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Jul 1, 2012

by Gabriella Cetrulo

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Most people are affected by at least one fictional character at some point in their lives. As silly as it might seem, for me that character has been cheerleader and demon killer Buffy Summers of the TV series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Buffy was a strong and complex female character in a mass of one-dimensional leading ladies. She wasn’t some emotionally hardened warrior princess wearing a metal bikini. Sure, she was conventionally pretty and had more than her fair share of close-up shots, but she was also a girl who wanted to be accepted by her peers (and considering that most of her nights were spent in cemeteries battling the undead, fitting in wasn’t easy). Her wardrobe was an insight into her character. She dressed like an ordinary teenage girl, because that’s exactly who she wanted to be.

Since high school, I’ve realized that Buffy Summers is just one of the compelling female characters in the world of sci-fi — great women of action with wardrobes to match, whether she is a robot with implanted emotions or a warrant officer battling parasitic aliens.

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[Pictured: 1. Leather rucksack by HomesteadLeatherWrks; 2. 1980s Khaki button-down romper from NewmanHall; 3. Pure silk top by threelittleducksaust; 4. Brown leather belt by StepOriginals; 5. 1980s Avant garde cut out oxfords from jamesrowlandshop.]

In the 1979 film Alien, Officer Rigley transitions between a loose government-issued jumpsuit and a sporty white tank top, with little else. Her wardrobe is limited but effective in her pursuit to defeat alien intruders aboard her spacecraft.

[Pictured: 1. Faux leather thigh-high leggings by PeekoApparel; 2. Little Wing shrug by celapiu; 3. Rectangle cut out bather by MinnowBathers; 4. Medium black and silver hand-printed leather zig zag clutch by arcofla; 5. Gem ring of faceted ebony and sterling silver by arosha.]

In the campy ’60s flick Barbarella, Jane Fonda uses her physical appeal rather than her strength to save planet Earth. Throughout her journey, she wears a series of tight bodysuits, each new ensemble more revealing than the last. I wouldn’t exactly call Barbarella a feminist role model, but her daring wardobe of cut-out bodysuits is definitely worth replicating.

[Pictured: 1. The original draped Sad Sack dress from JoDemontis; 2. Black kangaroo leather envelope clutch by SomandTooby; 3. Art Deco Ronson Mastercase from ADelightfulFind; 4. Minimal chevron arrow necklace by portalsandprisms; 5. ’90s Avant Garde leather and pony hair heeled loafers from lousybeatnik.]

Rachael is a genetically engineered robot who believes herself to be human in the ’80s cult classic, Blade Runner. Though the story is set in the distant future (2019!), Rachael has been manufactured like a classic femme fatale of the past. She wears simple dark suits in bold silhouettes, reminiscent of Lauren Bacall during the 1940s.

[Pictured: 1. Large leather carry-all pouch by MirkaDesign;  2. Genuine leather cuff with gunmetal studs by CrescentMoonVintage; 3. Kólga Sheer Square Dress by Ovate; 4. Biker black leather fray necklace by AMzeager; 5. ’80s Bootalinos from bluebutterflyvintage.]

Pris is a rebellious robot who escapes to LA in an attempt to extend her own life span. Her bold attitude is reflected in her New Wave punk-inspired look, from her sheer black clothing to her platinum hair.

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3 Featured Comments

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons from TigersandDragons said 4 years ago Featured

    Number Six from Battlestar Galactica (Tricia Helfer) would of been a great addition to this article, her character (in all it's incarnations) had great style. Leeloo in the Fifth Element also had an interesting wardrobe, kind of Barbarella inspired. Many of the women in sci-fi movies are in uniforms, most of which are not that appealing, except maybe Seven of Nine from Star Trek Voyager whose skin tight bodysuit had built in heels! This article may appeal to other sci-fi fans: http://totalscifionline.com/features/3566-the-25-women-who-shook-sci-fi

