Is anybody else getting excited about the buzz surrounding the new Star Wars films? With the recent casting of Oscar winner and fashion darling Lupita Nyong’o, I can only imagine the science fiction inspired editorials we’ll (hopefully!) be seeing soon. Here’s a look at a few science-fiction films with noteworthy fashion, including Tank Girl, The Fifth Element, Blade Runner, Barbarella, and the original Star Wars!

Tank Girl | 1995


Photo credit: Kristina R.


This movie is definitely wacky, and the post-apocalyptic punk style of our heroine (costume design by Arianne Phillips) is daring and not for the faint of heart. From bold dyed hair to helmets, patches, and dog tags, this look is for the wild child in you.

The Fifth Element | 1997


Photo credit: Anna Maria L.


Milla Jovovich plays Leeloo, and she’s a headturner with her fiery orange hair and futuristic white bandage outfit. The outrageous and fantastic outfits in this film were designed by the one and only Jean-Paul Gaultier and there’s a real sense of fun infused into these bold sci-fi looks.

Blade Runner | 1982


Photo credit: Tahti Syrjala.


For a gritty and dark look at the future, look no further than Blade Runner. The fashion in this film is an exciting mash-up of styles (costume design by Michael Kaplan and Charles Knode), from Rachael’s severe 1940s inspired looks to Pris’s wild hair and makeup and slinky bodysuits.

Barbarella | 1968


Photo credit: Dressed Vintage.


Barbarella Psychedella! Jane Fonda played the title character with equal parts gumption and sex appeal. This fashion, designed by Jacques Fonteray and Paco Rabanne, is all about big hair, big boots, and lots of barely-there and impractical-but-fun bodysuits and mini-mini dresses.

Star Wars | 1977


Photo credit: Zoë G.


I couldn’t do a write-up on science fiction fashion without including cinema’s most famous sci-fi princess, Princess Leia, with amazing costume design by John Mollo. Her braids (and those buns!) are as iconic as her flowing gowns and that gold bikini. May the force be with us!


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