In 2002 blue crush, Anne Marie (Kate Bosworth) spends all her days surfing with her little sister Penny (Mika Boorem) and her friends Eden (Michelle Rodriguez) and Lena (Sanoe Lake) in Hana – a small town in Maui, Hawaii. The group shares a big dream: to one day surf Hawaii’s famous North Shore. Eventually, Anne Marie is invited to participate in a surfing competition there, on the Banzai Pipeline. If she wins, it would help lift the foursome out of poverty. The film follows their journey – and along the way, it gives us plenty of cinematic wave shots and even better surfer style. In fact, even 20 years later, the film’s swimwear – to use a surfers’ phrase – is totally tearing up.
Costume designed by Susan Matheson, blue crushThe fashion vibe of is unsurprisingly all about practical swimwear. The foursome surf in two-piece bikinis that reflect their personalities (these days most professional surfers ride the waves in jumpsuit tops, although bikinis are still a popular option). Anne Marie, the film’s ambitious girl-next-door, plays it often classic in shades of blue and black. In one scene, she wears a Billabong surf top; the exact – described as “rare” – is on eBay for $50 (£41). Eden, the feisty friend, has more than one advantage: she’ll pair her American flag print bra with long swim shorts. On their own, every bikini in the film is sleek and simple – but Matheson clearly had fun contrasting each of the swimsuits, with the group shots creating a punchy clash of colors, stripes and tie-dye prints.