  • everythingok

    everythingok from everythingok said 4 years ago Featured

    This fills me with happies. Ripley was so awesome. Alien's one of those films I find myself rewatching every couple of years, and it never get old. As for me, it should be fairly evident (at least if you've so much as given my shop a cursory glance *achem*) that my first, greatest nerd-love is Doctor Who - which, despite the number of vocal critics complaining of "screamer" companions, actually has an amazing history of brilliant, complex, compelling female characters. It can be a bit "of its time" on occasion, and I have my feminist qualms with some of the directions taken by both showrunners of the new series, but my admiration for the writing of characters like Barbara and Romana (and their respective wardrobes, admittedly) definitely outweighs anything else. In fact, I may or may not have just yesterday snapped up a striped cardigan because it was a dead ringer for the one worn by Sarah Jane in the Doctor Who serial "Planet Of The Spiders". I may or may not make a lot of my wardrobe choices based on similar assessments.

  • arwendesigns

    arwendesigns from arwendesigns said 4 years ago Featured

    Great idea for a post, I love finding sci-fi and fantasy movie inspired creations. Blade runner is one of my favorites, and I love Buffy! She always had great designer clothes, but I liked Drusilla's and Faith's wardrobe even better. I agree with Fifth Element and Firefly, some very creative costumes and accessories in those movies. And the Matrix coat, i always wanted a coat like Neo!

123 comments

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 4 years ago

    What a great post! Love the black fringe necklace :)

  • ErikaPrice

    Erika from ErikaPrice said 4 years ago

    Some really cool outfits here!

  • CafePrimrose

    Amanda Gynther from CafePrimrose said 4 years ago

    nice outfits! Very sci fi. I love sci fi. I have a thing for Starwars.... It's actually how i met my sweet nerd husband. Thanx for sharing this. It made me smile.

  • unassumingrose

    Vilia Rose said 4 years ago

    Aww. A sweet nerd husband who likes sci fi... Which shop on here sells those? I would look particularly fetching in the black transparent number, while I'm sashaying around my spaceship, or cleaning the kids rooms...

  • blueroompottery

    Marietta from blueroompottery said 4 years ago

    As soon as I saw the title I knew Barbarella had to be included! Nice outfits! Thanks for the fun article! :)

  • TheMillineryShop

    Marcia Lacher from TheMillineryShop said 4 years ago

    Oh, you did a very good job styling this, the fabulous clothes you picked are a wonderful match to the characters! Kudos!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery said 4 years ago

    Awesome picks I love Rachel from Blade Runner... 'do you like my... owl?'

  • CindyEllison

    Cindy Ellison from CindyEllison said 4 years ago

    Give me the sheer square dress of "Blade Runner". A great job on this!

  • EvesLittleEarthlings

    Eve Geisler from EvesLittleEarthlings said 4 years ago

    Love that bathing suit, fun article!

  • VogueVixens

    VogueVixens from VogueVixens said 4 years ago

    Just gorgeous picks, and a wonderful theme!

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons from TigersandDragons said 4 years ago Featured

    Number Six from Battlestar Galactica (Tricia Helfer) would of been a great addition to this article, her character (in all it's incarnations) had great style. Leeloo in the Fifth Element also had an interesting wardrobe, kind of Barbarella inspired. Many of the women in sci-fi movies are in uniforms, most of which are not that appealing, except maybe Seven of Nine from Star Trek Voyager whose skin tight bodysuit had built in heels! This article may appeal to other sci-fi fans: http://totalscifionline.com/features/3566-the-25-women-who-shook-sci-fi

  • muffintopdesigns

    cy and d from TheLovelySmith said 4 years ago

    just love this article! i myself am a huge fan of sigourney weaver's ripley and that drifty tank top would have been a perfect alternative for her!!!

  • PolClary

    PolClary from PolClary said 4 years ago

    Lovely. Though I'm missing all the wonderful ladies from Doctor Who!

  • PaperAltar

    PaperAltar from PaperAltar said 4 years ago

    fun !

  • lizhutnick

    Liz Hutnick from LizHutnick said 4 years ago

    Sci-fi nerd here! I'd add in Sarah Connor from The Terminator, Princess Leia from Star Wars, and Seven of Nine from Star Trek.

