Pop Culture Tuesdays: Heathers Goes Vintage

by - August 11, 2015

1988 Heathers Fashion

I don't know if this has happened to you while you are watching a modern film (pre-1980) but suddenly you find yourself noticing aspects of vintage fashion that the characters are wearing that you would have never noticed before. Well, that happened to me while watching the 1988 film Heathers.

Today it has garnered cult movie status but to me it was a movie like so many others that were a part of my childhood and teens years. It's now  become a staple for every 80's movie collection.

This time around while I was watching it I kept seeing a whole lot of 1940's fashion. My jaw dropped! How did I miss this? I remember loving their outfits when I was twelve in 1988 when it came out and noticed the resemblance when I watched Clueless in the 90's, but vintage fashion never crossed my mind. After taking a closer look at the fashion in the film Heathers, it was evident to me that the designer on set must have been inspired by vintage fashion, in particular the 1940's.

Double breasted jackets, brooches, the cut of particular dresses, and even Veronica's pageboy-esque hair, to me seemed like it came right out of the 1940's. Thanks to my eyes opening up more to the world of fashion, specifically vintage, I will forever see Heathers going vintage!

Heathers Goes Vintage
Vintage Fashion in Movies
1980s Does 1940s
Vintage Fashion in Films
Vintage Fashion

Did you ever notice the vintage influence in this film? Are there other bits of fashion in the film that you think are inspired by the past?

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  1. I watched this for the first time not that long ago and I too noticed some of the vintage elements. I looked into it a bit more and there was quite a lot of 40s inspired fashion in the late 80s/early 90s I had just never really noticed it before.

    Sometimes its fun to watch old periods films to see how their take on a decade differs from ours too (it's like the opposite of what you've written about) some of the Poirot films from the 80s have amazingly odd 80s does 20s styling.

  2. Remember the woman's suits with huge shoulders on Dallas and Moonlighting? Definite forties influence.

  3. Fun post! I too have noticed this same element in numerous 80s films and also how clothing then seems to have more in common (in some movies at least) with the 40s/50s than with today's often uber casual styles. A some other flicks that stand out for me in this way are all of the Naked Gun and Crocodile Dundee movies (the lead female characters in them, I mean).

    ♥ Jessica