Winona Ryder is thrifty: ‘I’ve worn dresses to the Oscars that I got for $10’

Winona Ryder

Winona Ryder covers the March issue of Red magazine. I think she’s promoting the UK release of Turks & Caicos, a tv movie that stars Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy, and many more. I’m just glad to see Winona on a cover no matter what she’s doing. Red is pulling the comeback card with its caption, which Winona will not appreciate. She’s been “back” for years now.

Winona looks positively ethereal in this shoot. She’s still a bit gothy with the eye makeup, but the styling here is very mature and grown-up. I still cannot believe she’s 42 years old, which makes me feel really ancient. Winona discusses more stuff about how she loves getting older. She’s already “psyched to get older” and “proud of the little bit of traffic” on her forehead. Now Winona adds that we should all aspire atowards Native American attitudes towards aging. She also reveals that some of her Oscar dresses only cost $10! I love this:

Her ’80s image: “The 1980s was the era of the blonde cheerleader. The description of my character in the first few movies I did was always ‘nerdy,’ but I liked that, it was way more interesting.”

More on aging: “[Native Americans] have this incredible respect for their elders — it’s like the older you get, the more awesome you are. I’m hesitant to say this because I don’t want to knock anybody who’s done it, but the whole thing with plastic surgery…When you’re around people who celebrate age and respect every line for telling a story, it’s beautiful. I wish there was more of a celebration of getting older. When I do magazine shoots, people always say, ‘Oh, she doesn’t age,’ but I have the best make-up people and photographers. I don’t look like that every day.”

Helen Mirren is her landlord: “She and Taylor Hackford have this mansion and I rent a little cottage in the back. If I’m having a problem with the house, she’ll come up and fix it. She is everything you would hope she’d be: wonderful, warm and funny. I had to tell her I love Prime Suspect so much that, for 10 years, I stayed in hotels under the name DCI Jane Tennison.”

Her personal style is thrifty: “Most of my wardrobe is vintage and I’ve worn dresses to the Oscars that I got for $10. At Sean Penn’s last Haiti gala I wore this vintage dress that I’d worn to a film premiere in 2005. I know that’s kind of a no-no in the fashion world, but why wear something just once if you love it?”

Her 30s were rough: “I went through stuff that I probably should have gone through much younger, but I had spent my twenties working. Even when I was the right age for older roles, people thought of me as being younger. It was tough because I’d had so much success in my early twenties.”

[From Red Online]

I think it’s very cool that Winona is repurposing some of her “old” red carpet looks (like Keira Knightley with her wedding dress). Of course if everyone repurposed dresses, we’d have almost nothing to talk about with the Oscars. I think my interest in repurposing is geared more towards everyday looks. Even when someone is rich, it seems like a real waste to competely toss out a wardrobe for a new season. Unless they’re donating the clothing, which makes sense. I do want to know which Oscar dresses only cost $10. Winona should do a full reveal.



Update by CB: Here are some throwback photos of Ryder. I know one of them is technically from The Golden Globes, not the Oscars, but I couldn’t resist.



Matt Damon and Winona Ryder

Photos courtesy of Red magazine

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  1. Kiddo says:

    And five finger discounts? Sorry, couldn’t resist.

    • lily says:

      I know right. I like her but she is sort of stepping right into it isn’t she. I tried not to laugh.

    • blue marie says:

      Ha, you said it for me! That was my immediate reaction.
      She looks really good in these photos.

    • Sonya says:

      Yep. First thing I thought was, “That’s because she paid for a tube of lipstick or a pair of tights and walked out with the dress!”

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      One time I made a joke about her shoplifting, and I was ripped to shreds! How come you’re getting away with it? Lol

      • Kiddo says:

        I don’t know, but you’re welcome to rip me to shreds if it makes you feel better. Have at it 🙂

      • Monkey Towz says:

        It usually bothers me when people bring up her past b/c I think the amount of vitriol she received was unfair & she took responsibilty for her actions. I did so many stupid things when I was younger and would hate to be constantly reminded of it.
        However, she chooses to be a celebrity, and getting criticized/rewarded is part of the job.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        I think the statute of limitations has run out on the shoplifting jokes, but that’s just me. Won’t rip anyone for tossing a couple out.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        No, I’m glad you didn’t get the hate I did. Probably the way I said it came out really b@tchy or something.

    • Amy says:

      I thought the same thing! Glad I’m not the only one that was reminded by this article of her sticky fingers…hahaha 😀

    • Wiffie says:

      She had ONE scandal, and it was what, 15+ years ago? It’s like you do one thing, and no matter what that’s your joke forever. It’s ridiculous. She’s not Lilo, or Bieber, with the constant stupidity. Give it up, she paid her debt to society.