  • mirabellamorello

    mirabellamorello from mirabellamorello said 4 years ago

    I find it so funny that science-fiction portrayed life looking so much quirkier than we actually are. I guess we may have gotten a lot more boring along the way to the future! Very fun post!!!

  • dinafragola

    Nathalie from DinaFragola said 4 years ago

    Well, as another sci-fi geek, Rachael and Pris would NOT be wearing real leather as it is illegal in the Blade Runner universe ;)

  • jadedgoats

    Judy Wright from JudithGayleDesigns said 4 years ago

    Fun post...

  • ohgoodpuppy

    Megan from ohgoodpuppy said 4 years ago

    Amazing! I love all these characters and the outfits... the sheer dress especially!

  • LineaLina

    Susanne Major from LineaLina said 4 years ago

    Love your article. You really made me smile :-)) I remember Barbarella and her suits. I loved them as a girl!

  • thepapermoonstudio

    thepapermoonstudio from thepapermoonstudio said 4 years ago

    Great article and love the picks!

  • modelarose

    Jan Masterson from modelarose said 4 years ago

    Enjoyed your article!

  • stinnovation

    ST Innovation from stinnovation said 4 years ago

    Yum... who is beautiful model ? I love the model :) surely your creative very great and fascinating, not only sci-fi Women, or Sexy women, amazing women..... lol

  • worldvintage

    worldvintage from worldvintage said 4 years ago

    What a fun article! I'm a huge fan of sci fi--my fierce little kitty is even named Ripley.

  • KatiesWish

    Kathy Reeves from KatiesWish said 4 years ago

    Love this article...Would love to see part II - Trinity, Six, Leeloo, Seven of Nine, Buffy Now is the time I start planning my halloween costume...it takes time to collect all the accessories that make a good costume great.

  • fabgabs

    Julie Bergmans from FabGabs said 4 years ago

    Fantastic article, but I would point out that Rachel from Bladerunner was much more strongly 1940s than 1980s - these pieces barely evoke her classic look. Sorry for the dissenting opinion, but a tailored 40s suit would have been much better suited. Shoes, too

  • seiamicisandco

    Sally from seiamicisandco said 4 years ago

    So much fun! Thanks for a great feature.

  • JennasRedRhino

    Jennifer Schmidt from TheCatBall said 4 years ago

    I wonder what Guinan, the bartender from starship Enterprise, would be wearing these days?

  • bluebutterflyvintage

    Jenn from bluebutterflyvintage said 4 years ago

    Great article! Thanks for featuring my boots and I think that Art Deco Mastercase is pretty much amazing.

  • kathyjohnson3

    Kathy Johnson from kathyjohnson3 said 4 years ago

    I was always a star trek fan, when the new movie came out and the original Spock walked out (Leonard Nimoy) I actually teared up, it was such a moment! Love the article, thanks for sharing!

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 4 years ago

    Wonderful picks! Love the rectangle cutout bathing suit.

  • fantasiabridalveils

    kathy johnson from DIYBridalSupplies said 4 years ago

    Love the outfits, thanks for sharing!

  • Guttervamp13

    Guttervamp13 said 4 years ago

    Great post!!! I have tried to do the Rachel hairstyle with some success over the years(hahaha). I loved her noir style in the movie. Love the studded leather pouch in the Pris segment.

  • busybonniebee

    Bonnie Becker from busybonniebee said 4 years ago

    What a great post!

  • EmiliaFaith

    Edie Ann from OhHoneyHush said 4 years ago

    Very fun!

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle from ACupOfSparkle said 4 years ago

    Crazy cool, I think. Shoes are awesome!

  • wheatleypaperworks

    M Wheatley from wheatleypaperworks said 4 years ago

    Inspired styling. It was a real pleasure viewing this collection. A fun and quirky article too.

  • Shalotte

    Naomi from Shalotte said 4 years ago

    What, no Servalan!

