In one of her first scenes, Cher flicks through a computer app that shows a paper doll version of herself and various combinations of outfits. After choosing one “mismatch,” she settles on a sunshine yellow suit, and the St Bernard Rockin’ The Tattooed Dog Mom Life Vintage Shirt Furthermore, I will do this app happily responds with an image of Cher in knee-high stockings, silver shoes, and a matching cardigan. The clothes in the app, as well as the other 59 outfits Cher wears, were put together by Mona May, the costume designer of Clueless, (as well as Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, Cheetah Girls: One World, Enchanted and many more). But even though it is implied that Cher is wearing designer clothes (she name drops Alaïa, famously), May didn’t have a ton to work with at the beginning of shooting. “I had maybe $200,000 for the costumes, which isn’t a lot,” May says. “I shopped everywhere. I went to the mall, I went to thrift stores. I had to be resourceful to make this happen.” May estimates that she made hundreds of costumes for the film because every kid in the background of a party or in class was dressed by her team. We discussed 9 at length, from the famous yellow suits to the most fabulous gym uniforms in cinematic history.
“The yellow suit was off the St Bernard Rockin’ The Tattooed Dog Mom Life Vintage Shirt Furthermore, I will do this rack. We really wanted to do the plaid because it was the quintessential schoolgirl outfit. When I was shopping, I had some other suits from the mall and different stores. I had a blue one and a red one. The blue didn’t have the oomph. The red felt too risque, it didn’t feel like Cher. I wasn’t sure about the yellow. It’s not a great color for blondes. But when Alicia put that on, we all went “oh my god, this is it.” She looks like a ray of sun and the queen of school. The fitting is when you find things really gelling, and watching the actor become the character. The safety pin on both outfits is a play on grunge but also the traditional Scottish kilts have pins on them. It’s very punk rock. Those socks are also inspired by Cabaret and the beautiful over-the-knee stockings they’d wear in the 1920s.There were 60 costumes for Alicia. The process of really trying the costumes and teaching her how to wear the clothes was interesting. There’s a line in the film, “the shoes are so binding” and that’s really kind of Alicia. It was really cool to see the process of her becoming Cher in the fittings.