      • Kiddo says:

        Thank you Wiffie, @GoodNamesAllTaken, here you go hon, LMAO.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Oh, sorry, I hope that wasn’t my fault.

        Wiffie, people remember as long as they do. You don’t get to decide. She was joking. Get over it.

      • Jen34 says:

        I agree. Give her a break and move on.

      • Jackson says:

        The thing is though, it wasn’t one scandal. It was years and years of insanely bad, diva-ish and evil behavior towards nearly everyone she worked with or came into contact with before that. The reason the shoplifting thing became such a big scandal is because she was so despised in the industry already, not the other way around. If she’d had a good reputation the shoplifting thing would have been pushed under the carpet. Other stars have been caught shoplifting and the press either didn’t report or it or barely reported it. The reason the press and everyone made it such a big deal was because they hated her and wanted to bring her down. It’s like Al Capone getting busted for tax evasion.

    • CTgirl says:

      Yeah, Winona should never mention shopping in an interview. Ever.

    • Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

      How perfect that this was the first comment – Happy Fridayh and thanks for the chuckle 🙂

  2. K says:

    “I don’t want to knock anybody who’s done it[plastic surgery]” – You mean you don’t want to knock yourself, W?

    • Fan says:

      I don’t see that she has had plastic surgery. Winona looks like a natural beauty
      to me.

      • bns says:

        She has definitely had botox. Technically, that’s not surgery, but she isn’t aging naturally like she claims.

      • stinky says:

        oh, her eyes got yanked… but these pics look GREAT, as shes wearing her old-time smokey-eye-look. Shes gorgeous regardless.
        But her eyes got yanked and she looks startled now.
        Totally agree that its not so apparent in this shoot.
        She autographed my Doc Martens at a concert in Sacramento decades ago 🙂
        She thought i was NUTS for asking her to do it – she didnt wanna wreck them w/ a Sharpie (haw)

    • FLORC says:

      She’s had work, but nothing extreme and it was all done very well. She looks her best I think, right now.

      Just can’t hate her/ She’s gotten so much better with time.
      And the theft and thrifty jokes… I won’t it’s too easy and hardly worth it.

    • sticker shock says:

      I read once that Winona uses Retin-A religiously- the hard stuff (and avoids the sun). And she got Johnny Depp to use Retin-A as well and that’s a huge reason why both of them look pretty well-preserved.

  3. Eleonor says:

    The Helen Mirren detail is adorable!
    And I love Prime Suspect too, really.

    • Dustyfoot says:

      I cant be alone in wondering why she is renting a guest house. Shes 42 for godsakes. I think Ms Sticky Fingers here may have smoked/snorted/injected her 90s fortune.

  4. Pumpkin Pie says:

    I love her face in the last pic. Gorgeous

    • elo says:

      That last pic is simply beautiful! I want her skin secrets.

      • MediaMaven says:

        Skincare courtesy of Photoshop………….

      • Marty says:

        I think she has had some work done, but at Sean Penn’s benefit her skin was looking gorgeous, and that definately wasn’t Photoshop.

      • Shantal says:


        She actually has good skin, or at least she used to. I remember Kevyn Aucoin commenting that Winona had the most flawless skin of anyone he worked with.

      • Isabelle says:

        She was one of the celebs that didn’t fall for the faux, tan look. She probably kept out of the sun.

  5. Jujubee says:

    Le sigh….Simply beautiful. Wino forever.

  6. Jaderu says:

    I think she’s fudging a bit on the plastic surgery. It may have only been Botox, but she looked a bit “pulled” last year.
    I don’t care though. Winona never left. Winona forever.

  7. Ice Maiden says:

    Sigh. Is there some rule among magazine editors that EVERY female celeb over the age of 35 or so has to get asked inane questions about ‘ageing’? How many men Winona’s age get asked the same questions?

    • ItSetsYou says:

      I know, it’s annoying.

    • snowflake says:

      well, i don’t think men are as concerned about aging as women, so that’s prob why interviewers don’t ask men about aging, or getting married and having kids. those are topics they prob think women are more interested in. but yeah, it is annoying, esp when we all know female celebs are not going to cop to what they actually do, for fear of backlash. it would be nice if celebrites actually would admit to what they do.

  8. Harryg says:

    She looks great!

  9. Neffie says:

    Nice cover but holy mother of photoshop.

  10. Karen says:

    She’s lovely! The pictures are great, love her in the black see-through number. I wonder if she really hasn’t had plastic surgery..

  11. Quinn Parker says:

    Man, the stories this chick could tell us about 80s and 90s Hollywood!!!