  • flyinhog

    flyinhog from flyinhog said 4 years ago

    Love this post!! SHARING!!!! MRS

  • Parachute425

    Terry from Parachute425 said 4 years ago

    Great collections. Well done. Fun stuff.

  • juliart

    Julie Schneblin from juliart said 4 years ago

    Article is great. Needs the great Francesca Annis in Dune! Talk about fashion!

  • Eahkee

    Muriel McDonald from Eahkee said 4 years ago

    Just perfect! Well done!

  • AcrylicPixie

    AcrylicPixie from StitchingPixie said 4 years ago

    Yeah, where the British characters? Servalan may have been a baddie on "Blake's 7", but her one-shoulder gowns are back in style. Also, I'm a "Doctor Who" fan, so why not throw Romana or Ace a bone here?

  • niftyknits

    Nifty Leavers from niftyknits said 4 years ago

    I agree with tigersanddragons, 7of9 is a must!

  • auntjanecan

    Jane Priser from JanePriserArts said 4 years ago

    Oh, such fun! I love science fiction so much and this article is a great pleasure!

  • GoldenSpiralDesigns

    Lola Ocian from GoldenSpiralDesigns said 4 years ago

    I second part 2: Leeloo, Trinity, Quorra (wanna geek out on sic-fi?). Nice. Thanks for having an article where the ladies represent!

  • bookBW

    Benjamin Wieler from bookBW said 4 years ago

    You had me at Rachel / Sean Young! But as a book lover, I see Farenheit 451's Clarisse / Julie Christie! Terrific post!

  • IlluminatedPerfume

    Roxana from IlluminatedPerfume said 4 years ago

    LOVE this, so perfect with the San Diego Comic Con coming up! I adore SciFi as well as Fantasy genres. My latest fav is Game of Thrones with my fav female character being the Daenerys Targagaryen.

  • IlluminatedPerfume

    Roxana from IlluminatedPerfume said 4 years ago

    Oh, and like Lola...Trinity from the Matrix ix awesome!

  • marisajoy

    marisajoy from marisajoy said 4 years ago

    Awesome!! I wish Dana Scully was included though :)

  • Nikifashion

    Natalia from Nikifashion said 4 years ago

    Awesome post!

  • customheirloomart1

    Custom HeirloomArt from customheirloomart1 said 4 years ago

    Love the shoes!

  • ShoeClipsOnly

    kathy johnson from ShoeClipsOnly said 4 years ago

    Cool outfits! thanks for sharing!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 4 years ago

    Extra special!

  • exhammer

    Sandy Tepper from StepOriginals said 4 years ago

    Wow ! A great article about strong women. I am honored to have my belt included.

  • sonyarasi

    Sonya Rasi from sonyarasi said 4 years ago

    Great collection!

  • gypsumrose

    Levi Emerson from gypsumrose said 4 years ago

    i love this :D

  • vinproelegance

    Vinpro Elegance from vinproelegance said 4 years ago

    Great collection.

  • imogenskyefreeman

    Imogen Skye Freeman from InkPaintings said 4 years ago

    My man is more a fan of sci-fi than me; he was just on here the other night looking for vam bracers. I didn't even know what they were until then! But I sometimes *feel* like a sci-fi character... more long the lines of the Dragon Queen in Game of Thrones, though. My man just told me that Game of Thrones is fantasy, which is a sub-genre of Sci-fi, so it still counts. ;) Lol. See? Definitely his thing... :)

  • LisaPenz

    Lisa Penz from LisaPenz said 4 years ago

    A wonderfully, creative blog post! It is in-fact, fictional characters that have influenced my entire career through my artwork. - www.lisapenz.com

  • lapinPetite

    lapinPetite from lapinPetite said 4 years ago

    Just AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!§I love these movies and its really well done!

  • coutureparfait

    Ruthanne Eldridge from CoutureParfait said 4 years ago

    How wonderful you find the items here and produce by fellow artist/crafters.

