90s fashion: Christina Ricci’s gothic y2k style in iconic outfits


Over the course of a 30-year career, Christina Ricci has established herself as the queen of cool but spooky film roles and iconic vampire alternate modes. Start in a series of SNL skits, the California native made her big screen debut soon after in the 1990 film Mermaids, alongside Cher and Winona Ryder. It’s fitting that Christina and Winona would start their careers together, given that they would both continue to play haunted kids and stage thieves, wearing clothes that would inspire the alt and punk styles of the ’90s and 2000s. It was around the year 2000 that Christina’s career really took off, with cult classics such as the sexually fluid romantic comedy The Opposite Of Sex (1998) and independent crime drama. Ox ’66 (1998) as well as dark big-budget images like Tim Burton’s Sleeping hollow (1999) and the body horror of Wes Craven Damn (2003).

During this time, her fashion also evolved from dark sets and pale makeup to risky 2000s trends and eye-catching eye shadows. His style credentials have also led to numerous fashion ads and magazine covers – including iD in 2002 – as well as scrolling for Louis Vuitton and, more recently, Batsheva. As she now stars in the fourth sequel to 1999’s insanely fashionable sci-fi epic The matrix, we take a look back at some of Christina Ricci’s most iconic outfits.

Still from The Addams Family (1991)

In The Addams Family, 1991

It’s the look that launched a thousand Halloween costumes, fashion shows and, for some, an entire aesthetic category. When Christina, 10, signed on to play the emotionless, sadistic teenager Wednesday Addams in black supernatural comedy The Addams FamilyNot only did the role rocket her to childhood stardom, but she’s also become the muse of everyone from Miuccia Prada to Simone Rocha. The black, white-collar dress and long braids sported by Wednesday as she conducts her deadly science experiments and plays with a guillotine, have become an iconic symbol of Puritan-inspired and witch-inspired alternative fashion beloved by goth teens. of the whole world.

Christina Ricci wearing black mini dress and black cardigan at Vanity Fair Oscar Party in 1999

Christina Ricci attends the Vanity Fair Oscar party on March 21, 1999 in Los Angeles, California. The party, hosted by Vanity Fair magazine, takes place at Morton’s Restaurant and is considered one of the most important venues for celebrities after the awards show. (Photo by Barry King / Liaison)

At the Vanity Fair Oscar party, 1999

By the late ’90s, Christina had moved from creepy, creepy family films of her past to darker, sexier, and more transgressive roles. Queer-coded Little Red Riding Hood being in a threesome with Elijah Wood and Adam Hann-Byrd (this is The ice storm (1997) FYR) and party with Courtney Love in their chaotic New Years comedy 200 cigarettes. At the 71st Academy Awards in 1999, featuring Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston on stage to perform their Oscar-winning hit of The prince of Egypt, “When You Believe,” Christina wore a silver sequined dress with loose straps that kept sliding off her shoulders, before later turning into a more fun number for the Vanity Fair after the party. The matte LBD leather she wore for her nightgown was embellished with a branched frosted pattern that looked like stitches and gave the garment an almost Frankenstein-esque appearance. Paired with a diamond necklace, sheer cardigan, and strappy heels, this was the perfect look for an enviable vampy wardrobe.

Christina Ricci wears a blue, jeweled dress at the 1999 Met Gala

Christina Ricci at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, New York (Photo by Kevin Mazur / WireImage)

At the MET gala, 1999

You’re not a verified fashion icon until you’ve been invited to the MET Gala, of course, and it was in 1999 that Christina attended her first of the illustrious annual dress-up parties. Hosted by Tommy Hilfiger and Aerin Lauder of the Estée Lauder Dynasty, the theme of the year was “Rock Style” and celebrated the last 50 years of rock ‘n’ Roll in fashion. Obviously, then, Christina would be invited; an actress whose personal style was quickly becoming adored by the American punk and alt scenes. Back then, the “Party of the Year” theme was not taken as literally as it is today and the looks were more focused on glamor and rhinestones than on stunning works of art and designs. shocking moments on Instagram. That’s not to say we weren’t served with iconic looks yet! And that same night Donatella debuted the tropical green Versace dress a year before when J-Lo would, Christina Ricci showed up wearing an ethereal spaghetti strap dress in ocean blue, finished with fringes along the hems and diamond streaks through every inch. We can just imagine her twinkling under the lights as she partied the night away with other stylish ’90s names like Stella McCartney, Liv Tyler, Lil Kim and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Christina Ricci on the cover of iD's The Cruise Issue in 2002

iD No. 226 The Cruise Issue, December 2002. Christina Ricci photographed by Carter Smith

