On Monday, the Costume Institute’s unveiling of “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” will discover the church’s affect on vogue, with a dizzying, 150-plus-piece show, working the gamut from vintage garb on mortgage from the Sistine Chapel to choices from the latest Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda assortment. However within the spirit of the Met Gala’s unpacking the ecclesiastical, it is also value analyzing the church’s street-level influence, notably because the catalyst behind the ever-polarizing Catholic college uniform, with its white button-down shirts, pleated mini-skirts, and compulsory Mary Janes. Usually bemoaned by its wearers as a hindrance on self-expression, it has, in lots of circumstances, impressed people who have been at its mercy to get inventive. (Simply ask these Vogue editors). The truth is, for a lot of, the mandate has served as an impetus to do the entire speaking above-the-neck, a phenomenon that has been captured many instances over on display screen, with Hollywood’s omnipresent rebellious Catholic college woman trope.
Take Merciless Intentions, for instance. Within the movie, Annette Hargrove (Reese Witherspoon), could look harmless together with her swoopy, shiny, shoulder-skimming hair. However give her a newfound urge for food for vengeance, to not point out a 1956 Jaguar XK 140 Roadster, and all of a sudden she’s a bona fide badass, her mane matted and mussed to liberated impact. An analogous defiant perspective was brimming beneath a brilliant blonde veneer in The Virgin Suicides, with The Lisbon Sisters’ polished, pin-straight lengths indicative of their free—but finally tortured—spirits. After which there have been those that took a extra dramatic method to going towards the grain, like Nancy Downs (Fairuza Balk) in The Craft, embracing a decidedly gothic look with a pale complexion, kohl-rimmed eyes, and blood-red lipstick, or, Woman Chicken’s Christine McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) together with her box-dyed, muted magenta hair. However then, above all else, some simply wished to get their kicks, like Ladies Simply Need to Have Enjoyable’s Janey Glenn (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Lynne Stone (Helen Hunt), who did not let their Catholic highschool’s costume code rain on their more-is-more ’80s hair parade.
Right here, a glance again at seven Catholic college ladies who got here of age on display screen—and let their teenage angst manifest of their magnificence whereas they have been at it.
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