  • SassySashadoxie

    SassySashadoxie from SassySashadoxie said 4 years ago

    I love sci-fi myself. I prefer more of the classic science fiction verses the fantasy elements of dragons, fairies, and such. I too am a bit of a trekie, but am currently reading the hunger games trilogy. I somewhat like tha main female character in that series. She can kick butt, but still be an emotional wreck when needing to be. Great feature article here.

  • attractiveglam

    Daisey from attractiveglam said 4 years ago

    great post, love the style!!!!

  • everythingok

    everythingok from everythingok said 4 years ago Featured

    This fills me with happies. Ripley was so awesome. Alien's one of those films I find myself rewatching every couple of years, and it never get old. As for me, it should be fairly evident (at least if you've so much as given my shop a cursory glance *achem*) that my first, greatest nerd-love is Doctor Who - which, despite the number of vocal critics complaining of "screamer" companions, actually has an amazing history of brilliant, complex, compelling female characters. It can be a bit "of its time" on occasion, and I have my feminist qualms with some of the directions taken by both showrunners of the new series, but my admiration for the writing of characters like Barbara and Romana (and their respective wardrobes, admittedly) definitely outweighs anything else. In fact, I may or may not have just yesterday snapped up a striped cardigan because it was a dead ringer for the one worn by Sarah Jane in the Doctor Who serial "Planet Of The Spiders". I may or may not make a lot of my wardrobe choices based on similar assessments.

  • NorthWoodworks

    Jane Anne from NorthWoodworks said 4 years ago

    What a fun post. And to throw my favorite out there - I am a fan of Zoe from Fire Fly. The dress she wore at the end of the movie Serenity was gorgeous.

  • onlineleila

    That Leila Girl from onlineleila said 4 years ago

    The most compelling female character in classic science fiction for me was my Aunt Cathy who was the first woman I saw who had accomplished something in the world and took to gaining a degree in English LIt at USC late in her life. She ended up teaching there, all of this after an earlier life as a successful writer who broke into the biz using her own initials as C.L. Moore. There were no truly successful women in the industry at the time and during this era few publishers would seriously pursue publishing women in so narrow a marketplace. Her European readers touted her as a fantasy writer while here, this early Nantucket yankee gal, continued to write and be published when she received a mash letter from a fan, Henry Kuttner, himself an author. Long story short...she finally revealed that she was a women after several coast to coast letters between them. She, an old maid by her WASPy standards, met him on the West Coast and they fell deeply in love and went on to co-write books together. As I recall, she was involved in writing nearly two dozen books published in a dozen languages. It was a match made in heaven until Henry unexpectedly died and she in her grief, married my much hounger uncle. My lovely Aunt Cathy, though she had no children of her own and I believe only a nephew on her side, adored being a step-mother to her new weekend charges. I was so fortunate to know her during this time and gladly accepted the responsibility of overseeing her caretaking when she was late in her life confined to a convalescent home because of her newly diagnosed Altzheimers. Despite the ravages of this horrible affliction, she remained the sweet natured, remarkable woman who stood strong then and now as a woman who proved to me the value of striving every day to be a good, kind person: to let one's intellect to serve well and never to give up on one's dreams. Thank you Aunt Cathy. You were the only one who recognized that I could break free from the old world constraints and become one's own person. I look foward to seeing you on the otherside dear lady. You are still making a difference for many of us. Onward to the future!

  • shaylatansey

    Shayla Tansey from VividEarthArtwork said 4 years ago

    Great idea! The Alien movies are my fav!

  • pinkpurr

    Kathrine from pinkpurr said 4 years ago

    Life can be plain... being inspired by a fictional character can be healthy and downright fun! So go to it girls... keep a Wonder Woman tiara and cuffs on your office desk to lift your daily spirits! WonderWoman all the way for me ;-D

  • pinkpurr

    Kathrine from pinkpurr said 4 years ago

    Life can be plain... being inspired by a fictional character is healthy and downright fun! So keep that tiara and cuffs handy on your office desk to take the dreary out of your daily office grind... It's Wonder Woman all the way for me! ;-D

  • RunicCouture

    Kaylan Roberts from RunicCouture said 4 years ago

    LOVE this post!! I'll take the Barbarella Capelet, it's beautiful! Sci-fi is my favorite genre, especially Robert Heinlein. This post reminds me of an assignment I had in college, where we were asked to design a runway collection based off a favorite movie. All my classmates came back to class with inspiration from Pretty in Pink, Gone with the Wind, ect, while I came back with a collection inspired from the first Men in Black movie, lol.

