Xena, the mighty Warrior Princess, with her sidekick Gabrielle, Getty Images.
Top 10 fantasy looks
Movies and TV are full of amazing, breathtaking fashion, and there’s no exception when it comes to the fantasy genre. We run through our top ten most stunning looks from over the years.
10. CERSEI LANNISTER IN GAME OF THRONES
A regal matriarch as wicked as Cersei Lannister needs a wardrobe to match, and her elegantly embroidered yet decadent robes reflect her status as the woman at the helm of the wealthy and ruling King’s Landing family.
9. SPIRITED AWAY (2001)
In the award-winning Spirited Away, Chihiro’s adventures in a parallel universe with the spooky no-face open up a world of vivid colour. Throughout it all, she faces adversity in her trusty green-and-white jumper and red shorts – a perfect uniform for this unlikely fairytale leading lady.
8. XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS
As Xena, Lucy Lawless played the toughest female warrior on the block, avenging her crimes of the past in a rough and resilient leather and metal breastplate, battle-ready miniskirt, and boots big enough to kick any man where it hurts.
7. THE FALL (2006)
Director Tarsem Singh collaborated with award-winning costume designer Eiko Ishioka on this postmodern fairy tale. The film’s heroes stand out in vivid colours and costumes that blend east and west with stunning rigour.
6. GALADRIEL IN THE LORD OF THE RINGS
As the ethereal Elven Lady Galadriel, Cate Blanchett cut a mystical figure in gleaming white robes and gowns with silver thread, lace and her cascading otherworldly locks of hair.
5. EDWARD SCISSORHANDS
Johnny Depp’s turn as cyborg Edward Scissorhands mightn’t be the likeliest fashion icon, but his metal appendages and elaborate leather get-ups made for an unforgettable and out-of-this-world look for the outcast hero.
4. DOROTHY IN THE WIZARD OF OZ
Judy Garland as The Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy walked off the Yellow Brick Road and right into film-fashion history in her blue gingham pinafore and those very memorable ruby slippers. Don’t forget the wicker basket and canine companion Toto for the full iconic Oz look.
3. KATNISS EVERDEEN IN THE HUNGER GAMES
Beleaguered and brave Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, is more function than fashion in the world of The Hunger Games. Sleek tailoring and utility pockets make her stronger and more capable in her training as Tribute for the sadistic, violent games.
2. BUTTERCUP IN THE PRINCESS BRIDE
As a fantasy film, The Princess Bride has it all: pirates, princes and even rodents of unusual size. That’s not forgetting the beautiful gowns and crowns worn by Buttercup, played by Robin Wright, who is surely one of the toughest fairytale heroines around.
1. DAVID BOWIE IN LABYRINTH
He earned his place in fashion history through his amassed style personas, but Bowie’s turn as Jareth in Labyrinth landed him in the movie history books, too. His costumes are the pinnacle of 1980's glam – think velvet, waistcoats and plenty of ruffles, as well as Bowie’s spectacular androgynous makeup, and you’ll see the appeal.