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.
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.