High School Evil: the Costuming of Jennifer Check in 'Jennifer's Body'

Costume designers always take thought into what characters wear, and how their outfits can reflect their inner turmoil, or the plot overall. This is the case for Jennifer Check, who doesn't just wear the most 00s of 00s outfits. The use of childish clothing — with some pieces literally being from children's stores — and a sexualised nature to her outfits amalgamate to make Jennifer unthreatening to her victims, an intentional choice by costume designer Katia Stano.

Addison Rae for Praying, the 2018 Met Gala, and the Kravis Wedding: Christianity in Fashion

The fashion brand Praying has found itself in unholy waters due to its collaboration with Addison Rae. The TikTok star wore their Holy Trinity bikini, an item that has been famous amongst fashion girls for the past year — however, in Addison Rae wearing it, a new audience has discovered. An audience that finds the bikini irreparably offensive. Here, we take a look at Christianity in fashion, and whether Praying's blasphemous bikini is a step too far.

What is an 'It Girl', and Why Are We So Obsessed with Them?

The ‘It Girl’ — as powerful as it is elusive, the title ‘It Girl’ has transformed into a blanket term for aesthetics. The term ‘It Girl’ dates back to the early twentieth century, when the model Evelyn Nesbit first gained the title. Traditionally, the term meant a beautiful young woman, often of suitable wealth, and of always suitable fame. But now, 'It Girl' has become a blanket term for different fashion aesthetics.

It Girl Glossary: How to Dress Like the Final Girl

It was 1992 when the term ‘final girl’ was born, referring to the trope in horror films, particularly slasher, where one girl overcomes the killer and survives. Aside from all of this, the final girl falls into its own ‘It Girl’ aesthetic. The Final Girl, as Clover explains, is ‘boyish.’ Her plans — either babysitting or partying, there’s no in-between — are hijacked by the killer, her outfit slowly becoming covered in blood. By the end of the film, her prom dress, flannels, or sweats are stained red. But how can we recreate this aesthetic?

‘That Girl’, ‘Clean Girl’, and Toxic Self-Care: Has Self-Care Become Too Much?

Ever since 2020, when the words ‘pandemic’ and ‘lockdown’ became everyday vocabulary, self-care has been everywhere. During months stuck inside, we were told the importance of looking after ourselves; self-care TikTok videos saw users practicing skincare routines like Cassie on Euphoria, as a soundbite of Emma Chamberlain’s podcast played in the background. But is there such a thing as too much self-care?

Gilded Glamour at the 2022 Met Gala

‘What’s interesting about fashion is interpretation’ said Sarah Jessica Parker at the 2022 Met Gala. This year’s Met was a ‘part two’ to last year’s, both celebrating the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s ‘In America: An Anthology of Fashion’ exhibition. Whilst last year’s theme was ‘America,’ the 2022 theme was ‘Gilded Glamour.’ Celebrities like Blake Lively and Bella Hadid came donned in various designers; whilst some looks fit the theme perfectly, others not so much.

Pretty in Punk: the 00s Punk Style of Olivia Rodrigo

It’s undeniable that Olivia Rodrigo is pop music’s newest it girl — ever since the release of Driver’s License, Rodrigo has been erupting across streaming platforms. An important part of her popularity is her relatability. She aligns herself with the average teenage girl, and her songs are purposely vague so that most listeners can find relatability within the words. Alongside this, Rodrigo’s aesthetic is undoubtedly inspired by 00s pop punk.

House of Gaga: The iconic costuming of Lady Gaga’s Patrizia Gucci

(This article was nominated for Liberty Belle Magazine's 'Fashion Article of the Year' Award.) After months of anticipation, Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci was released on 26th November. Detailing the fluctuating rise and fall of the Gucci dynasty, the film reveals the years of family conflict leading up to the assassination of Maurizio Gucci in 1995. The film takes most of its perspective from Lady Gaga’s character, who is Maurizio’s ex-wife Patrizia; and, of course, the film’s costuming does not disappoint.
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