Fashion in Film: Heathers

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If you thought your high school experience was a drag, just hit ‘play’ on the 1988 film Heathers, and you’ll be singing a different tune. Starring Christian Slater, Shannon Doherty, and ModCloth favorite Winona Ryder as reluctant in-crowder Veronica Sawyer, Heathers is campy, dark-comedy about the perils of being in the popular crowd. Set in suburban Ohio, Heathers follows a clique of four girls — Heather I, Heather II, Heather III, and Veronica — as they reign over Westerberg High, terrorizing their underlings — and each other — all while clad in the most very ‘80s fashions.

Rife with padded shoulders, scrunchies, and fully-blown hair, Heathers is an ’80s-style soft-focus dream come true, and every high-schooler’s ultimate nightmare. Whether you’re taking notes on Veronica’s school-girl-chic monocle and loafers, or pining for Veronica I’s power shoulders and pleats, there’s a killer look for just about everyone. As Halloween draws ever closer, why not grab a few of your favorite frenemies, pop Heathers into the VCR, and take notes on the group costume possibilities that lie within this campy clique flick.

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8 Comments

  1. CJ 10/21/2013 at 12:37 pm #

    Believe it or not I just watched this movie for the first time a few months ago! Very cool!

  2. Stephanie Scott 10/21/2013 at 1:48 pm #

    By the time I saw Heathers, it was mid-90s and those clothes were already ridiculous. Didn’t stop my friend and I from making red scrunchies and taking lunch time polls for the school paper. Yes, for real. Love that movie, it’s still so dark, too.

  3. Richard (ModCloth) 10/21/2013 at 4:29 pm #

    Christan Slater was so cool in this movie!

  4. tribalfaerie 10/21/2013 at 5:10 pm #

    I remember that movie. Is it sick to say I found it funny?

    • Cherry 11/10/2013 at 3:32 pm #

      It is a dark comedy. It’s supposed to be funny in a kind of screwed up way. So no, not any sicker than anyone else who likes this movie. I, for one, love it.

  5. Brianna 10/22/2013 at 7:31 am #

    I literally just watched this movie on Saturday! The blog article on Winona Ryder made me want to watch it SO badly 😀 I love Heathers oh so much <3

  6. kerbey 10/22/2013 at 7:08 pm #

    I thought it was funny when it came out, but then again I was Winona Rider’s age as well. I remember them saying, “F me gently with a chainsaw, Veronica.”

  7. Holly 10/25/2013 at 8:40 am #

    Heathers is actually being made into a Broadway musical! They’re currently in workshop stages but it looks like Broadway is it’s true destination!

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