  12. decorative item says:

    I have never liked her in any movie and most especially in Little Women. Horrible! I love that story and watching her was so hard. In everything she does she is the same dull personality. OK, now you may all begin the bashing but, wait for me to find something to hold onto first.

    • Lee says:

      I won’t bash you for the truth. She was painful to watch in Little Women. In fact, let me draw some of the fire for you: She was about as bad in Little Women as Angelina was in Original Sin.

      She does look lovely in these photos though. I actually like her with a dark eye – it plays up her doe-eyed look.

    • mytbean says:

      You know, honestly, I’ve never felt particularly enthralled with her acting abilities either. I liked her in Girl Interrupted and Alien: Resurrection but most of what I’ve seen her in it felt forced. When she delivers her lines it’s like she’s hiding an accent or adopting one that she doesn’t have.

      Oddly enough though, for me it didn’t detract from the films she’s been in for some reason. Maybe because the pieces held up on their own despite the “meh” performance? Or maybe it has to do with my fondness for the era in which she was most famous.

      I adored the brave quirkiness and darkness in many of her older films like Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands and Heathers. And I loved Dracula but not so much for the acting but for the story and the cenimatics. If she weren’t tied to these films I’d probably feel inclined to dismiss her but she’ll forever be ingrained in my memory as little Lydia, dancing to Jump in the Line.

      • dizzylucy says:

        That’s interesting – I wonder if I liked her as an actress, or just liked movies she was in…

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        She was terrible in Dracula–I HATED her voice, she sounded so whiny…but despite that, I loved the scene where Dracula comes into her bed and bites her–Gary saved it.

        But I loved her in Little Women–I didn’t really feel anything for her character in Girl, Interrupted. Maybe because she wasn’t the showy character i.e. Lisa Rowe??? I do think that for the most part, Winona has a certain something, that makes even her bad performances ‘good’….that’s what I like in actors.

    • Granger says:

      I’m so glad you said that! I couldn’t STAND her in Little Women, which has always been one of my favourite books (as cheesy as it is). She was so wrong as Jo.

      The only thing I truly liked her in was The Age of Innocence. She was perfect as the doe-eyed, seemingly-naive young wife whose subtle, insidious manipulation wins in the end.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      Its funny, I never thought she was a great actress, but I always liked her.

  13. Marty says:

    She looks stunning. I love the cloths they picked out fit her too.

  14. Happy21 says:

    I really believe she’s a timeless beauty. By that I don’t mean she doesn’t botox or whatever, I mean that no matter if she’s had work done she still looks amazing for all of her years in Hollywood. And I love that even though she’s been working since she’s a kid she never was the diva or the spoiled bitch actress. Like Leo, she is still extremely humble. I really really like her as a person. I’m not a huge fan of her acting but she seems harmless enough.

    I cannot believe she is only 6 years older than me. I truly feel old now. When I was a teenager she seemed SO much older than me. LOL, obviously in teen years that felt like a lifetime.

    I agree with the person above, if she ever wrote a tell-all, I’d grab it in a second!!

  15. foxyw says:

    Her 30s were rough: “I went through stuff that I probably should have gone through much younger, but I had spent my twenties working.

    ^^^^This. So much this. I’m in my early 30s, and I feel like I’m going through things now that I should have gone through when I was in my late teens and 20s. But I was busy back then, busy with so many things that prevented me from just being my age and experiencing certain things, I guess. I’m paying for it now. Everyone thinks I should go ahead and settle down, but I’m just getting started on living and adventure. I didn’t have the opportunity before now. Get it, Winona!

  16. bns says:

    I adore her. I hope she’s finally happy in her life.

  17. Peanut says:

    I would like to see which Oscar dress was $10. Call me a cynic but I don’t believe her. At all.

    • LAK says:

      I can believe her about the cost of her vintage dresses. Back then, vintage wasn’t a thing nor was it expensive. It also wasn’t as organised as it is now. Sure there were collectors, but you could go to a market and find clothes for nothing that people didn’t really value.

      The fact that Winona didn’t wear designer, but wore vintage was always a thing worth commenting on as though it was part of her quirky persona.

      Generally, it became a fashion trend worth noticing when Demi Moore wore the original GILDA dress (or a very good copy) worn by Rita Hayworth to the Oscars.

      • PoliteTeaSipper says:

        I can too. Before it really went mainstream I could buy sacks full of gowns/dresses and other great vintage gear for $1 a bag at my local flea market…$5 a dress at the thrift shop I loved to go to…sadly that’s no longer the case 10-15 years later. People thought it was just old clothes back then, now they look at what they have and will charge as much as people are willing to pay. I paid $3 for a beautiful yellow silk evening gown with the NRA eagle tag in it. I wore it to my end of year band banquet at school! Idk what I could sell it for now but there’s certainly a market there that wasn’t around when Winona was shopping for Oscar dresses.