  • eclectivist

    Kasia from Eclectivist said 4 years ago

    Ooooo la la, me like!

  • TeepetalsDesigns

    Tee from TeepetalsDesigns said 4 years ago

    Loving this article!!

  • ziggyiner

    ziggyiner said 4 years ago

    How about River Tam, Inara, Zoe or Kaylee from Firefly? Each had their own style, and Firefly is becoming a classic. Just saying :)

  • bedouin

    Nicole from bedouin said 4 years ago

    Fun article love all the studs in leather ~ Straddling the interstate, the 1958 Attack of the 50 foot woman made me laugh though fashion wasn't the crushing factor !!

  • TheBeautyofBoredom

    Gracie from TheBeautyofBoredom said 4 years ago

    Interesting outfits, despite me kinda hating most sci-fi.

  • kittensmiaow

    Ro from cat2owl said 4 years ago

    Awesome :)

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry from pinksnakejewelry said 4 years ago

    Fantastic Post!!!! Love it All!!!

  • RinnovatoVintage

    M. Basile from RinnovatoVintage said 4 years ago

    Ooh! Awesome topic...so glad to see this being that I a Sci-Fi fanatic myself!! I agree...would have been even MORE awesome with the addition of a few more great female characters, but Blade Runner and Fifth Element are 2 of my faves. And how about Total Recall...the females in that kicked a$$!? I am not one to ever knock black, as it is my favorite color/non-color, but women like LeeLoo and Pris sported some bright pops of color too! : ) More, more....we need a part 2! : )

  • krispix

    krispix from krispix said 4 years ago

    Fun post! I liked seeing other people's ideas, too. Leeloo is definitely my favorite! There's also Faye Valentine from Cowboy Bebop. Not one of my personal faves, but she still fits the bill.

  • sundaybluesvintage

    Andrea Williams from sundaybluesvintage said 4 years ago

    thanks for this post! i want to be rachael from blade runner EVERY halloween but something always changes the costume route. maybe this year... andrea

  • magpae

    magpae said 4 years ago

    Gozer or Janine Melnitz from Ghostbusters. Aeryn Sun from Farscape. Virginia Hey's unnamed character in Road Warrior. Savannah or Aunty Entity in Beyond Thunderdome.

  • yenlau

    Y L from Oddyssey said 4 years ago

    Love this post FW.... Sci Fi crazy

  • demonkitty101

    Sally Kelland from demonkitty101 said 4 years ago

    Great post.I have some women to add.As far as totally together women with great wardrobes in sci-fi,you have to see Firefly.The 'companion' Inara has the most incredible clothes.Also,has anyone seen 'Lexx' ? That is one crazy whacked out show,the main females were made into sex slaves' with appropriate wardrobes,but escaped and kicked male butt all over the universe,while wearing great outfits!! I also agree that Trinity,7of nine,Aeryn Sun and a whole host of Doctor Who ladies (nothing better for pinning down the look of a particular era ) deserve to be included.Finally,Ripley and Buffy are still the best-but what about Faith-hers was a kick ass wardrobe!!!!

  • jetta916

    Jetta said 4 years ago

    Great post and love all the items. I have to say I love Racheal from Blade Runner!

  • lizmandel

    lizmandel said 4 years ago

    I just want to point out that three out these four famous characters are from movies directed by Ridley Scott. He really used to have a great eye and a knack for creating memorable female characters. Thelma and Louise, anyone? But lately, not so much. Maybe you should do a post about famous female characters in old Ridley Scott movies!

