Fashion-Shop Fashion Show
The guy takes the girl out to buy some clothes. The girl vanishes into the changing booth, and performs a little fashion show, appearing in various catwalk-like poses and different outfits with increasing velocity. Either this utterly annoys the man, who is quickly running out of patience, or he's increasingly intrigued by those sexy outfits.
Mostly done in form of a Montage
, where we see each outfit for a mere second, and then the guy's emotional (and often goofy) reaction. Three out of four times, the montage music will be Diana Ross' "I'm Coming Out".
Alternatively, the girl is the bride and the guy is exchanged for her best friend(s). This fashion show will be much more emotionally fraught, as the pressure to find "The One"
mounts, and expect the scene to end with the bride (and possibly friends, and possibly the shop attendant) dissolving into tears — whether of joy or frustration is another story. If a wedding is involved, this may be a sort of Hard Work Montage
of Costume Porn
Compare Shopping Montage
, Costume Test Montage
, Makeover Montage
, Fashion Show
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Anime And Manga
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED gives Lacus Clyne one of these while on a break on the Moon. Each outfit she tries on gets an approval from her boyfriend, Kira. Eventually she accuses him of just nodding and saying yes without actually caring what she wears.
- The titular character of Solty Rei goes through a holographic dressing room while shopping for clothes, enabling a montage of costumes. The reactions of the man she is seeking the approval of range from indifference to irritation until, without looking at the outfit, he finally snaps that the one she has on at the moment is fine.
- Happens in one episode of the anime Dai no Daibouken, with princess Leona doing the fashion show. One of the outfits she tries is in fact a bikini, which ends angering Pop (whom still suffers from a Nose Bleed).
- Minako does this during the opening for the Sailor Moon S movie, ending with a long fur coat and blowing a kiss like a movie star on the red carpet.
- Terra #4 (February 2009) in the DC Universe. The title character has one when her friend Power Girl takes her shopping for clothes.
- Mel Gibson and his daughter in What Women Want.
- In Alfie, Susan Sarandon's character and her husband do this; Alfie drops in and gives Sarandon some... advice, and hilarity ensues.
- Tank Girl: The title character does one of these (without an audience) while trying on a bizarre series of costumes in Liquid Silver (starting around 9:25).
- Xanadu: When Sonny takes Danny (Gene Kelly) shopping for a new outfit, Danny has one with music and dancing (watch it here, starting at 6:00).
- Charlie and Itchy take Anne-Marie shopping in All Dogs Go to Heaven. In a clever variation, the outifts are revealed through a spinning full-length mirror.
- "I'm Going Shopping With You" from Gold Diggers of 1935.
- There is such a scene in Pretty Woman.
- Happens in What a Girl Wants with Amanda Bynes' character. Weirder though is that the guy is Colin Firth, her father.
- One of many Rom Com tropes subverted in Bromantic Comedy I Love You Man, when Peter is trying on his tux.
- Happens in the Disney Channel original movie Life-Size, in which doll-turned-human Eve (played by Tyra Banks) tries on clothes so she can expand her wardrobe while a real person.
- Done in the Live-Action Adaptation of High School Debut with Haruna trying on clothes and Yoh watching.
- In The New Guy, this sequence is the first indication that Danielle (Eliza Dushku) is interested in Diz (DJ Qualls). Why else would she take him along when she's looking for a new bikini?
- Tuesday Weld does this in Lord Love A Duck for her dad. The Freudian undertones are icky.
Live Action TV
- 30 Rock:(Lampshaded, parodied and ultimately subverted) In the episode "flu Shot" the trope is played straight for two seconds in a flashback sequence, with Tracy and Jenna.
Liz: Stop. I don't need the Montage.
Jenna: Sometimes I was like this, (shakes head no) but other times I was like this (gives thumbs up).
- Gossip Girl: In "Dare Devil", Jenny tries on outfit after outfit for Blair's approval, and met with such encouragement as, "Ugh. Too Hannah Montana."
- Parks and Recreation: Cold opening to the Sweetums episode, with Tom. It takes place in the office, but otherwise plays the trope straight
- One is alluded to in an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent where Goren et al are on the trail of his nemesis Nicole Wallace—her apprentice held one for her presumptive boyfriend, but was posing by the window so that Nicole herself could have a view of the outfits. This is the first clue in a string of clues leading Goren to Nicole.
- A rare male example in Everybody Hates Chris, the titular character coerces his mother into taking him shopping so he won't look bad during school's picture day.
- Used on (of all things) Mythbusters, for the B myth in the "Exploding Water Heater" episode. Said B myth dealt with jeans shrinking to the point of constricting blood flow, so Kari and Grant went shopping for jeans. Even more unusual in that most of the montage was dedicated to Grant rather than Kari.
- Another male example from another myth — when the build team was seeing if defibrillator plus underwire bra equals burned patient, they needed bras that were the right size for their ballistics-gel stunt torso. It turned out that Tory's chest measurements were the closest. Cue Tory modeling bras for Grant.
- Farscape. John Crichton is given a vision of what life would be like if his alien friends lived with him on Earth. In one scene Aeryn is trying to choose a wedding dress.
Aeryn: (appearing in a rather revealing dress) What about this one?
John: That's good... Just not...for...the wedding. (chases a giggling Aeryn into the change booth, followed by the shop assistant scurrying to stop any hanky-panky)
- Used with Charlie and Dean is an episode of Supernatural, with the montage set to "Walking on Sunshine". After each outfit the camera cut to Dean either doing a thumbs down or a thumbs up.
- In Kissed By The Baddest Bidder, once Eisuke decides to have the protagonist act as his girlfriend the first order of business is to have her properly outfitted, which he accomplishes by taking her to a luxury clothing store and having her model a series of dresses until he finds one he approves of. The protagonist, who doesn't get much of a say in any of this, finds the whole experience confusing and exhausting rather than in any way enjoyable.
- In Legend Of Bill, Gina goes through a three-strip fashion shop fashion show after she's been body-swapped with the Evil Queen Vasheeva. It starts here.
- In Autumn Bay, Falchionne inflicts one of these on Lieutenant Bishop after he is transformed into a teenage girl by Nesariel.
- Played with in "South Park Is Gay!", in which the boys enthusiastically adopt the metrosexual lifestyle.
- In The Weekenders when Tish is looking for a new look after getting a "B" and being deemed no longer suitable to be considered the nerd, her friends organized this. Complete with scoring.
- Inevitably happens in "Clothes Minded", the episode of Kim Possible that mostly revolves around her search for a new mission outfit. The judgements come from her friend Monique, and ultimately nothing makes the grade.
- In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Twilight Sparkle and Fluttershy go through this (in two different episodes), courtesy of Rarity. Though Twilight doesn't buy anything and Fluttershy was just modeling.
- Parodied along with the Makeover Montage in Clone High. Most notable, JFK and Ghandi, where Ghandi tries on what appears to be a carbon copy of JFK's striped shirt...three different times.