By  on August 3, 2010

On MTV’s “unscripted” soaps, like “The City,” outfit repeats are very much a no-no. In fact, the characters change clothes with every go-see, sushi dinner or front-row appearance. So it’s somewhat refreshing that Daria Morgendorffer, star of the network’s Nineties series “Daria,” stuck to a uniform: green zip-up jacket, pleated black skirt, and owlish specs. Not to mention the combat boots and perpetual crossed-arm pose. In an interview with the animated icon in 1998, WWD attempted to get to the bottom of Daria’s minimalist look. The interview had some rough moments, like when Daria misidentified Manolo Blahnik as the star of floppy hat-centric teen show “Blossom” (she was thinking of Mayim Bialik). But while she might not have been a card-carrying member of her sister Quinn’s Fashion Club, Daria was more of a fashion savant then some might have imagined. Here, some of her thoughts on matters sartorial. On the significance of fashion: I believe fashion has a very important role in society, allowing us to capture the attention of potential sexual partners while signaling our social status to potential sexual rivals. It serves roughly the same function as the brightly colored pads on a mandrill’s buttocks. On footwear: My boots send a clear message: “I can kick you.”

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