Russ Meyer may best be known for featuring the bustiest ladies he could find in his many films. But these ladies aren’t just well-endowed – they’re powerful, beautiful, and, on occasion, deadly. I recently had the chance to see Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! for the first time and was overwhelmed – in a good way! – from start to finish. Women in both aggressive and submissive roles?! Women with real bodies?! Women racing cars and killing people?! All while being impeccably dressed?! Yes, please!
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (FPKK) follows a group of three kick-ass ladies – Varla, Billie, and Linda – as they race their fast cars and get into more than a few pickles. There’s a kidnapping, blackmail, a murder in the desert, plenty of sex, robbery, and a few more murders. With all of that action, you need fashion that’s both stylish and functional – and that’s, for the most part, what FPKK delivers. Though the ladies all have variations on their personal style, there are a few fashion-points they all share. Since FPKK was filmed in the 60’s, there are plenty of high-waisted shorts, tight jeans, tall boots, crop-tops, and flair sleeves – aka all of the things I need in my closet RIGHT NOW.
Varla is the pack leader, and arguably the most ruthless of the gang. She races the hardest and gets (or kills) whatever man she wants. Her all black outfit definitely means business. Her high black boots are perfect for kicking men when they’re down (literally), while her high-waisted jeans and low-cut blouse show that she’s more than comfortable with her body. And, of course, she’s got some sweet cat eyeliner going on.
Rosie and Varla have a very similar style, with their high boots and high-waists. Rosie’s style is a little more subdued, though. She dons a cute striped tank top with her jeans, that’s also a bit more modest than Varla’s look.
Billie is definitely the sex-pot of the bunch, and her outfits, accordingly, are a bit more risque. She has two different outfits in the movie. One features high-waisted short shorts, tall white gogo boots, and a (very) cropped shirt, while the other is comprised of high-waisted white jeans and a polka dot crop top with flair sleeves. Let’s be real, she’s about as 60’s as it gets.
What sort of outfit inspiration would you draw from this gang?
Nicole Testa was born, reared, and currently resides in New York City. She received a BA in Literature and Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, where she was also Co-editor in Chief of the college’s primary literary magazine, the Sarah Lawrence Review. You can often find her reading and writing poetry, trying her hand at a new craft, or seeking out the city’s best doughnut offerings (or sometimes all three at once). Find her elsewhere at her writing and style blog, Coco Maria and check out her prints at Foxhole Print Shop.