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Fashion in Film: Pulp Fiction

July 25th 2007 07:11
Uma Milkshake Pulp Fiction
I don't know if it's worth $5 but it's pretty ******' good - Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction - pic from

I couldn't resist. Uma Thurman starring as Mrs Mia Wallace in the 1994 Palme D'Or winning, Tarantino directed, Pulp Fiction. Seeing this film, watching her character, was a revelation in cool.

We are enticed into Mia's world through a very pinned Vincent Vega, and from the moment she is seen we are drawn into her world of charm, wit and sexy cool. When Vincent takes her out for her bloody Derwood Kurby burger and her Martin and Lewis shake, he clearly does not know that he's in for the ride of his life. Like him, we're intrigued by her mystery and sublime foxiness.

Dancing Uma and John
I wanna dance - Mia and Vincent win the Jack Rabbit Slim's Trophy - pic from

Now all drug jokes and paraphernalia aside (no seriously, put them down), to emulate Uma as Mia, is very simple and straightforward, only you have to make sure you pull it off with the required confidence and cheek. In my dreams I look like her, I carry off her appeal, and I am that cool. In reality I'm WAY too short and dumpy for that. Never mind.

The look is classic 50's - 60's bad girl meets mod. Come on. Don't be a square.

The white shirt. This can't be any white shirt. You must have a tailored look, preferrably with french cuffs. I managed to locate one online at Valentino Fashion. They're an Australian based team that take pride in their quality garments, an important part of being Mia.

Valentino Fashion White Shirt
Warmer....warmer....disco. Tailored White Shirt - available from

Unless you're as tall as Uma (she comes in at just six feet tall), you're going to have a hard time carrying off the cropped capri style pants she wears. They are slightly bootlegged or flared at the bottom, which if you have stumpy legs or a big behind, aren't too good. I've found a style which would be suitable for most, even the shorter and more curvey of us, on BlueFly.

Hudson Black Cropped Pant
My specialty was knives - Hudson Black Cropped Pant - available from

So the easy part of the Mia wear is complete. Now for the refinements. Due to Uma's height, she wore some sweet ballet flats to compliment her outfit and so as not to stand over Johnny T. The best you can buy are available from Parisian Ballets. I've chosen some in the metallic silver similar to the colour worn in the film.

Silver Ballet Flats
They talk a lot, don't they? - Silver Ballet Flats - available from

If you're up for it, you can go all out and wig it. It's very hard to find the exact style that Uma wore, the assymetrical fringed bob. You can get pretty close, but it's more of a standard bob. Sorry about the picture - it scared me too.

Matahari Wig from Hips and Curves
I need a magic marker, got one? Matahari Wig - avail from

The most important part of the outfit is the lipstick and nail polish colour - Chanel's Rouge Noir. Apparently, sales went through the roof in this colour after the film was released. It is rumoured that you could not locate it anywhere for around 12 months. Guess I wasn't the only one who thought I was Mia.

Chanel Rouge Noir Lipstick
Trying to forget anything as intriguing as this would be an exercise in futility - Chanel Rouge Noir - available from

One of the supreme points to owning these items is their timelessness. I guarantee you will never regret owning any of these items, whether you wear separately, or as one to look your most Mia.

So be your coolest, hippest cat and do the twist while you shoot the pilot for Fox Force Five.
Fox Force Five.

Smoking Uma Thurman Pulp Fiction
Can you roll me one of those cowboy? pic from

Even the name of her pilot was cool. I said goddamn!

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Comment by DuskDevi

July 25th 2007 07:26
...very cool post Chic.

Truly enjoyed reading this one! the time Rouge Noir (Vamp) was being sold out all over the world...Sonia Rykiel had the exact colour, also called Vamp...but I always found plenty in stock...I guess it's all in the name...

Comment by Sisi

July 29th 2007 08:16
Chanel Rouge Noir is my all-time favourite nail colour - it looks gorgeous with a cream dress

Comment by Raoul Duke

July 30th 2007 05:55
I soooooo dug this movie when it first came out. I went and saw it twice in one day. Unprecendented.

Comment by Chic Critique

July 30th 2007 06:22
I agree Raoul - it's probably my number one cool is it!?!

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