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In the 1990's, what was the fashion like in developed nations, particularly Australia?

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In the 1990's, what was the fashion like in developed nations, particularly Australia?

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durbanville | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 25, 2013 at 12:24 PM (Answer #1)

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As with many things, changes in fashion include revisiting styles from classic periods

including elegant, bias-cut satin gowns (1930s), simple A-line shift dresses (1960s), and bell-bottom jeans (1970s).

Australia has long been a sports-mad country and its style reflects this. When Sydney won the bid to host the 2000 Olympics, a sports' culture intensified - after the fitness boom of the 80s. Sports men and women featured on magazines' front-covers and a less-is-more philosophy developed with this informal style popularized by athletes.

The drain pipe jeans from the late '80s continued in popularity as did "stirrup" pants and leggings although they did fade in favor of a more straight-legged jean-type later in the decade.  

The 1990s saw universal changes in attitudes, styles and even architecture. Fashionistas included adapted - but not new - art forms as part of fashion. Tattoos and body piercing became part of the "dress code" for many.

Long, floral skirts and wedge heels were an Australain and British favorite. As the 1990s progressed, the crop-top became popular. Australia has always preferred an informal style and this suited it. Men and women

adopted a more casual stance, making cotton khaki pants and knit tops staples for both home and office attire.

For children, Disney had a huge influence and Disney clothing became a huge phenomenum.

The bright colors that started the 1990s did not continue as "grunge" became popular. Loose-fitting, dark clothing suited the more relaxed style of the 1990s for men and women. "Grunge" was an ecletic mix of punk and "hippie" and originated in the US. Oversized and baggy became the order of the day.

No more power suits and a more relaxed work ethic was reflected in office wear. Working from home also became steadily more popular in the 1990s also reinforcing a casual style and

designers created softer, less constructed clothes.


Australians, trying to be unique, looked to adapt previous styles and became "retro" - even 2nd-hand clothing - now called "vintage" clothing was sought-after and worn with modern accessories or clothing to complete the whole "retro" image.

Due to the globalization of fashion, oriental influences - especially the "mandarin" collar became a popular choice.

The 1990s also had some "fads" - hypercolor clothes - which changed color according to body-heat. Whilst initially very popular in Australia, they did not last as they lost their color -changing abilities if washed in hot water.

Generally, the 1990s saw advancements in technology that made clothes easier to wear, more comfortable and even the  non-iron concept was introduced late in the decade. With the turn of the century looming, it was a case of making a 20th century impact in the 21st century.  


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