'Clueless' Actress Alicia Silverstone Says Her Character's Iconic Yellow Plaid Outfit 'Almost Didn’t Happen'

August 30, 2020

If you’re a fan of the classic movie “Clueless,” you may recognize Cher Horowitz’s notable yellow plaid set.

Since the 1995 classic, the famous yellow skirt suit has inspired many Halloween costumes since the comedy was released.

Alicia Silverstone sat down with Vogue to discuss the story behind her iconic look for the movie. The actress revealed that the outfit almost didn’t happen.

“‘Clueless’ almost didn’t happen because the studio thought no one was going to see it because it was about a young girl,” Silverstone said.

Silverstone shared that there were three options for the opening scene outfit which included a red version, a blue version, and the famous yellow version.

Amy Heckerling, the director, along with costume designer Mona May made the final decision to go with the yellow option because “they felt that it was most appropriate for the scene.”

The “Clueless” actress said the outfit had a grunge edge because it was still yellow and black plaid, but she said putting it on a little girl made it very unique.

Silverstone has no idea where the original outfit is, but she said, “It has a life of its own.” She added that people across the world see it every year on the runway.

In honor of “Clueless” celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, a pop-up cafe celebrating the teen classic opened its doors in at the end of March. Entitled “As If!,” the restaurant, named after one of the movie’s iconic lines, was set up in Los Angeles.

On March 31st through May 8th, fans enjoyed “Cher-able” snacks by Chef Royce Burke, took loads of snaps for their Instagram feed alongside recreations from the film’s set, and shopped for merchandise inspired by the ’90s rom-com.

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