The Ten Best-Dressed Actresses in Hollywood (excerpt)

Movieline, September 1996

The Ten Best-Dressed Actresses in Hollywood (excerpt)

By Diane Clehane

…Winona Ryder…

Even at the early stages of her career, young Winona Ryder was wearing über-designers Chanel and Azzedine Alaïa with confidence and aplomb. It’s not easy having to grow up in front of the entire world, but the notably shy Ryder has done so with enormous style. She has consistently distinguished herself from the rest of young Hollywood by daring to take great pains to create a look that is always both elegant and cutting edge. She doesn’t fall victim to trends of the moment (although she could probably carry them off), because she sticks with the looks that suit her (Are you listening, Alicia Silverstone?). Her delicate features and tiny frame give her a waifishly romantic quality that lets her wear wintage clothes better than anyone else — on and off the screen. The petite but buxom star adores the styles of the ’20s and ’40s and hunts down the real thing herself in her favorite vintage shops. Ryder may use hired guns on occasion, but she doesn’t need one to tell her how to look good. In fact, sometimes she’s ahead of the hard-core fashionistas. She was one of the first to resurrect Audrey Hepburn’s gamine look (capri pants, sunglasses, jacket, etc.) back in 1990, long before the fashion magazines christened it the next big thing. This year, well before various American fashion designers, including Anna Sui, showed Gatsby-like dresses as part of this fall’s collections, Ryder was already wearing the look at the Academy Awards. She went for all-out glamour in a flesh-colored beaded number from Badgley Mischka, those two soft-spoken guys from New York who make killer evening dresses. Ryder has carefully honed an image that allows us to imagine her setting styles and winning awards (including a permanent spot on Hollywood’s best-dressed list) for years to come.