The launch of a Cher-inspired virtual wardrobe app has us re-examining the most iconic looks from the 90s film
Nobody pulled off matching plaid, fluffy-tip pens and butterfly charms quite like the Clueless gang. After waiting almost 20 years for our own version of Cher Horowitz's computerised wardrobe, it seems like London tech company Metail has made it a reality with their virtual 3D wardrobe app. From Alaïa to Calvin Klein, we chart the ultimate outfits from the 90s cult flick.
THAT ALAÏA DRESS
When Cher gets dumped on the side of the road by Elton (after a sleezy attempt to hit on her) the moment provides one of the most memorable quotes in 90s movie history. In a red Alaïa dress and feather boa-style jacket with matching bag, she is no match for a robber who – even after her attempts to explain the importance of her red dress and its designer – lands a whimpering Cher on the floor.
THE ULTIMATE WARDROBE
Picking out a school outfit every day is pretty straightforward when you've got the help of Dress Me, the revolutionary fictional computer program that lets Cher scroll through her wardrobe at the touch of a button. In the iconic opening scene – which sent teen girls everywhere begging their parents for a wardrobe just like Cher's – she picks out a distinctively 90s combination of sunshine yellow plaid kilt with matching blazer.
DIONNE'S HAT COLLECTION
One for every occasion, Dionne's hat collection spans Dr. Seuss-inspired creations, white bandana confections and crochet caps. But it's when Dionne, school bound, jumps into Cher's car complete with a PVC trim top hat – topped off with an oh-so-90s red rose – that remains ingrained as one of the film's finest fashion moments.
GYM CLASS HEROES
This is how we all wish PE actually looked. In a scene of schoolgirl attitude and endless layers of black and white, Cher, BFF Dionne and arch-nemesis Amber avoid a “death trap” of tennis balls in only-in-the-90s worthy gym wear. Unfortunately, new girl Tai never got the memo.
CHER'S LUCKY SHIRT
Maybe Cher failed her driving test because Lucy the housekeeper sent her Fred Segal shirt to the drycleaners, or perhaps it was her inability to change lanes without hitting a cyclist (“My bad!”) or car (“Shall I write them a note?”) that did it. But Cher does score points for her silver lurex sweater vest fitted over a semi-sheer, frilly shirt dress, plaid skirt and white signature knee high socks.
THE BIRTH OF OUR FLUFFY PEN OBSESSION
The pink fluffy pen, the baby blue skirt, the white t-shirt and the boycrush daydreams: as Cher steps up to present her "violence in the media" oral, it's safe to say that it's not her argument that impressed us most.
CHER'S TAKE ON LOUNGEWEAR
Most of us get our TV fix in jogging bottoms and an old boyfriend's t-shirt. Not Cher Horowitz, whose lounge wear involves a grungy black, pretty-much-transparent shirt over a white vest and accessorised with a giant Catholic cross. Perfect for prancing around in front of hunky stepbrother Josh.
THAT CALVIN KLEIN DRESS
Dressing up for your date in nothing but a white Calvin Klein mini dress in front of your father and stepbrother is definitely a rookie error. But nothing stops Cher, who saves the night by agreeing to cover up – duh, she was just going to – and slinking into a sheer white jacket for her night out dancing with Christian. Problem solved.
No one pulls off the school outfit quite like Cher and best friend Dionne. Dionne's Dr Seuss hat and angora crop top mixed with Cher's French beret and pinstripes are something most students could only dream of turning up to class in.
LOVE AND SWEATER VESTS
Cher's love of sweater vests and collared shirts knew no bounds in the 1995 film. Mixed in with her penchant for match making, her and Dionne decide that it would be fitting to play Cupid with their lonely teachers, Ms Geist and Mr Hall, in this red woollen vest over a pinstripe shirt combination.