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The Fashionista
aka: Fashionista
The furs and dresses here are already out of fashion!

"A unicorn's not a unicorn without grace and beauty."

This character is, quite simply, a character whose defining trait is being well-dressed and extremely interested in fashion.

The Fashionista is often a woman, save for instances of The Dandy, or a Camp Gay guy (whether or not he is a fashion designer). The Fashionista will invariably love to shop, read Fashion Magazines, and watch (or be involved in, if she is a model or a designer) Fashion Shows, and will either have an Unlimited Wardrobe, or long for one. She may be the Girly Girl in a Tomboy and Girly Girl pair. If not she will, depending on temperament, either be Alpha Bitch/Rich Bitch or Spoiled Sweet.

Either way, she is often a prime candidate for Even the Girls Want Her. At some point in the story, she is likely to wear a Little Black Dress (or a red one). She is also likely at some point to give The Makeover to a character who is either Beautiful All Along or Cleans Up Nicely.

Sometimes, The Fashionista makes her own clothes, usually if she actually works in the fashion industry or wants to. She may Really Get Around, but it is not a requirement. The Fashionista is usually skinny; it is uncommon to see a Hollywood Pudgy one, and in more cynical shows, she may have an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia.

An older fashionista may be a Foxy Grandma, a White-Dwarf Starlet, a Stacy's Mom, or say "I Was Quite a Looker." In movies and shows from The Eighties, The Fashionista may also be a Valley Girl. Whether or not she is a superheroine, she will most likely be The Chick of her Five-Man Band, and have multiple costume changes over the years. If she is a supervillainess, she will most likely be a Vain Sorceress. She's not immune to Fashion Dissonance though. If she also happens to be an Action Girl then you've got a Girly Bruiser or if she's lucky an Action Fashionista.

If the audience does not consider her a fashionista, this is Informed Attractiveness.

A Sub-Trope of Costume Porn (personifying that trope in these characters).

Compare The Beautiful Elite, Impractically Fancy Outfit, Impossibly Cool Clothes, Pimped-Out Dress, Nice Shoes, The Dandy, Idle Rich.


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    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Regina George in Mean Girls.
  • Most of the women (except Andy) in The Devil Wears Prada. Nigel, too. Of course they do work for a fashion magazine and Andy does start "drinking the coolaid."
  • In A Knight's Tale Jocelyn likes wearing different clothes and dressing to match her knight because a flower is only as good as its petals.

  • Rachel in Animorphs is a Fashionista with dark Blood Knight tendencies, making her quite a well-rounded character indeed.
  • Alice in the Twilight saga. Loves dressing people up and throwing parties, especially if Bella's involved. She not only organized Bella's wedding, but packed her honeymoon suitcase, dressed her up in a cocktail dress and stilettos for her first post-vamp hunt, and filled up her closet at home mostly with high-end, fashionable clothing while Bella would rather wear jeans.
  • In Lonely Werewolf Girl this is the Hat of the Fire Demons. Standout character is of course Malveria, but Werewolf-fashion designer Thrix runs a close second. Showing up in the wrong dress could start a war you know.
  • In The Egypt Game, April goes for a '60s Hollywood look (Beehive Hairdo, Pretty in Mink, etc.) at the start. (The novel was written in 1967.) She's emulating her inattentive actress/singer mother.
  • Anyone who grew up reading The Baby-Sitters Club series will remember the obligatory description of Claudia's outfits as the highlight of the otherwise virtually copy-and-pasted introductory passage in each book. She was also the artsy one, and her dress sense obeyed no laws of fashion except her own, but we're assured that "on her, it totally worked" every time. Her best friend Stacey was from New York, which was treated like it was proof of fashion consciousness in itself.
  • Time Scout: Margo dresses well. Timeless class. And when she first encounters Connie Logan's shop, she practically orgasms.
  • The French, in British statesman Lord Chesterfield's Letters to His Son. "Fashion is more tyrannical at Paris than in any other place in the world; it governs even more absolutely than their king, which is saying a great deal."
  • Shaunee, Erin and Aphrodite from The House of Night.
  • The Rainbow Magic series has Phoebe the Fashion Fairy, and the other Fashion Fairies who are her helpers.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Cordelia and the Cordettes.
    Angel: It was kind of like the Soviet Secret Police if they cared a lot about shoes.
  • Kurt from Glee.
  • Carrie from Sex and the City.
  • Maxie Jones on General Hospital.
  • Project Runway
  • Raven Baxter of That's So Raven.
  • The Vampire Diaries
    • Caroline, she is trendy and loves fashion.
    • Katherine as well.
  • Geena Fabianow, the best friend of the protagonist of Unfabulous, who contrasts with the Hollywood Homely protagonist.
  • The only female character who doesn't fit this trope on Gossip Girl is Vanessa.
  • What Not to Wear
    • The UK show has Trinny and Susannah.
    • The American version has Stacy London and Clinton Kelley.
  • Doctor Who: 200,000 years in the future, and the British What Not to Wear examples above are still at it as fashion-conscious robots!
  • C.J. on The West Wing, a bit, though it's also brought up as one of the ways she has trouble being taken seriously as a female White House press secretary (people either focus on how she looks rather than what she's saying, or assume she does that).
  • Edina and Patsy of Absolutely Fabulous, often to ridiculous extremes.
  • Jason King, from Department S and Jason King.
  • Margarita Garza from Carrusel.
  • The Cat in Red Dwarf.
    Cat: (being made to scrub the floor) Aw, look at my hands! I had lovely hands!
    Lister: Well, wear the smegging gloves!
    Cat: Marigold with blue? Are you crazy?
  • London Tipton of the Suite Life series rarely wears an outfit more than twice.
  • When earlier female American Idol judges started commenting on how a contestant looked, it was usually a sign that they couldn't find anything good to say about their performance. Nicki Minaj, on the other hand, is almost always giving commentary/suggestions on their style choices and still commenting on the performances themselves.
  • Jessie's Emma Ross.
  • Friends: Rachel, who works her way up the fashion career ladder and is the Girly Girl to the more practical and intelligent Monica's Tom Boy.
  • Fiona Coyne from Degrassi is a talented artist and is also very interested in fashion, as shown through her unique sense of style.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Les Guignols de l'info
    • Rachida Dati, former Justice Minister, is portrayed as quite fashion- and shopping-obsessed (at the expense of any political savvy).
    • Karl Lagerfield, on the other hand, is the serious fashion designer and critic version of the trope.

