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Melissa Joan Hart: Clarissa’s a muse

Melissa Joan Hart is happy Clarissa’s fashion “inspired” people.

The 38-year-old actress took on the role of the bubbly teenager in the hit ’90s TV show, which wrapped up in 1994. During her time on the program she wore a host of head-turning outfits all resonant of the era, such as tie-dye and denim.

Looking back at the fashion, Melissa realizes how significant her alter ego’s style was away from the small screen.

“What I hear on the street from fashion designers and people in the industry is that they were inspired by her. Jaime Pressly, who’s a friend of mine, was doing a clothing line for a while, and some of the girls working for her were just, like, crazy about [Clarissa],” Melissa recalled to

“I, myself, was being dressed in these things and I’m like, ‘I don’t get it.’ And I’d try to mimic it myself, but it’s actually so hard – the way they were putting things together doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. It’s wasn’t like, match a purse with your shoes… it kind of went against all the laws and all the fashion rules, and I think that’s what people liked about it. People love a fashion rebel.”

Melissa was dressed by costume designers Lisa Lederer and Bruce Marshall on the show. A decade on the former teen star still sees hints of rebelliousness like Clarissa’s in other female celebrates.

“Look at Lady Gaga or Rihanna – any of the ones that stand out are the ones that take the risks. And Clarissa took a lot of risks and people really loved it,” Melissa smiled. “I saved every single piece that I wore on that show and I have them in my theatre closet in my basement. My dad is in construction so we have full theatre closets where I keep everything. I’m a total hoarder.”

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