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90's Fashion

History Assignment

Alana Wootten

on 29 August 2013

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1990's Fashion!
Fashion of the 1990s has been quoted as “The decade fashion has forgotten.”
Australians could choose from a diverse range of clothing trends, most of which were a reaction against the materialism and excess of the 1980s. In particular, young people drew inspiration from a variety of sources, rather than following one particular 'look.'
Early 1990's Fashion
The early 1990s saw a continuation of 1980s fashion, women wore denim button down shirts, neon colors, oversized sweaters, T-shirts, sweatshirts, baby doll dresses, trenchcoats lined with fake fur, and black leather jackets. Matching jeans and denim jackets began to be made in darker shades rather than the bleached acid wash of the 1980s.
The "Grunge" look
Grunge fashion derived from the Seattle-based grunge music scene which became popular in Australia in the 1990s with the influenced by bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and Soundgarden.
Influences from Britain

Kate Moss is an English model who rose to fame in the early 90's as part of the heroin chic fashion trend. She was known for her "waif" figure and a role in size zero fashion.
From 1991 onwards, many women wore tight-fitting trousers with elastic boot-straps (stirrup pants/leggings), drainpipe jeans, colored tights, bike shorts, and tartan skirts. Popular accessories included court shoes, cowboy boots, headscarves, leggings, and penny loafers
Typical grunge fashion for young women may have included long, straight hair and flowing, feminine skirts, combined with punk influences like heavy, black Doc Martens boots and body piercings. Young men also wore their hair long, and sported shabby, baggy pants, ripped t-shirts and flannelette shirts.
The rise of alternative 'grunge' fashion in the early 1990s was one of the most significant trends of the decade. Grunge was an eclectic trend that combined two very different forms of rebellion from previous decades - the 1970s 'hippie' and 1980s 'punk' movements. Grunge-style clothing was often oversized, baggy and torn and featured dark, subdued colours. Hair was kept deliberately messy and un-styled.
Leotards made worn as tops with jeans were popular. A common outfit was to wear a skirt, dress shorts, babydoll or minidress with black opaque tights, white slouch socks and white sneakers.
Kate Moss
Kate first launched her modeling career in the late 80's but was known as the "wafer-thin girl from London"
and didn't fit in with the super models of that decade - tall, curvaceous and elegant women. She brought the grungy fashion trend to the fashion industry that eventually spread around the Australia.

Kate's influence on the fashion world is unmatchable. While redefining the 90s fashion throughout the world, Kate introduced the world to Calvin Klein
Social Feature
Cultural Feature
Alot of cultures that include the American and British cultures had a big influence on what Australians in the 90's wore. Because most of the entertainment was from those 2 countries it influenced the Australian people with what they wore.
Retro Fashion in the 90's
Young Australians seeking to define themselves through fashion in the 1990s often turned to the past for inspiration. Retro, or 'retrospective' clothing, was popular throughout the decade. As mainstream fashion became more uniform and globalised, young people scoured market stalls and second-hand clothing shops to find unique, quirky items of clothing from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
Retro fashion drew from the past to create a distinctive new look. Old tie-dyed shirts, knitted cardigans, polyester dresses and leather jackets would often be teamed with modern clothes like jeans and cargo pants.
Hairstyles in the 90's
Hairstyles in the 1990s moved away from the big, bouffant, heavily-styled look popular in the 1980s, towards a more natural look. Throughout the decade, hairstyle trends varied considerably.
Some women wore their hair long and straight, others opted for a short, textured style. Others took inspiration from television and film stars. The long, sleek 'Rachel' (Friends) haircut, for example, was the most widely-copied female hair style of the decade.
Pearl Jam
Sports Clothing
Mainstream Australian fashion in the 1990s was heavily influenced by sports clothing, a trend that carried over from the fitness craze of the 1980s. Comfortable, stretchy clothing, like fleecy tracksuits, became common everyday attire. Clothing from brand-name sportswear companies like Nike and Adidas was considered highly fashionable.
The 1990s sportswear craze was also fuelled by the influence of American rap and hip-hop artists. Young Australian men flocked to wear back-to-front baseball caps and basketball jerseys like their favourite hip-hop stars. Extra-baggy trousers, worn low on the waist to reveal brand-name boxer shorts, were another hip-hop inspired trend.
Influences from the USA
Nirvana was said to be one of the most influential bands of the 90's along with Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Radiohead, Red Hot Chilli Peppers ect. Nirvana's had a massive influence to the way people dress as they helped the grunge look come into fashion.
Lead singer of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain influenced the masses of youth in the 90’s to adopt the grunge/alternative lifestyle.
Nirvana was an American rock band formed by singer/
guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in 1987. They then gained their drummer Dave Grohl in 1990

Boy and girl bands like the Backstreet Boys,
N'Sync and the Spice Girls had an influence
on the fashion in the 90's as they had large
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