It's a rare and special occasion when a film or TV costume becomes a character unto itself. Think Jerry Seinfeld's Levi's and white sneaker combo, the Joker's purple three piece suit, Dorothy's blue gingham dress and red sparkly pumps. These looks have become entities unto themselves, transcending the characters who wore them.
The same went for Catherine Bach's character Daisy Duke in 1988's "The Dukes of Hazzard". Maybe the only thing that saved the program from being completely forgotten to tele-oblivion was Daisy's penchant for sporting the shortest, tightest denim shorts possible. I think it's safe to say the entire show was eclipsed by her jean shorts, which ultimately sparked a namesake look known as 'Daisy Dukes'.
Following the halcyon days of late 80s Dukes, the denim short has been re-invented in many unique post-Daisy iterations of the iconic style. From the super-high waisted 90s to the itty bitty 00s, we've curated a lookbook of our favourite denim shorts through the ages just for you:
Catherine Bach as Daisy Duke in the shorts that started it all...
Takin it to the streets in the 1970s.
Jane Birkin & fam deep in the denim.
Lauren Hutton, 70s NYC
Debbie doing it her own way, as usual.
Fun for the whole family!
80s Queen Madonna gets an oar in.
Light wash and cuffed 80s style. Dirty Dancing (1987)
Dazed & Confused (1993)
Pamela Anderson in the 90s frayed Levi's cut-offs.
Probably the most memorable pop commercial of all time.
Britney Spears deep in the Y2K. The smaller the better.
Jessica Simpson reprising the role as Daisy Duke in the eponymous shorts.
Alexa Chung in the 2010s It Girl uniform: band tee, cutoffs, flats.
All about the details in 2010s. Fraying, grommets, studs, oh my!
Gucci Fall/Winter 2017
What's your favourite denim short era? Think on it and let us know, then come find your perfect pair!
xoxo, Black Market