  • HulaGirl1922

    Margarita from HulaGirl1922 said 4 years ago

    NICE! way cool article Gabriella!... now lets get more "old school" we can go back to Amazon Women on the Moon, the original Star Trek vixens, and how about the gals that were "Lost in Space"... back in the day, costume designers had to really use their imaginations because of censorship... except for Barbarella... :) but nowadays sadly the "less is more" attitude really leaves less to the imagination... I really dig the original Sad Sack dress... quite unique... in fact I have something similar in my shop... why not be different from the rest? Thanks again for a great read! ♥

  • arwendesigns

    arwendesigns from arwendesigns said 4 years ago Featured

    Great idea for a post, I love finding sci-fi and fantasy movie inspired creations. Blade runner is one of my favorites, and I love Buffy! She always had great designer clothes, but I liked Drusilla's and Faith's wardrobe even better. I agree with Fifth Element and Firefly, some very creative costumes and accessories in those movies. And the Matrix coat, i always wanted a coat like Neo!

  • imogenskyefreeman

    Imogen Skye Freeman from InkPaintings said 4 years ago

    Oooo, I forgot about those amazing ladies! I'd love to see collections based on Inara from Firefly especially. I loved her flowing style. :) And her non-apologetic expression of femininity.

  • peshka

    Peshka from Peshka said 4 years ago

    Great picks!!! Love it!

  • solsolisdea

    solsolisdea said 4 years ago

    Nice concept for the article, now I appreciate you like your Buffy, but the series was never Science Fiction. (Yes, I did watch it). It was always fantasy.

  • PoshBinky

    Jennifer from PoshBinky said 4 years ago

    I love watching the old science fiction movies and seeing their unique outfits. Great post! Love the Barbarella items!

  • Jacey84

    Jacqueleine Marushia-Laurain from VintagebyJacey said 4 years ago

    Love your post :) Rachel from Blade Runner has always been a fav of mine and I think you captured her well... perhaps you should do another article like this for Bombshells. Who hasn't walked into a room imagining herself to be Marilyn Monroe or Greta Garbo?

  • moonula

    moonula from MoonulaVintage said 4 years ago

    Ripley's basic, stripped-down style was so gritty and real after all the fantastic costumes of her sci-fi predecessors. I still can't believe Alien was made in '79, it was way ahead of its time. And, I have to give a nod to the Ben Gesserit priestesses in the 1984 Dune movie and the 2000 miniseries......

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 4 years ago

    Love this post! :)

  • HeartOfArtDolls

    Trish W. from HeartOfArtDolls said 4 years ago

    Cute stuff! I love this story too :-)

  • ariress

    Ari Ress from IslanderPhotography said 4 years ago

    There are shoe's on this page that I will have to keep off my girlfriend's radar :) Seriously though, as a sci-fi fan I loved this post. the clothes are great and bring back many a good memory to boot!

  • ChromoKinetic

    Erin from ChromoKinetic said 4 years ago

    Rather sad that there are no Firefly ladies included! Zoe, Inara, Kaylee and River all have such distinct styles that fall into interesting sci-fi archetypes.

  • mfrawley

    Mary Frawley (Calligraphette Ltd) from Calligraphette said 4 years ago

    Love this post! It's gotta be Lara Croft in Tomb Raider for me. xx

  • CoopyCoop

    Elle Santos from ElleSantos said 4 years ago

    Love both Blade Runner looks ;) Great post! Kiss kiss

  • girlindustries

    Katy from girlindustries said 4 years ago

    Can this be the first in a series? Some great ideas for characters to style from the comments above. Ace from Doctor Who was my favourite as a little girl - the bomber jackets and sew on patches and all, now I love Jean Grey's style. I wish I could get away with her hair colour in real life!

  • arosha

    Arosha Luigi Taglia from arosha said 4 years ago

    Thanks for this fun post, and for choosing my ring for the legendary Jane Fonda in Barbarella. Great write-up! Grazie!

  • tomsgrossmami

    Tom's Grossmami from tomsgrossmami said 4 years ago

    fun post :)

  • darioushka

    Ayelet Cohen-guzik from darioushka said 4 years ago

    Love your post!