On the cover of iD, 2002

“As I got older, I realized I wasn’t that cranky misanthropist anymore,” Ricci said in his cover interview for iD’s The Cruise Issue in 2002. “I was like this a few years ago, but I’m not. like that now. Nobody wants their 17-year-old self-image to stay with them for life. It’s no fun. As she talked about dropping her old style Couture and his reputation as a wild child while forming his own production company, Blaspheme, a Carter Smith photoshoot reflected the 22-year-old star’s new direction. shiny pink lips, grandma’s pearls around her neck and light, loose clothing, it was a very different picture than the pissed-off “princess of darkness” we used to see. say that the old Christina was completely gone. “I like to make characters that audiences are supposed to detain. ester, “she added. “I think the people who are the biggest assholes are usually protecting something special.” Ironically, these are the characters we seem to love the most.

Christina Ricci in blue jeans and black cardigan top at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival

Christina Ricci during Cannes 2002 – Christina Ricci opens the American Pavilion at the American Pavilion in Cannes, France. (Photo by Toni Anne Barson Archive / WireImage)

At the Cannes Film Festival, 2002

Christina couldn’t have chosen an older look to open the American pavilion at the 55th Cannes Film Festival. with the touch of fuschia on her lips and a matching pearl necklace and bracelet, the cut could have come straight out of a Bratz doll. It was the epitome of an it-girl look in the early 2000s, which of course was very fitting. The new horror written by Anthony Horrowitz from Christina, The meeting, about an American with amnesia who suspects that something malicious wants the death of the British family she lives with, premiered at the prestigious showcase. While the film itself may not have been well received, Christina’s outfit is a critical success in our eyes.

Christina Ricci at the Louis Vuitton SS05 show wearing a look from the collection in 2004.

American actress Christina Ricci attends the Louis Vuitton Spring / Summer 2005 ready-to-wear collection, by designer Marc Jacobs, during Paris Fashion Week. (Photo by Stéphane Cardinale / Corbis via Getty Images)

For the Louis Vuitton SS05 ready-to-wear show, 2004

After modeling the Louis Vuitton FW04 collection in a series of stunning, sensual ads, Christina walked the runway at Paris Fashion Week in the French house’s ready-to-wear offerings for Spring / Summer 2005. The creative director of the he era, Marc Jacobs, was inspired by the circus. of 1940s America, and Christina opened the show in a kitschy puff-sleeve fitted black shirt with a sequin-embellished peplum skirt and matching hair bow. A searchlight and camera flash followed her as she walked down a dimly lit catwalk, while spinning LED hoops hung from the ceiling as though they were holding an invisible acrobat and ominous violins played to create an atmosphere of panic in the background. The other models then continued the marquee theme with clown button blouses, Peter Pan collars, and faux flower necklaces that seemed to squirt water at you if you got too close.

Christina Ricci's back as she looks at the camera in a Versace dress at the Whitney Museum Art Gala in 2008

Actress Christina Ricci attends the 2008 Whitney Museum of American Art gala at the Whitney Museum of American Art on October 20, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris / WireImage)

At the Whitney Museum Art Gala, 2008

In 2008, Christina hosted the Whitney Museum of American Art Gala and Studio Party in New York City alongside the star behind everyone’s favorite chaotic evil. Gossip Girl character – the one and only Leighton Meester. As three personalized Donatella Versace jewels were up for auction during the evening, Christina opted for a tone-on-tone gray silk dress from the Italian designer’s fall 2008 collection, with Gothic embroidery reminiscent of her original style on the back. bodice. But it was the back that really got everyone talking. Proving that the early-to-mid-2000s trend of bold, low-cut cuts was definitely not over, the backless dress plunged just above Christina’s butt, framing the bouquet of sweet pea flowers she’s wearing. tattooed on the lower back and the lion on his right shoulder blade. Yes, this is a reference to his favorite book by author CS Lewis. While hanging out with today’s A-listers, the look perfectly assumed the fashion reputation Christina had gained: a little edgy, a little shocking, but still, always about.

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