‘BARBARELLA’: 1960S SCI-FI CHIC

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Jane Fonda in the 1968 movie Barbarella
Jane Fonda in the 1968 movie ‘Barbarella’

The 1968 movie ‘Barbarella’ became known as not only one of Jane Fonda’s most memorable roles, but also the pinnacle of sexy sci-fi costuming. Fonda took on the titular role of Barbarella–a futuristic astronaut in the year 40,000 who is tasked with stopping the evil Durand Durand. Directed by her husband at the time, Roger Vadim, Fonda wears sexy outfits for much of the movie. Despite being a critical and commercial failure at the time of its release, the film has gone on to become a cult classic.

Jane Fonda’s costumes for the film were the work of Jacques Fonteray and fashion designer Paco Rabanne. Fonteray would later work on films such as ‘Moon Raker’ and ‘The Party’ while Rabanne’s fashion forward designs became renowned for their bold details. Influenced by armor as well as the 1960s women’s liberation movement, quite a few of the designs included nontraditional materials.

Jane Fonda as Barbarella in silver bikini look with gun
Jane Fonda as Barbarella in silver bikini look with gun

For example, a green leotard adorned with chain-linked rhodoid plastic fringing is one of the more memorable looks from the film. The barely there costumes also helped elevate Jane Fonda to sex symbol status. And who could forget her bombshell hair? As Barbarella, Jane wore a blonde bouffant hairstyle that was perfectly teased. Take a look at some of these 1960’s space age looks below.


JANE FONDA AS BARBARELLA

John Phillip Law as Pygar and Jane Fonda as Barbarella
John Phillip Law as Pygar and Jane Fonda as Barbarella
Although the film is set in the future, Barbarella's hairstyle channels the 60's with voluminous curls.
Although the film is set in the future, Jane Fonda’s hairstyle channels the 60’s with voluminous curls.
Jane Fonda poses in green costume and plastic fringe in Barbarella still
Jane Fonda poses in green leotard and plastic fringe costume in Barbarella still
Jane Fonda in the 1968 film Barbarella
Actress Jane Fonda in the 1968 film Barbarella
Jane Fonda on Barbarella movie poster
Jane Fonda on Barbarella movie poster
Even after battle, Jane Fonda as Barbarella has a seductive look with tattered clothes
Even after a battle, Jane Fonda has a seductive look with tattered clothes and her silver bikini
Jane Fonda poses in a black outfit in Barbarella
Jane Fonda poses in a black leotard for the 1968 movie, Barbarella
Jane Fonda in futuristic look from the 1968 movie Barbarella
Jane Fonda plays a futuristic astronaut in the 1968 movie

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