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Fashion Flashback: Versace Fall 1992

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This is one of Gianni Versace’s iconic shows. Even if you didn’t know the season or the year, you’ll recognise the images. They’re everywhere.ย Miss S&M, a very provocative title for a collection, is hard to miss. In fact, its impact can still be seen today. Just last Christmas, Topshop’s campaign images featured Cara Delevingne wearing a dress that was highly inspired by the collection. The lion head necklaces can still be bought in stores today, albeit copies of the originals.

The clothes were uber glamourous with lots of gold hardware and bondage style straps. It was a very sexy type of fashion that only Gianni Versace can do without it looking too vulgar. I actually love it. But most of all, I love the models. I can’t imagine a collection like this working on today’s crop of stars. There is a different body type out there (ultra slim) which the supermodels of the late 80s/early 90s did not fit. Don’t get me wrong, they were slim, but they all had a little something extra – often larger breasts for one. I think the hair and make-up is also stunning, and the colours used are only enhanced by the lighting.

Cara Delevingne's Topshop ads which remind me a lot of this collection, perhaps more toned down.

Cara Delevingne’s Topshop ads which remind me a lot of this collection, perhaps more toned down.

This is a collection that will not be forgotten. It is interesting because I wonder if anybody at the time thought this would happen. If you click through the link further down, you will see a video by Tim Blanks where attendees of the show were interviewed directly after and the reaction wasn’t highly positive. Keep in mind that the AIDS epidemic was at its peak around this time and that promoting sex was shunned as a result. Funny how now, over 20 years later, the clothes could still be worn (and are still worn) like no time has passed. Was Gianni very fashion forward or are we all stuck in the past?

 

See full collection here & Tim Blanks video here.

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