Readers, you know you're getting old when someone asks "Remember the Nineties?" and you assume they mean the 1890's.
Today it's time to jog your fashion memory, as we go back in time seventeen years. This morning Michael fished this fantastic March 1995 issue of Vogue (Would you call it...vintage? -- Eek!) out of the trash and it's an amazing look at where we were not all that long ago. Seems like only yesterday to me, though some of you were still in Pampers, or maybe your kids were.
So, the Nineties... (I'll now channel the spirit of Milton Berle.) When the only thing that tweeted were birds. When you could like something and nobody else had to know. When friend and text were nouns. When Amazon was a tall woman in a loincloth.
It's funny about 1995: life really had a different texture. This was the end of the pre-Internet days and life and fashion still felt relatively sane. It's not like the clothes themselves were so different -- in fact, these styles (which weren't original then, mostly) are still around today, it's just that everything else from every other era is around too. It's all a big jumble.
Remember the supermodels? They're nearly all present in the March Vogue. Cindy, Helena, and Claudia!
Madonna is everywhere -- by 1995 she was already considered over the hill and desperately trying to stay current -- but otherwise there actually aren't a whole lot of celebrities in this magazine. Fashion and Hollywood still occupied two different spheres; how refreshing! No red carpets or reality show personalities.
I didn't remember that in the mid-Nineties we were going through a Forties/Fifties Hollywood-inspired glamour revival (Aren't we always?), but it's true. Luxe was the word of the moment and it sounded fresh; we'd just been through grunge. Lots of cinched waists, pencil skirts, lacquered hair, and pin-up poses.
Remember Kristen McMenamy? (Photographer Steven Meisel; Fashion Editor Grace Coddington):
The suit revival was big too. There was no fleece.
Nothing here looks like it would be out of place today to me, including Shalom Harlow (photos by Bruce Weber). What do you think?
You can view more images from the March 1995 Voguehere. Does any image seem particularly iconic or representative of that not-so-long-ago (in years) era?
Readers, how do you remember fashion of the Nineties? Anything here or that you were wearing at the time that would look ridiculous today? Hmmm...
What do you think is the big difference between then and now, other than the complete absence of Angelina, Jen, and Snooki?
Is it time for a Nineties revival, and what would that be exactly?
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