Musicians Who Defined Nineties Style

From Beastie Boys to Gwen Stefani, the artists who ruled the decade's fashion
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Björk may be the most imaginatively dressed performer on the planet, a legacy she's held for nearly 20 years. She also never repeats herself something even Madonna and Gwen Stefani can't say. In 1993's clip for "Big Time Sensuality," Bjork emerges as a Nordic nymph in a bleak cityscape, prancing her way around in an avant-gardist maxi skirt and top combo,  her hair twisted into several soon-to-be-trademark topknots (later mimicked, ironically, by both Madonna and Stefani).

Things only got stranger and more fantastical from there. She appeared as a samurai from another galaxy on 1997's Homogenic; fittingly, Alexander McQueen designed the iconic album cover. On this album, she was a warrior, she says: "A warrior who had to fight not with weapons, but with love. I had 10 kilos of hair on my head, and special contact lenses and a manicure that prevented me from eating with my fingers, and gaffer tape around my waist and high clogs so I couldn't walk easily."  She became famous to a whole new demographic only a few years later, when she appeared at the Oscars in a dress resembling a white swan, an incident that went on to inspire its own Wikipedia page.

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