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February 22, 2021

Drew Barrymore, the Ultimate 90’s Fashion Muse

Drew Barrymore is the quintessential child star: Granddaughter to John Barrymore, at 11 months she had her first acting gig and stole the show in 1982’s cult movie, E.T. At 13 years old she was a regular at Studio 54 and by 1990 she had an autobiography under her high-waisted belt.

Along with Winona Ryder and Kate Moss, Drew Barrymore gloried in grunge back in the ’90s. The E.T actor loved a pair of well-worn boots and a battered leather jacket just as much as she did her colorful cardis and Vivienne Westwood heels. With her cherubic curls and daisy choker chains, Barrymore tempered her goth aesthetic with cutesy touches.

Frequently adding a slick of wine lipstick and a statement-making crucifix to her girlish, silky slips, Barrymore honed a style that was all her own on her early ’90s outings – frequently undertaken with fellow grunge queen Courtney Love in tow. It didn’t go unnoticed by the industry: not only did she become a face of Guess in 1993, she fronted a Miu Miu campaign two years later in 1995.

Ever the red-carpet rule breaker, Barrymore was as likely to show up at a premiere in ripped jeans and an oversized shirt, with a “Fuck” bum bag and a cigarette in hand, as she was to attend in a designer gown. Towards the end of the decade, she introduced a new polish, ramping up her look with crushed velvet coats and micro-handbags, but keeping a tight grasp on those playful floral accessories.

Here, take a look at some of Drew’s iconic fashion styles in the 1990s:


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