It’s prevalent within society how much everybody misses the 90’s. After all, it’s referred to as the “good old days” for a reason. Though I was not alive during this time, it’s really fascinating how much the era impacts fashion. Especially with Gen-Z fashion, 90’s collections are often seen as the blueprint. As I got sucked into the rabbit hole of researching collection after collection, I found top-tier looks from a range of artists. Amongst the following collections, are the most iconic and jaw-dropping archives from everyone’s favorite era.
Betsy Johnson FW 1997
In 1978, Betsy Johnson and Chantal Bacon partnered up to create a fashion label that would transform the fashion industry forever. Inspired by the new wave and punk subculture, the designers have continued to create immaculate pieces of work that embody their rebellious and feminine vision. Within the FW 1997 collection, I especially loved the designers’ use of layering different fabrics.
Chantal Thomass FW 1994
In 1967, Chantel Thomass made dresses out of reused scarves which she would then sell to a local store, Dorothee Bis. That year, she and her husband created their own brand for unconventional clothes for the youth. Now retired from her position as creative director, her FW 1994 collection continues to inspire ongoing generations.
Anna Sui SS 1994
From the suburbs of Detroit to New York City, the young Anna Sui launched her first collection in 1981 only two years after attending Parsons. With the help of Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista, Sui was able to premier her very first runway show in 1991. Within the SS 1994 collection, the designer did an exceptional job at presenting concepts of nostalgia through a luxury lens.
Chloé FW 1998
Founded by French designer Gaby Aghion in 1952, the fashion label Chloé has been around for quite some time now. Aghion, unfortunately, passed away in 2014 at the age of 93. Though it’s been some time since the tragedy, the industry continues to acknowledge and cherish her incredible work.
Chanel SS 1994
Arguably one of the most iconic Chanel lines to existing, the SS 1994 collection is ever-changing the way future generations view fashion. From the plaid fabric, matching sets, and corsets, this specific fashion line has set precedents for all trends in the late 90s. These minuscule yet important details can be found within Gen-Z fashion and future generations to come.