Style on Film: 5 Incredible Movie Makeovers

It takes more than a brand new wardrobe to change your life, but according to some of the best chick flicks of all time, a small fashion intervention can’t hurt when someone is feeling sad or insecure; all you need is a group of friends full of determination, a pair of tweezers, a girl power pop song and then voilà!, the iconic makeover scene is born.

From Pretty Woman to one of my personal favorites, The Devil Wears Prada, some movies revolve about the wonderful process of the makeover, which often starts as a harmless change of clothes that ends up influencing one’s attitude and self-confidence. Below are some of my favorite movie makeovers of all time and, of course, some inspired-by outfits.


Clueless (1995)


After some hair dyeing, makeup application classes and cutting old t-shirts, new student Tai looks like a completely different person. All thanks to Dionne and Cher, who loves makeovers because they give her “a sense of control in a world full of chaos”.


The Princess Diaries (2001)


Famous hairdresser Paolo and his glam squad were the magic hands behind princess Mia’s makeover. From straightening her hair to plucking the bushy eyebrows (“I’ll call them Frida and Kahlo”, said Paolo), it looks like it was a long and painful transformation – but Mia looked pretty happy afterwards.


Pretty Woman (1990)


Vivian didn’t have a group of stylish friends to help her shopping, but once her beau Edward gave her the green light to buy whatever she wanted and the staff became eager to help, a makeover happened almost naturally.


13 Going 30 (2004)


When a 13 year old girl suddenly wakes up as a 30 year old woman, there’s a whole new world to discover. This is definitely one of my favorite makeover scenes, because Jenna is not particularly worried about her looks, but  simply enjoying her life and having fun with clothes.



The Devil Wears Prada (2006)


Andy is proof that a makeover isn’t always the best decision one can make (she would eventually go back to her old clothes, even though she kept the bangs), but her style transformation showed her commitment to the job and to the industry. And anyway, how bad can it be to wear Chanel every day?