by the one and only Meryl Streep. We already know that Meryl is the perfect chameleon and she truly become the character, giving flesh and life to simple words on a paper. However, in this role she truly went the extra mile! Miranda Priestly becomes the epitome of high fashion and sophistication.
As a powerful fashion magazine editor, Miranda’s wardrobe showcases designer pieces, impeccably tailored ensembles, and timeless classics. Her character proves that fashion is not merely about clothes but a form of self-expression and empowerment. She is the character that sets the tone for other fashionable female leads and, oh well, it’s not that easy to compete with Meryl Streep and her Miranda.
4. The Timeless Charm of Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s
I absolutely love Breakfast at Tiffany’s and I’ve shared a couple of surprising secrets about the film in the previous article. You can find it here, in the link below. We also have two YouTube shorts about the fabulous Audrey Hepburn and you can watch them here.
Audrey Hepburn’s portrayal of Holly Golightly created one of the most loved fashion icons in cinema and beyond. Holly’s image is almost as famous as the Mona Lisa and you can see it everywhere! Holly’s wardrobe, curated by renowned designer Hubert de Givenchy, epitomizes timeless charm. The iconic little black dress, oversized sunglasses, and statement accessories are synonymous with Holly’s elegant and sophisticated style, inspiring generations of women to embrace effortless glamour.
5. Mia Wallace’s Edgy Appeal in Pulp Fiction
Uma Thurman‘s character, Mia Wallace, in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction exudes a captivating blend of mystery and allure. Mia’s fashion choices, including her sleek bob haircut and her iconic white shirt and black trousers, epitomize edginess and daring. Mia, the wife of a mobster, is so well brought to life by Uma who captures her complexities with remarkable depth. The famous dancing scene with John Travolta is one of the most electrifying moments in cinema.
Fun Fact: Uma was hesitant to do the scene. But, her commitment to bring Mia to life eventually led to one of the best performances. Mia’s style and edgy vibe continue to inspire fashion enthusiasts who appreciate unconventional and audacious fashion.
6. Elle Woods: Challenging Stereotypes in Legally Blonde
I couldn’t leave out the elegant and sweet Elle Woods who became so deeply imprinted in pop culture. Reese Witherspoon‘s portrayal of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde showcases the journey of a vibrant character who challenges stereotypes through her fashion choices. From her signature pink outfits to preppy and chic ensembles, Elle’s wardrobe reflects her bubbly personality and determination. Her character emphasizes that fashion can be a tool for empowerment and breaking societal norms.
7. Midge Maisel’s Retro Fashion Revival in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
We move on to a more recent series set in the dazzling 1950s and 1960s, beautifully capturing not only the fashion, but also the vibes and lifestyle of those years. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel showcases the fashionable world of Miriam Midge Maisel, portrayed by Rachel Brosnahan. Midge Maisel is a charismatic and witty character who defies societal norms with her comedic talent and evolving fashion sense.
The show presents a stunning display of retro-inspired outfits, including vibrant dresses, matching accessories, and elegant coats. Midge’s fashion choices capture the essence of the era, embracing the feminine silhouettes and glamorous aesthetics of the time. Her style serves as a delightful homage to the fashion trends of the mid-20th century, constantly captivating us with its nostalgic charm.
8. Satine: The Dazzling Diamond of Moulin Rouge
Moulin Rouge, directed by Baz Luhrmann, transports us to the enchanting world of the Parisian cabaret. The film features Satine, played by Nicole Kidman, a courtesan and performer with a mesmerizing wardrobe. Satine’s costumes are a blend of opulence, sensuality, and theatricality. From extravagant feathered gowns to sparkling corsets, her outfits radiate a sense of allure and grandeur. Satine’s fashion choices exemplify the notion that fashion can be a transformative tool, transporting both the wearer and the audience to a realm of fantasy and artistry.
9. Catherine is Unleashing the Seductive Power of Fashion in Basic Instinct
Ah, Basic Instinct, another film that mesmerized me in my early 20s. In this neo-noir thriller, Sharon Stone‘s character, Catherine Tramell, captivates audiences with her seductive and daring fashion sense. Catherine’s wardrobe is characterized by sleek and provocative outfits, featuring form-fitting dresses, plunging necklines, and bold accessories. Her style breathes confidence and unapologetic sexuality, leaving a lasting impression on viewers. We will never forget Sharon’s famous interrogation scene where – you already know! 🙂
Catherine’s fashion choices symbolize her enigmatic personality and play a significant role in shaping her character’s allure and power. She is a mesmerizing character that stays with you long after the film has ended.
10. Cruella: Embracing the Dark Side of Style
Based on the iconic Disney villain, Cruella showcases the transformation of Estella, played by Emma Stone, into the fashionable and rebellious Cruella de Vil. The film explores the evolution of Cruella’s unique and edgy style, which becomes synonymous with her villainous persona. From striking monochrome ensembles to extravagant and avant-garde designs, Cruella’s fashion choices push boundaries and challenge conventions. Her character exemplifies the idea that fashion can be a form of self-expression, even for those who embrace their darker side.
To Sum Up…
The most fashionable female characters in film have left a lasting mark on pop culture and the fashion industry. Their unique styles and iconic outfits continue to inspire and influence audiences around the world. From Villanelle’s eclectic choices to Samantha’s fearless approach to fashion, each character has brought their own interpretation of style to the screen, leaving a huge impact on us. These characters remind us that fashion is more than just clothing — it is a means of self-expression, empowerment, and storytelling. It’s our tool that we can use as we wish! It’s a beautiful form of expression at our fingertips.