I found these fashion illustrations from the 90’s stored away in my parent’s garage, photographed them, and cleaned them up in Adobe Photoshop. I must have designed this collection in 1990 at Otis before I left for Parsons in Paris. The spool-shaped heels were “in” along with square-toed shoes, ankle length skirts were as popular as mini skirts, and strong color combinations were all the rage. Here are a few of the illustrations, painted with gouache and finished with pencil, along with my memories of 90’s fashion.
Cropped Tops! Bustiers! Maxi Skirts! 90’s Fashion in Full Force
Back when I was in school learning the skills needed to survive in the fashion industry my classmates and I felt incredibly smug about the superiority of our generation, at least in terms of style. Gone were the shoulder pads, big bows, neon colors, acid wash jeans and big hair of the 80’s. We were ushering in a more elegant, beautiful and stylish period in fashion. I look back at the time and can’t help but like the look, but I know so many people who don’t agree! “Oh the 90’s were SO ugly.” they say. I know it’s normal for the current generation to look back at the style of the last one and say “yuck”, but I don’t remember the 90’s being all that terrible.
Fashion Illustrations from the 90’s
I really don’t know why the girl above is wearing white tights. I seem to remember I liked the look at the time, it certainly wouldn’t happen now! The black mini dress is pretty classic though.
Bustier tops would stay in fashion for another 10 years, especially in evening wear, and the crop top was the look of the 90’s. The pleated mini skirt goes in and out of fashion every few years. I’ve always liked them.
What do you think of these fashion illustrations from the 90’s? Fugly or fun?