  • NaturalGorgeous

    NaturalGorgeous from NaturalGorgeous said 4 years ago

    Fantastic job - the best of these I've seen! You put together a really cool collection, love your choices.

  • HoodVintageandWool

    Elisabeth Ryan from hoodwool said 4 years ago

    great post. there are so many wonderful female sci fi characters and interesting costumes. it's my favorite genre. love the grey "little wing" cape!

  • demonkitty101

    Sally Kelland from demonkitty101 said 4 years ago

    Why,oh why, was Firefly cancelled ?!!!!

  • windycitynovelties

    Windy City Novelties said 4 years ago

    Great picks! Very strong female roles!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mr. Sal Phan, Bichon Frise from Mclovebuddy said 4 years ago

    i found and gave myself a tour of the building where a lot of blade runner was set - a metropolis-inspired art deco gothic industrial w/ a lot of black iron. it's amazing. you matched the looks quite well.

  • EnterpriseAmericana

    Enterprise Americana from EnterpriseAmericana said 4 years ago

    You had me at Rachael. The style of Blade Runner still holds up 30 years later.

  • cutezyclips

    Cutezy Clips from CutezyClips said 4 years ago

    FABULOUS OUTFITS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! bet ya that you could find matching hair accessories in my shop, might be a little juvenile though, haha :)

  • Pastecchi

    Pastecchi from TheAmazonBazaar said 4 years ago

    LOVE THIS POST!! Buffy Summers was the beginning of a new kind of Heroine. I loved watching the series as I grew up, her smart ass comments were so good! Finally, a chick that was just as bad ass as the men. Buffy had great one liners and a kick ass wardrobe. Loved Ripley as well. No nonsense, strong, tough woman who didn't need skimpy spacesuits to grab your attention. I don’t think I would classify Buffy as a sci fi hero; vampires are fantasy, no? Please make a fantasy list, pretty, pretty pleeeease?

  • wonderfulrubbish

    wonderfulrubbish from wonderfulrubbish said 4 years ago

    My vote goes to Leeloo from the Fifth Element, who inspired me to dye my hair fluorescent colors and take karate lessons when I was a kid. :) The hair actually didn't turn out as atrocious as it may sound...

  • noemiah

    Noémie Vaillancourt from noemiah said 4 years ago

    An inspiring selection !!

  • TheJewelryGirlsPlace

    Kara Kirkpatrick from TheJewelryGirlsPlace said 4 years ago

    Love it! Rachael is my all time favorite sci-fi girl!

  • TwoTickets

    amanda schwartz from TwoTickets said 4 years ago

    How about River from Serenity?? She has amazing style!

  • kapelusznik

    Alicja from kapelusznik said 4 years ago

    really nice one :D

  • xZOUix

    Zoui from XZOUIX said 4 years ago

    great inspiration! :) thanks <3

  • StarTribe

    Penelope Neil from StarTribe said 4 years ago

    All this stuff looks like it's worn by the same character! I can't see any Barbarella in that outfit at all. No go-go boots, no gold... This seems to be a guide to getting the all-black look. I can see why many of the great characters mentioned above weren't included (though no one mentioned perhaps the best female sci-fi role model of all- Leia Organa!) it's because they don't wear black. Boring Etsy, boring.

  • leeannasjewerybox

    Leeanna from LeeannasJewelryBox said 3 years ago

    You picked three amazing leading ladies. I love all of those characters. That's what made this article so easy to read. Great way to capture a readers heart.

  • Stargazer02

    Stargazer02 from LDesigns02 said 3 years ago

    Awesome! Ripley is my all time fave!

  • Zalavintage

    Zane Saracene from Zalavintage said 3 years ago

    I never realized my 80s wardrobe was so connected to movie characters, I'll have to rent them this weekend and see what I missed when they came out.

  • DeathByEnnui

    DeathByEnnui from DeathByEnnui said 3 years ago

    Where can I get that art featured at the top, would love a print or something of it!

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