Winona Ryder, the Gap, and '90s Chokers on the Big Screen

The Hollywood Theatre's Fashion in Film series goes full Gen X with a one-time showing of Reality Bites.

By Eden Dawn April 7, 2016

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Image courtesy Universal Pictures.

Heading into its second year, the Hollywood Theatre's Fashion in Film series (curated by myself and fellow fashion writer Marjorie Skinner) brings another wardrobe influential cinematic masterpiece to the big screen for one night only.

Open any time capsule devoted to the early 1990s and, if the curator has done it right, a shining copy of Reality Bites awaits.

The rom-com-dram features Winona Ryder (as Lelaina Pierce) fired from her production job and attempting to find herself while juggling feelings for both the angsty musician Troy Dyer (Ethan Hawke at his hottest) and a yuppie faux MTV exec played by Ben Stiller. Joining along this Generation X ride is Janeane Garofalo as the disco-loving/GAP-employee roommate with some of the best lines (“Evian is naïve spelled backwards!”) and Steve Zahn who is struggling to come out to his parents. In addition to the fantastic clothes, smoke-filled scenes, references to Melrose Place, and slackerism at its best, the movie is also responsible for Lisa Loeb’s song “Stay.”

Relive the days of overalls, John Lennon glasses, and babydoll dresses while watching Hawke sing "I'm Nuthin" next Thursday at 7 p.m.

Fashion In Film: Reality Bites
7 p.m. Thursday, April 14
Hollywood Theatre

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