ByJonathan J Moya, writer at
Movie loving owner of a fashion boutique.
Jonathan J Moya

The Scooby Doo gang normally travels in faux supernatural realms while solving their mysteries.

The irrational part of the gang (Shaggy and Scooby Doo) were unfashionable. Scooby being a dog, naturally wore nothing. Shaggy never seemed to change his clothes, always wearing the same t-shirt and pants.

The rational part of the gang (Velma, Daphne and Fred) were always confident, unfazed and in style. Their confidence, intelligence and fashion sense were the unbreakable armor that the faux supernatural villains could never pierce.

The whole gang would make great time travelers - and probably do it very stylishly.

As proof, I present the work of Julia Wytrazek, a digital designer based in England. She dresses the gang in 10 decades worth of 20th Century fashion all while keeping their personalities and familiar color schemes.

All quotes come from comments on Wytrazek's website.

In this illustration, I took the liberty of giving both Velma and Shaggy coats - I imagined Velma as an adventuring archaeologist, and her conservative and practical outfit followed. Shaggy I felt would be a bohemian artist, spending his days lazily in cafes and opium dens. The fashionable Daphne would be the quintessential Gibson Girl, with an ample quiff and fashionable dress. Fred's little sailor uniform from the original show inspired me to cast him as an actual marine - the uniform is not entirely historically accurate, mind you, but as close as I felt I could get whilst still retaining Fred's original look.

Velma's outfit (and pose) I based entirely on an original fashion illustration from the 20s, I loved the outfit instantly and thought it fit her sensibilities, hat, scarf and all. Daphne's look is a cross between a flapper dress and her original costume with the two-tiered skirt. This is also the only decade in which I altered her hair length, as I felt the outgoing Daphne would be among the first to bob her hair. Shaggy's disheveled jacket and crooked tie are nods to Charlie Chaplin's Tramp character (though I couldn't bring myself to give him the moustache.) Fred's riding outfit I copied very closely from Ted Buchanan's costume from the 2013 movie - it may not be the most authentic, but very recogniseable!

In the 1930s illustration, Velma is sporting a summery trouser/shirt combo and finger waves in her hair. This decade also marks the beginnings of more imaginative glasses becoming the norm. Daphne's pin-curled hair piled high on her forehead was the height of Hollywood-inspired glamour fashion in the 30s, and her dress is a smart and modest piece for the time. Shaggy and Fred's looks are both based on a lovely vintage phpto of the period I found of a group of city-dwellers out in the country. I fancy Shaggy being a passionate literature teacher in this incarnation.

1940s Fred is back in the US marine dress uniform, again adapted to fit his original outfit, and Velma a factory worker supporting the war effort, a tribute to Rosie the Riveter. I was surprised to see how modern the work boots of the time looked - though of course, none were dyed red. Daphne sports a recoloured 1945 Claire McCardell sundress and a Veronica Lake hairdo. Shaggy I based on a young Bing Crosby, "the first hip white person born in the United States" (in the words of Artie Shaw).

Two most popular skirt shapes in the 50s were pencil (Velma) and circle (Daphne). The pencil skirt was quite difficult to walk in, more so if it was longer, so I felt Velma would go for the slightly less fashionable just past the knee length and retain some comfort. Daphne, in a high school fashion, can afford to go for the popular mid calf length. A skirt like this would have been worn with a petticoat. Clean cut Fred goes to college on a sports scholarship, whereas Shaggy flunked out and became a beat poet.

Velma's hair is based on Twiggy's famous pixie cut, and both she and Daphne are wearing fashionable mini skirts. Daphne's dress is a recolour of a Mondrian tribute Yves Saint Laurent dress. Her original pink tights compliment the 60s look perfectly, and the hairband makes a comeback in her teased half-up 'do. Fred's costume is largely copied from fashion illustrations of leisure outfits for society men, whereas Shaggy's look is based entirely on John Lennon circa 1967.

The first Scooby Doo series ran from 1969 to 197X, so this decade would be where the original outfits would fall on the timeline. I kept Velma and Shaggy closest to their first incarnations, taking Velma down a more fashionable route with a fringed skirt rather than pleated, and making Shaggy more obviously a hippie. Fred's look is a combination of 70s fashion catalogue illustrations and the style of Kelso from That '70s Show. This is the only version of Daphne which I decided to put in trousers rather than a dress, as I felt she wouldn't miss out on such a fashionable item. It perfectly compliments the Farrah hair.

Power suit! I adore exaggerated shoulders and loved drawing Velma as a serious businesswoman. For Daphne, a Cyndi Lauper/Madonna look seemed most fitting. Shaggy continues as the counterculture example, an 80s punk, and Fred continues as the square of the group - Miami Vice style.

Is there a more 90s haircut than the Rachel? Velma's whole outfit is based on the famous Friends character, including the knee socks, surprisingly similar to the original. Daphne's clothes are less colourful than usual - it's Buffy! Perfect 90s outfit from a perfect 90s show, and of course Sarah Michelle Gellar portrayed both Daphne and Buffy. Accessorised with a stake, ready to dust some vamps. Fred's fallen in with the preppy crowd, while Shaggy is all about grunge.

(Via Design Taxi)

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