Whatever: The Representation of Women in Clueless

Wednesday 22nd February saw our first film night, hosted by Katie Godman and Stacey Richards from MA Fashion Cultures. We screened the 1990s classic ‘Clueless’. For some of the audience it was a good opportunity to reminisce about slumber parties past, while for others it was a first time viewing. The film met with a positive response and many laugh out loud moments!

The screening was followed by a panel discussion with Roberta Degnore and Sian Hunter. Roberta Degnore is a writer, lecturer, activist and film maker. Sian Hunter works in fashion marketing and is a MA Fashion Cultures graduate, whose masters’ project focused on teen movies. The questions posed focused on the use of costume and space in the film, in relation to the female characters. The film’s  feminist merits were discussed and the panelists agreed that the film was empowering as the characters embrace sexual freedoms, fashion and feminism as well as supporting other women. The costume of the film came up for discussion, since it started many trends and it was achieved on a relatively small budget. The film also predicted the way modern life would evolve with increasing use of mobile phones and apps.

Interesting points were also raised by the audience, including the representation of LGBT characters.

Our next film night will be on Thursday 27th April and we will be screening the James Bond film, Skyfall – quite a contrast! On the panel will be LCF’s own Pamela Church-Gibson, a reader in Cultural and Historical studies, as well as course leader for MA Fashion Cultures: Fashion and Film and editor for Film, Fashion and Consumption. Joining her will be Llewella Chapman, film historian and PhD candidate from University of East Anglia who is currently writing a book on Bond films and has previously had work published on fashion promotion in the franchise.

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