Friday, April 6, 2012
Fashion and music always worked hand in hand. Models oftentimes appeared in music videos and still do. However, in 1990 George Michael fused the two together with his hit Freedom featuring five of the top supermodels of that time and perhaps of all time -- Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford and Tatjana Patiz.
When this video came out, it should have been evident that the 90s would become iconic in fashion. Fashion was at the forefront again and everyone was taking notice. If I was on the fence about whether or not I wanted to be a fashion designer Freedom! '90 along with the late, great Gianni Versace helped to make me certain that fashion design was what I wanted to do.
If the 1970s is fashion's favorite decade to look to for inspiration then the 1990s was fashion's It decade. Models was fabulously glamorous, designers were superstars and musical artists were fashionistas and muses. The 90s brought about fashion freedom!
From Madonna's trendsetting videos, which made Jean-Paul Gaultier a household name all the way to teens becoming Clueless about many things except fashion. The 90s showed fashion that could fit any body type. While models were not plus-size by any means they were curvier, more full-bodied than their slimmer contemporary counterparts. They represented women who had larger breasts (Claudia Schiffer and Helena Christensen), those who had an athletic forms (Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford), women who were slimmer with slight curves (Linda Evangelista and Karen Mulder) and the curvy goddess shape (Christy Turlington and Yasmeen Ghauri).
To celebrate the decade that brought us so much in fashion, here is Freedom! '90. Enjoy, lovelies!
Main Image Credit: Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz