Costume designer Mona May made an indelible mark on the movies of the ’90s: You’ve seen her designs in “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion,” “Never Been Kissed” and “The Wedding Singer,” but her “Clueless” outfits, especially the looks created for Alicia Silverstone’s Cher, are by far the most iconic.
Who can forget Cher’s exchange about her dress with the mugger who tells her to get on the ground: “It’s an Alaïa.” Mugger: “An a-whatta?” Cher: “An Alaïa. It’s like a totally important designer.”
Here, in honor of the film’s 25th anniversary (it opened July 19, 1995), May shares some of her favorite looks with The Post: “I took runway clothes and transformed them through the eye of the high school girl,” she says.
Cher’s first-day-of-school outfit
Amy [Heckerling, the director] loved a school uniform. So how do you transform it to high fashion? This Dolce & Gabbana was a perfect first day of school outfit. In the quad, there’s a lot of people, a lot of greenery, how are we going to pop Cher out? Yellow is like sunshine, like, oh, my God, she’s the sunshine of the school. And when Alicia put it on, that was it, that was the one.