1990s Music

When looking for inspiration for your 1990s costume,why not look at what was happening

musically during the decade?

Popular music Icons of the 1990s

Bjork One of the more eccentric performers of the 1990s was Icelandic singer Bjork, formerly with The Sugarcubes. Her look and fashions were often quirky, although she saved her best efforts until 2001 with the Swan dress she wore at the Oscars ceremony that year.

Britney Spears – Iconic dull Schoolgirl outfit (grey sweater, blouse tied to make a crop-top), black skirt, pigtails (or braids).

Courtney Love – Grunge dress and disheveled hair/make-up look.

Goth-style (Clash or Siouxsie Sioux) – Black or purple colour-scheme, with heavy use of black liner and lipstick.

Kurt Cobain (Grunge) – Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana who apparently took his own life in 1994, is another classic grunge fashion icon.

Kylie Minogue – After breaking away from Stock, Aitken & Waterman in 1992, Kylie experimented with a number of music-styles and looks for promo videos. These included a Barbarella-style space-princess (Put Yourself in My Place) and, rarely seen now, a white-haired geisha creation (German Bold Italic).

M C Hammer-Key to the look are baggy parachute trousers. Off-the-peg outfits have these in gold or metallic.

Madonna – After her success in the 1980s, the 1990s saw Madonna enter her Vogue period and we saw her infamous cone bra gold top. She was also involved in a number of movies from Dick Tracy (1990) to Evita (1996).

Shania Twain – Country music girl who crossed to the mainstream, helped by some distinctive videos such as Man, I Feel Like a Woman and That Dont Impress Me Much.

Spice Girls Created in 1994, their first single was Wannabe and showcased Baby (Emma Bunton), Ginger (Geri Halliwell), Posh (Victoria Adams now Beckham), Scary (Mel B Melanie Brown) & Sporty (Mel C Melanie Chisholm). Each had their own unique look, but the most popular has been the Geri (Ginger) Spice Union Jack Dress. Several variations available.

The Three Tenors Not exactly popstars in the true sense, but Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras & Luciano Pavorotti brought their voices to the masses as the Three Tenors and popularised the tailcoat and evening dress once again.

Musicals

Blues Brothers 2000 (1998) Dan Aykroyd and the band are joined by a few new members including John Goodman. Time to break out the dark suits, skinny ties, porkpie hats and shades.

Cats (1998) The film version of the popular stage show, featuring different cats based on T S Eliots Old Possums Book of Practical Cats.

Evita (1996) Starring Madonna as Eva Peron, wife of the Argentinian President Juan Peron.

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) The cult Australian comedy film about cabaret, two drag queens and a transsexual, which later became a stage show cult classic

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