Artwork Nour Algharabally. Images: Getty. REX. Instagram/SherihanOfficial.

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Retro Fabulous

Strong personalities the fashion industry still loves to fangirl over. In the spirit of the most extra time of the year, we’re taking a look back film and TV’s endearingly extravagant characters and how their style stays relevant today…

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Ziegfield Girl (1941)

Channel silver screen star with brains and beauty, Hedy Lamarr, as singer Sandra Kolter during her demure moments. Crisp white shirting and sparkling embellishment should do it. Classic.

REX.

Mermaids (1990)

Enchanting and complex are two words to describe Cher’s portrayal of Mrs. Flax, only impacted by one super creative wardrobe – a lesson in ‘I don’t care what you think’ confidence.

REX.

Death Becomes Her (1992)

Perhaps the most fabulously camp film to ever appear in the nineties, Meryl Streep as fading but tough-as-nails actress Madeline is all marabou feather, velour and forever-relevant silk tailoring.

Madeline Ashton

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SHERIHAN (c.1980)

Eqyptian singer, actress, and classically trained dancer Sherihan was pushing show-stopping sartorial boundaries long before Lady Gaga. The style mantra? More is more, and more…

REX.

My Fair Lady (1964)

Is there any one character to epitomise the serious fashion upgrade like Audrey Hepburn’s Eliza? Her Cecil Beaton designed costume nails attention-grabbing glamour, zero skin on show.

Eliza Doolittle

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DYNASTY (c.1980)

Think 80’s style, think Alexis Colby (Carrington). The ultimate power wardrobe from cocktail partywear to court-ready suits, Joan Collins’ catfighting queen was a style icon to adore.

Getty.

SATC (1998-2008)

Game-changing looks and putting tutus on the map via Times Square, is any extravagant fashion round up complete without Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw? The answer is no.

Carrie Bradshaw


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