Quentin Tarantino: the most iconic looks from his films

Jessica Benjamin
Pulp Fiction (1994)

Decadent violence, razor-sharp satire and a collective soundtrack that could exist as your sole collection of music; yep, it’s a Tarantino film.

The cult film powerhouse is adding another to the list of posters needed on every teen’s bedroom wall, and new release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood stays true to the classic Tarantino tenets we all know and love – including an impeccable sense of style.

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From the colour-blocked suits of Kill Bill to the monochrome ensembles of Pulp Fiction’s most iconic scene, we present to you the top looks from Tarantino’s repertoire. Outfit recreation is advised, naturally.

Reservoir Dogs

Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Lining the interior of a thousand student rooms is this image; the skinny black tie, black suit ensemble from Tarantino’s first film. It’s a look that’s been equated to the male version of the Little Black Dress, and with good reason. Pair it with sunglasses, and you’ve got yourself a day-to-night-to-diamond-heist kind of look.

True Romance

True Romance (1993)

It’s no secret that cowboy culture is back in full swing for 2019, and Alabama Whitman’s cow-hide skirt with cowboy boots is the stuff of front row dreams. Add in a turquoise bra, subtract a top and you’ve got yourself a full look.

Plus, it’s doubly on everyone’s radars thanks to Cassie’s Halloween costuming in Euphoria. Watch out for it come this year’s October 31.

Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction (1994)

‘Tarantino who?’ they ask, blank faced. ‘You know, the John-Travolta-Uma-Thurman dance scene. With the legs,’ you say. Ah yes – it’s the scene everybody (and their dog) has seen. The crisp white tailoring and black kick flares, paired with a bob so blunt you could use it a ruler, make for a look that thoroughly deserves its iconic status.

Natural Born Killers

Natural Born Killers (1994)

I didn’t know I needed to see Woody Harrelson in a red string vest until I saw this film. Now, it’s the only image I would permit to sit in prime position on my mantelpiece, and with good reason. It’s Woody Harrelson in a string vest and leather jacket!

Jackie Brown

Jackie Brown (1997)

It’s an outfit that wouldn’t look out of place in Clueless, yet Jackie Brown definitely would be. Wearing a Kangol beret, oversized hoops and munching on Chinese, she is, as they say, ‘goals’. That, and the fact she tricks a group of gangsters and steals half a million dollars. Nice.

Kill Bill: Vol 1

Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003)

Taking inspiration from Bruce Lee in Game of Death, Uma Thurman as The Bride is dressed in an all-yellow suit, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Thanks to this film, it’s now the only outfit a trained assassin should ever be seen in – it’s easier to see them coming.

Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

It’s the revenge outfit to end all revenge outfits. To carry out a mission this bold, you need to look the part. And for Shosanna’s final plan of the film, she dresses for the job; in blood red, with a funereal veiled hat to match. Blood and funereal being the operative words, in case you didn’t notice.

Django Unchained

Django Unchained (2012)

A look that seems as if it’s straight from an oil painting – and it is. For Jamie Foxx’s Django look, costume designer Sharen Davis took inspiration from Thomas Gainsborough’s 1770 work, Blue Boy. Very camp, very ostentatious and very appropriate.

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