  18. Aria says:

    Her post are my favourites. She is amazing!

  19. Maggie says:


  20. ItSetsYou says:

    She looks stunning! There might be some photoshop but she definitely naturally looks very young and beautiful. She was my only rival in my ex’s eyes 😉

  21. Victoria says:

    Kate Middleton’s eyeliner is “gothy” too 🙂

    Writer must’ve made a swift edit. The snark about her heavy makeup was funny, c’mon….

  22. Prettylights says:

    Aaaaahh she is so gorgeous, all around. I am so envious of her gorgeous skin and eyes. She seems grounded and like she has a great personality, I would love to hang with her and shop for vintage clothes. I would also like to hear her stories about her time with Johnny Depp!

    • Granger says:

      I’ll give you her eyes, but how do you know she has gorgeous skin? These pics are so photoshopped, it’s absolutely impossible to tell. She doesn’t have a pore or line. Why don’t they ever do that to men’s faces on these magazine covers???

      • Ella says:

        Men get photoshopped too. Actually many get photoshopped to oblivion (see any recent pictorial with Tom Cruise over the last 5 years).

  23. gg says:

    A little age looks GREAT on Wynona. Her facial structure is very pretty and I never noticed it before.

    • PunkyMomma says:

      I agree. Age is flattering her features. I hope she makes a comeback. I agree that she’s not the best actress in the world and phoned in a couple of performances (Dracula, to name one) but I loved her in Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice.

  24. kay says:

    Who’s the “new man”?

    • Karen says:

      Agreed, why wasn’t this mentioned?!

      Weird that it’s phrased that way, she’s been dating the same guy for at least the last 5 years.

  25. rya says:

    Stunning. Stylish. Strong. Luv her!

  26. basil says:

    I think Johnny Depp should give Winona a call and break it off with wannabe Amber.

  27. Alexis says:

    I love Winona. Never get tired of posts about her. She is so pretty and cool.

  28. Jess says:

    She looks fantastic and sounds great. Yay! I will always love her! And she can really pull off the gothy eye makeup (I’ve never been able to).

  29. Cookie says:

    Winona is ageless and gorgeous.

  30. Grant says:

    Sweet Lord, she looks f*cking flawless.

  31. stephka says:

    Yeah, because some designer GAVE IT TO HER!

    • Agent Sculder says:

      Not likely. Back when Winona was in her heyday, the loaning of dresses was not nearly as common as it is today. If you go back and look at the dresses being worn in the 80s and 90s to the Oscars and other award ceremonies, they were much less glamorous than they are now. It wasn’t really until Uma Thurman wore a lavender Prada gown that got a LOT of attention that wearing a designer dress became a THING again.

  32. Camille (The Original) says:

    Gorgeous! I love that she has been making a ‘come back’ in the last couple of years. Love her.

  33. pru says:

    Simply beautiful.

  34. dread pirate cuervo says:

    I love her so much. Winona forever.

  35. Cupcake says:

    I CANNOT believe she even went there. She’s just lucky she never went to jail, since she was caught shoplifting at at least three other high end stores, besides the one she got busted at (Saks?)

  36. Miss Melain says:

    I don’t see the soft, sweetness of ‘doe eyes.’ I see a dark and solitary soul gazing out large, black portholes observing a world that she doesn’t understand and can’t figure out how to freely move in.

  37. d says:

    Winona forever. she’s been miscast in some movies though. it’s good to see her again. kudos to her for her beauty…she does stand apart from most of hte other women her age in hwood.

  38. mary says:

    I would love to see what she could do with the character of Cersei in Game of Thrones, her and Peter Dinklage and Charles Dance playing off each other.

  39. Jayna says:

    Wynonna was a great twenty-something actress playing late teen roles and quirky twenty-something roles. Her problem with moving on in her thirties was she has a very average voice, very generic. I can’t describe it, but I always noticed it. But as a 20-something role, the kinds of roles she was doing , it was fine. But no so much for a woman. I don’t think she is a great actress. I think she is a decent actress.

    But as far as I’m concerned, the destruction of her career from what she did I never believed in. All the men in the business survive all kinds of scandal and they move right along.

  40. Jen34 says:

    I adore her and think she looks great. IIRC, she mentioned that thrift shop Oscar dress in an interview years ago. I have been a fan of hers since Heathers, and I swear i’ve heard that story before. I will search for it.

  41. TherapyCranes says:

    Gosh, she looks beautiful. The best she’s ever looked in this shoot.