Considering the number of kick-ass heroines popping up on the silver screen in recent years, it’s inevitable their tough demeanors will eventually influence the trends. We’re not talking about misbehavior without a cause – the true rebellion has always stood for something, and what they wear says a lot about their message. Below we pay homage to our favourite female rebels in film – in all of their stubborn glory.
Bonnie Parker, Bonnie and Clyde, 1967
American gangster folklore at its very finest – yet Bonnie Parker portrayed by Faye Dunaway captures the essence of the urban Parisian, uniformed in a beret, printed necktie, cable-knit tee and pencil skirt, rather than a fame bank robber on the run. And while real-life Bonnie from the ‘30s led a life far less glamorous than depicted on the Hollywood screen, her clothes were indeed sold as souvenirs immediately after her murder, proving she might just have been a fashionable femme fatale herself.
Betty Rizzo, Grease, 1978
Headed by Rizzo, there ain’t no rebel like a Pink Ladies’ rebel in the ‘50s – dressed in skin-tight stretch pants, slim-fit shirts, distressed hair, and of course the infamous pink satin jacket. The look is not particularly ‘bad-girl’ – as Dan and Dean of Dsquared2, who usually design for the girl who’s more bad than good, proved when their fall 2012 ready-to-wear collection (clearly inspired by the popular high school clique in Grease) not once took a turn for the provocative. But it’s Rizzo’s confidence, always worn proudly, that oozes fabulousness, and surely is to blame for charming the hearts of bad boys.
Trish, SLC Punk!, 1998
While Trish is possibly the most refined rebel ever caught on film, it’s her bohemian attitude, traditional ‘90s grunge style, and, in particular, her cotton candy coloured hair that lend her unconventional character and make her stick out like a sore thumb on the streets of Salt Lake City. We love her for it, and we love that everything about her is resurfacing with a vengeance on the runways.
Lara Croft, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, 2001
Video game adventurer Lara Croft pioneered the new wave of kicks-ass heroines in signature figure-hugging combat wear. So it’s no wonder that designers like Nicola Formichetti and Yohji Yamamoto would want to design clothes with that kind of ‘don’t-mess-with-me’ gal in mind.
Roxie Hart, Chicago, 2002
The aspiring vaudevillian on the verge of scandal and corruption, Roxie Hart quickly rules Cook County Jail’s Murderess’ Row as she explores her newfound lost innocence in Jazz Age Chicago. Fox collars, feathered frocks, beaded barely-there numbers, and banded chinchilla pea coats are only but a few of the film’s highlights, so it’s no wonder the beauty and mystique of the Jazz Age continues to be a touchstone in many collections, most notably Alberta Ferretti.
Lisbeth Salander, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 2011
Forgive us for the plethora of posts on Lisbeth Salander-inspired style, but we here at MTV FORA, like the fashion heavyweights of Paris and New York, can’t seem to shake her fearlessness in fashion and beyond. Rooney Mara committed so strongly to Lisbeth that her near flawless representation has quickly become recognized as the Mecca of dark glamour, and has earned Mara a spot as co-curator of the 2013 Met Museum gala “Punk: Chaos to Couture.”