From Madhuri's purple saree and ‘Dhak Dhak’ blouse to Shah Rukh Khan's 'cool' quotient and Karishma Kapoor's dresses, we take you through the defining moments of fashion history from the nineties.
1. Madhuri Magic: The ‘Dhak Dhak’ girl, who was once considered one of the top leading ladies of the era, single-handedly set the trend for wearing heavily embellished wedding outfits. From the iconic emerald green lehenga from the ‘Chane ke Khet Mein’ song in ‘Anjaam’, to the many attires she donned in the innumerable songs in ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’, Madhuri has spread stardust over all the weddings we have attended thus far.
2. ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ AKA the Most Stylish Movie Ever: This tale of friendship and love (wherein friendship = love), embodied the term ‘cool’. King Khan and his two leading ladies won over the audiences with their chemistry and cool quotient. From friendship bands, bobs with hairbands, and trendy sportswear to a necklace embedded with the word ‘cool’ – watching the movie was like window shopping at the mall.
3. The Hero and the Hat: Heroes, well in their thirties, were still playing the young boy next-door roles with ease and the audiences lapped it up. Two such memorable mentions go out to Shah Rukh Khan in ‘Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa’, who won over many hearts with his underdog character, and Aamir Khan, who made a loveable romantic lead in ‘Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahin’. What did their plain outfits have in common? A captain hat worn throughout the length of the movie, which was a true statement of their characters.
4. The Sari Saga Continued: Yash Raj might have exhausted the chiffon-clad-feminine-heroine-singing-in-the-stunning-locales-of-Europe image now, but the 90s were still the pinnacle of their glam romantic dream. Sri Devi in ‘Chandni’, Juhi Chawla in ‘Darr’, and Madhuri Dixit in ‘Dil To Pagal Hain’, looked like ethereal goddesses in flowy, sheer, and bright saris.
5. Karishma Kapoor, the Clotheshorse: Karishma had a long run at the box-office in the 90s, with almost two movies releasing per year. And with the many movies came changes in costumes – some good, some bad, and some ugly. Her tube dresses in neon colours were a bold choice, while her peppy outfits in ‘Hero no. 1’ were more sombre. It’s best to forget the hair extensions, over-the-top shimmer, and shorter than shorts dresses. After all, the 90s are now over.
Shilpa Shetty and Her Animal Print Fetish: Leopard, zebra, tiger… there was no animal Ms Shetty left untapped. Before you call PETA, we’re talking about the prints. ‘Main Khiladi Tu Anadi’and ‘Baazigar’ were just a few examples. Personally, too, the actress loves her animal prints and is still seen wearing them. Move on!