  • Barbie
  • Bratz
  • Monster High has Clawdeen Wolf. Unlike most fashionistas though, she is serious about going into the fashion industry in a business-minded way and in her 2011 doll with diary the first entry mentions her AP class in fashion.

    Video Games 

    Visual Novels 
  • Gaap, the queen bee of Umineko no Naku Koro ni.
  • Junko Enoshima from Dangan Ronpa is a very famous kogal model known for her extravagant tastes and she has this as her Super High-School Level title. Except that she's not really Junko herself but her twin sister Mukuro Ikusaba disguising as her, as they made a Twin Switch before the start of the series. And the real Junko? She's the Big Bad and the mastermind behind the entire events of the series, which includes killing Mukuro and then using her corpse to fake a murder.
  • The titular character in Nicole is very interested in fashion. She has a number of different outfits that she wears throughout the game, and she expresses genuine distress at the ugly uniform she's expected to wear at work. She actually rolls up the sleeves and legs to turn it into a romper.

    Web Comics 

    Western Animation 
  • Even though they have a Limited Wardrobe, this list should include The Ashleys from Recess.
  • Lindsay from Total Drama, although it's more of an Informed Ability since she's rarely seen outside her tank, skirt, and cowboy boots.
  • The Fashion Club in Daria.
  • The Crust Cousins in My Life as a Teenage Robot. They wear some sort of bizzare new outfit in (almost) every episode they appear in.
  • Topaz from Trollz.
  • Prize Popple from Popples.
  • Bunnie Rabbot from Sonic Sat AM.
  • Self-proclaimed by Rhonda in Hey Arnold! and brought up in almost every episode she's in... despite her limited wardrobe.
  • Rarity, from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, is an example of what happens when the management insist that a cartoon aimed at preteen young girls has to have one of these, but the showrunner is bound and determined to have the series pass the Bechdel Test. She dodges the stereotype by being a producer rather than a consumer: instead of being an obsessive shopper, she's a fashion designer who owns and runs her own boutique. As a result, most of her episodes focus heavily on her efforts to succeed as a fashionista and often deal with the business end of the job.
  • Stella from Winx Club is this, or strives to be this.
  • Cornelia Hale from W.I.T.C.H. tends to be this. She loves shopping for clothes . . . and shoes.
  • Barbie The Pearl Princess has the heroine, Lumina, and Madame Ruckus, an octopus who owns a hair salon.

    Real Life 
  • Anyone in the fashion industry.
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Daphne Guinness
  • Marie Antoinette was supposedly a huge fan of fashion in her day, making her dressmaker, Rose Bertin, a celebrity of sorts.
  • WWE's Natalya. She was initially portrayed as a tomboy but that got dropped since she's not like that in real life at all. Just look at her shoe collection.
  • Peyton R. List, who plays the aforementioned Emma in Jessie, is this in real life. It was mentioned in an interview that Emma's original wardrobe prior to her being hired was cute but somewhat normal compared to Peyton herself. As a result the wardrobe people used Peyton's own style to help make Emma more of a true fashionista. They sometimes collaborate Peyton's clothes with the wardrobe choices for Emma to create even more outfits.

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