This fall, Winona Ryder is back on the fashion scene in a big way, claiming a coveted spot as the face of Rag & Bone’s newest campaign. “To us, [she’s] a bona fide icon,” designer Marcus Wainwright told WWD. “One of the things that makes her so cool is that although she has this incredible career, she isn’t interested in being a movie star.”
That incredible career, which included Reality Bites, Girl, Interrupted, and, my favorite, Little Women, necessitated some amazing red carpet outfits (hello—she was nominated for two Oscars!). No matter where you stand on the resurgence of ’90s style, I think Winona’s best from the decade will convince you that in between the grunge, there was lots of glam!
For her trip to the Academy Awards in 1994, she picked an ivory dress with beaded fringe that showed why she was the babe of the ’90s. Also, that silky shawl she’s got wrapped around her arms? It was kind of her thing.
The beading and lace on this dress give it a vintage appearance that Winona’s style also favors.
Way before anyone was talking about midis, Winona was doing it. The lacy style she wore at a 1997 awards ceremony would feel totally, completely normal for today.
How sexy was the slinky black dress she picked for a New York City event in 1998? Like the tea-length style above, I could see it on any of today’s red carpets (just maybe switch out the accessories).
There’s something romantic about the filmy, airy dress she picked for Cannes during the same year. Come to think of it, doesn’t this remind you of the sort of dress you picked for your middle-school dances?
Are you as surprised as I am to see how many of Winona’s best ’90s dresses would work today? Did she influence your style without you even knowing it?