Two words, Naomi Campbell. In all seriousness the shows that were held in the 90’s are my all time favourites, and I watch them over and over again on Youtube, wishing I’d have been around to experience them. From the supermodels, to the iconic designs, everything about these shows are unbeatable to what we see today. Sure we have more theatrics, but I don’t see how you can even begin to compare Gucci’s fire runway to Alexander McQueen’s robot spray painted dress in 99. Don’t get me wrong I loved both, but there’s something special about 90’s runways. Maybe it’s the nostalgia talking, but take a look at some of the shows below and see what you think.
I mentioned Gianni Versace a few posts ago, but his Fall ready to wear collection in 1991 was truly breathtaking. It solidified the impact of the supermodels – a far cry from the Instagram famous girls we see parading down the runways today.
The runway show that had it all – even custom Chanel roller skates! Chanel Spring 1994 had lots of plaid, plenty of chains, and even the odd suspender or too. This show had lots of pop culture references from the time, making it one of my favourite collections Chanel has ever produced and I wish Chanel was still doing powerful collections like this.
I did a post a few weeks ago about my love for Azzedine Alaïa, and 1991 Fall collection was no exception. The collection that made knitwear ultra sexy, Alaïa presented the show long after the season had ended staying true to his ethos of only showing collections when they were ready.
As mentioned before Alexander McQueen’s Spring 1999 show is one of my all time favourites, for the spray painting robot alone. Merging perform art and fashion was a genius move, and the outcome was stunning.
John Galliano has never been one to stray from dramatics, and his Spring 1998 couture collection for Dior was no exception. Hosted at Paris’s Opera Garnier, models gathered on the marble steps, in outfits suitable for the grandest of balls. The finale even had pastel-colored tissue-paper confetti cut into the shape of tiny butterflies showering the models in true Galliano style.
The last show I’m going to mention is Viktor & Rolf’s fall Russian Doll collection in 1999. Instead of a bog standard runway, model Maggie Rizer stood on a rotating platform and was dressed on the runway in the garments, starting in humble hessian dresses and getting more lavish and extravagant as the show went on.
This is just a handful of iconic shows from the 90’s. It’s an era in fashion that can never be mimicked, and in my mind never topped. However if Dior want to try and up their game to this level again, I’ll be eagerly awaiting it!
Until next time,
Images sourced from Vogue