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The 1990s is often referred to as the era of the supermodels, and we witnessed the rise of a group of iconic and highly influential models who dominated the fashion industry.

During the 90’s fashion design also underwent a significant shift, departing from the opulence of the preceding decade and embracing a more relaxed and minimalist approach. This period witnessed the emergence of diverse subcultures and influential fashion movements.

At the upcoming IACDE 3D Summit we have chosen to focus on six trends that dominated the decade.

The Power Suit of the 90’s

image credit: Giorgio Armani Fall 1992
Guy Marineau © Guy Marineau
Image Credit: Giorgio Armani Spring 1991
Guy Marineau © Guy Marineau

While the Power Suit of the 80’s was designed with huge and hard shoulders, the early 90’s saw a shift where the suits became softer and more slouchy for both genders.


image credit: Donna Karan Fall 1998
Guy Marineau © Guy Marineau
image credit: Emporio Armani Spring 1999
Guy Marineau © Guy Marineau

In contrast to the bold and excessive styles of the 1980s, the 1990s saw a shift towards minimalism and simplicity. These designers championed clean lines, neutral colors, and understated elegance. The focus was on refined tailoring, sleek silhouettes, and high-quality fabrics. Minimalist fashion became synonymous with sophistication and timeless appeal.

The Slip Dress

image credit: Gucci Fall 1996
Guy Marineau © Guy Marineau
image credit: Prada Spring 1997
Guy Marineau © Guy Marineau

In the 90’s the slip dress truly came into its own as a fashion statement. The style was popularized by the iconic supermodels of the era who wore it on and off the runway. The dresses typified the sartorial minimalism of the decade.


POISON IVY, Drew Barrymore, 1992
©New Line Cinema/Courtesy Everett Collection

The rise of grunge music, spearheaded by bands like Nirvana, heavily influenced fashion in the early 1990s. Grunge fashion embraced a disheveled and anti-establishment aesthetic, characterized by oversized flannel shirts, ripped jeans, combat boots, and layers of mismatched clothing. It was mostly worn in a loose-fitted, androgynous style that took the focus away from the silhouette.

Streetwear/Hip Hop

TLC, 1994
Matthew Jordan Smith © Matthew Jordan Smith

The 1990s witnessed the mainstream rise of hip-hop culture, and its influence on fashion was undeniable. Baggy jeans, oversized graphic t-shirts, baseball caps, sneakers, and gold jewelry became defining elements of streetwear.


FLOUR BABIES, Ian Ziering, 1990
© CBS / Courtesy: Everett Collection

Tracksuits were a popular trend in the 90s and were often worn as casual or athletic wear. The suits were made of comfortable, stretchy fabric and were available in a range of colors and patterns. They were often worn as a complete set or as separate pieces, paired with sneakers or athletic shoes.