"Do Revenge"'s Costume Designer on How to Achieve Drea and Eleanor's Nostalgic Looks
Netflix's "Do Revenge" — starring Camila Mendes as Drea Torres and Maya Hawke as Eleanor Levetan — has all the makings of a classic teen revenge movie, but it's somehow even better. The dark comedy, the poppy vengeance, and even the redeemable mean girls are revamped with a modern twist, and the costumes follow suit.
"It was finding that balance of making a look feel like 2022 while referencing or being influenced by that '90s era."
Ideated by costume designer Alana Morshead, the "Do Revenge" outfits pay homage to popular films of the '90s and early 2000s, like "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion," "Clueless," and "10 Things I Hate About You." They also feel true to the style of high schoolers and teenagers today. "I loved that it was a new and fresh take on these teen movies but still felt really reminiscent to the ones that we loved in the '90s," Morshead tells POPSUGAR. "What's so great about fashion is that you can wear anything and make it your own. It was finding that balance of making a look feel like 2022 while referencing or being influenced by that '90s era — not copying exactly what we saw 20 years ago."
For the queen bee, Drea, Morshead had several images on her Pinterest board: scenes of Courtney Shayne (Rose McGowan) in "Jawbreaker" and the iconic supermodels in George Michael's "Freedom! '90" music video, like Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Cindy Crawford. With input from Mendes, who Morshead says "would actually be a pretty amazing fashion designer, if she ever wanted to do it," Drea's style mimics the ultimate '90 runway supermodel. As for Eleanor, though Drea did give her a makeover, Morshead wanted to give her her own sense of style. Referencing Twiggy and a young Goldie Hawn, Eleanor's fashion veers more mod, featuring playful prints and warmer colors.
Morshead put herself in the shoes of the wealthy students at Rosehill Country Day, who may own designer pieces but are also the trendsetters of their class. Scouring Instagram for one-of-a-kind designs and searching for thrifty finds all over the internet, the costume designer says it was important to her to highlight small businesses and make outfits attainable for viewers. "When the movie came out, I wanted people to look [the designers] up and discover new brands." She ended up featuring 10 to 15 small fashion companies in the movie, including Stickybaby, Chungawawa, and The Mighty Company.
Ahead, learn more style notes and tips from Morshead herself on how to dress like the "Do Revenge" characters, and shop similar and exact items from the film.
How to Dress Like the Rosehill Students in "Do Revenge"
"Uniforms create an automatic eliteness. I don't know if this makes sense, but girls just feel meaner in school uniforms," Morshead says.
Inspired by Korean school uniforms that "looked so put together and clean," as well as the "fun, collage-able bubblegum world" of Miami, the Rosehill uniforms feel both modern and timeless. They include pressed and buttoned-up shirts, berets, and other fun accessories in a pastel green and purple color palette. For the colorful metallic jackets that finish each uniform, each girl was assigned a color "that felt the most like them."
Find a plaid skirt and tie combo in a green or lilac hue, and get creative with the accessories. Whether it's sheer patterned socks, quirky earrings, or interesting loafers, personalize accordingly.
Lilac Plaid Mini Skirt
ASOS Lola May Pleated Mini Skirt in Lilac Check ($29, originally $42)
Green Plaid Mini Skirt
Princess Polly Natalia Mini Skirt ($15, originally $34)
How to Dress Like Drea in "Do Revenge"
Drea is often wearing blues and purples, opting for cool jewel tones mixed with pastels. For accessories, chunky jewelry is a must. Go for feathery dusters, Y2K-esque add-ons, and form-fitting pieces to dress like Drea.
ASOS Design Cardigan With Detachable Faux Fur Trim ($39, originally $52)
Yellow Gingham Shorts
Antik Batik Gingham Cotton Shorts ($60, originally $134)
How to Dress Like Eleanor in "Do Revenge"
"I wanted the two girls to have their own style but still be cohesive," Morshead explains. Since Drea covered the cooler hues, Eleanor was styled in '60s-inspired mustards and oranges, as well as geometric patterns, florals, and bold prints.
If you're dressing like Eleanor, you'll want to wear eccentric statement earrings from the France-based Chungawawa, in addition to a variety of sheer, mesh pieces decorated with flowers.
Lisa Says Gah Rabôt Mitra Top ($111, originally $185)