In case you’re wondering when excitement over ’90s fashion will dial down, the answer is: not any time soon. The decade has inspired us to change up our personal wardrobes, has made us reconsider style stars who were killing it in a time when social media didn’t exist, and has simply made us revisit glamorous moments for much-welcomed nostalgia. The below falls into the latter. As Haute Couture Fashion Week shows will begin in just a few days in Paris (July 1 to be specific), we’re remembering what the runways looked like over 20 years ago.
In digging into the haute couture looks of the ’90s we pinpointed some of the wildest moments—some that are truly theatrical, some that are timelessly awe-inspiring, and some, well, that are just very ’90s. Across the board, we appreciate it all.
Follow along on a trip down memory lane and quite a bit of eye candy below.
Assuming the most powerful of power poses at Balmain in 1991.
Dior’s 1991 show didn’t skimp on any theatrics.
Versace and Naomi Campbell did the Met Gala’s Heavenly Bodies theme justice in 1992.
Cindy Crawford taught Kaia Gerber everything she knows, like how to rock a voluminous skirt as seen on the Chanel couture runway in ’93.
Claudia Schiffer as a Chanel bride in ’93.
No ’90s runway retrospective is complete without Kate Moss, and this look from the Yves Saint Laurent 1993 show is leaving us speechless.
Jerry Hall is a literal golden goddess at Dior in 1993.
A modern-day Scarlett O’Hara on the 1993 Emanuel Ungaro runway.
Before there was Jacquemus, there was Givenchy haute couture ’94.
Angelina may have had the best high-cut slit of the ’00s, but Carla Bruni takes the 1995 championship in Christian Lacroix.
Thierry Mugler’s 1997 show created quite the buzz.
Cult model Devon Aoki in Chanel’s take on a low-rise ballgown skirt in 1999.
Next take a look at Who What Wear’s stunning and inspiring June cover star, Sasha Lane.