We’ve already discussed the Entertainment Weekly top 10 moments in the fashion of the last 25 years. Besides these, we count few more moments that should’ve made the top, but they didn’t. So these are our most memorable 5 fashion moments in history that no one talks about.
Angela Chase’s bright red dye job on My So-Called Life (1994)
MSCL may have been short-lived (cruelly canceled after only one season), but it was well-loved and influential, and Claire Danes gave the show its heart as awkward, introspective, and, like, relatable protagonist Angela Chase. Her clothes were a mid-’90s fashion nightmare (baggy plaid boxers over black leggings plus flannel shirts…I can’t go on), but when she dyed her hair an unnatural shade of deep red in the opening moments of the pilot episode, I was sold. I know someone who recently asked her hairdresser to dye her locks “Angela Chase red,” so I’m quite sure that I wasn’t the only 14-year-old coveting the hue from my living room!
Shirley Manson sans makeup for Calvin Klein (1999)
As the lead singer for popular ’90s electro-rock group Garbage, Shirley Manson was known for her powerful vocals, short skirts and heavy eye makeup. When Calvin Klein enlisted her for an end-of-the-decade ad campaign, however, the first thing he did was find the fragile girl hiding underneath all that eyeliner. Manson has widely credited this incident with helping her overcome her body dysmorphic disorder – I say it was also important for young girls who needed to understand the transformative power of makeup and that you can be beautiful without all that stuff on your face.
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (2003)
When Bravo premiered this series, in which a team of five gay men dispense advice on fashion, grooming, and hygiene to clueless straight men, they helped create a cultural phenomenon: The metrosexual. It is now acceptable for heterosexual men to obsess about their appearance, spend hours in front of the mirror, and have just as many beauty products as their girlfriends do.
The ascendancy of the fake tan (2002-2004)
Paris, LiLo, Xtina – I’m looking squarely at you. Tans have been popular for decades, but it wasn’t until Paris Hilton turned orange and a certain group of starlets started trying to top each other in the artificial skin tone department that things got out of hand. While Lindsay Lohan has recently been spotted with her freckles showing (horrors!), I’m sorry to report that other fake tan repeat offenders continue to embrace this dubious trend. No, ladies. Just…no.
The films of Quentin Tarantino (1994, 1997, 2003)
When Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar in 1994, it represented a seismic shift in Hollywood filmmaking. Suddenly, there were scads of Tarantino knockoff films everywhere, ripping off his clever ratatat dialogue, disdain for conventional timelines, and love of ultraviolence. But Tarantino shouldn’t be overlooked as a fashion and style tastemaker, either: He singlehandedly resurrected the careers of actors ranging from John Travolta to Pam Grier (1997’s Jackie Brown), and he made the retro look of his films and his characters’ wardrobes undeniably hip. But perhaps the greatest beneficiary of Tarantino’s magic touch has been Uma Thurman. His unusual beauty was put to legendary use as the iconic Mia Wallace, with her severe black bob, fondness for Chanel’s Vamp nail polish and lipstick, and white button-down shirt paired with cropped black pants. Even her yellow-and-black tracksuit and matching sneakers in Kill Bill, Vol.1 (2003) inspired fashion envy. So there you have it! What is your thought on the EW list? What are some other fashion moments that should have cut?