Welcome to the Dollhouse is a mid-90s dark, indie comedy by the amazing Todd Solondz starring Heather Matarazzo. Heather plays Dawn Weiners, an unattractive middle-schooler who struggles to cope with un-attentive parents, snobbish classmates, a smart older brother, an attractive younger sister, and her own insecurities. Everyone is mean to her, pretty much – her sister Missy is spoiled, her teachers hate her, her peers hate her, and the school bullies torment her. This is seriously one of my most favorite films ever. It’s really what started my slight obsession with offbeat, cult classics. The attention to costuming in this film makes this movie have a visual dialog that only is punctuated by the brilliant storyline and awesome acting. And I really love Dawn because she’s not one of those fake “awkward” characters who are really attractive and intelligent but just can’t seem to get a boyfriend.I particularly love the colorful, quirky fashion in this film. Her glasses and collared shirt are my favorite!! If you have never seen Welcome to the Dollhouse then you better get on Netflix and move it to the front of your queue.
Check out the super cool trailer and photo gallery below and make sure to take a look at last week’s Fashion in Film Segment on the 90s Preppy Girl Film – Clueless!
Jessi Jae Joplin is known best as the lead singer of the pop/rock band The Ruckus. With her wild and crazy personality, amazing stage presence (and style to match), Jessi has blown away audiences across Southern California - performing at legendary venues like The Viper Room and The Mint. She also directs and produces her own music videos (featuring talented stars such as VMA nominee KREAYSHAWN, Hanna Beth, Bebe Zeva, Skip Arnold and Whitney Moore). Aside from her band, Jessi is an active fashion journalist and creator of the vintage clothing store "The Fabulous Stains." She currently serves as a featured editor for BUZZNET and contributes to the Lazy Bones Vintage blog (by Audrey Kitching). Jessi even has previous experience working alongside the fashion designers of Heatherette, in the Fashion Editorial Department of JANE Magazine and for the style editors of E! Online. Jessi strongly believes that music & fashion go hand in hand, is highly influenced by bands like No Doubt and Blondie, and is ready to take the industry by storm.