Musicians Who Defined Nineties Style

From Beastie Boys to Gwen Stefani, the artists who ruled the decade's fashion
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Marilyn Manson

For Marilyn Manson, clothes were never just clothes: they were weapons. First showing up as a "Spooky Kid" in the early 1990s Florida scene, Manson's image augmented his band's overall ascent to notoriety. In 1995's "The Beautiful People," he used prosthetics, stilts and white-out contacts to ghoulishly distort his overall appearance, resources he continued to don throughout his career. Manson's most creative incarnation is arguably 1998's "Dope Show" persona, where he embodied a warped resurrection of David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust character. At that year's VMAs, he performed in feathers, red hair, prosthetic breasts and "assless" chaps akin to Prince's, equally scarring and fascinating his audience for life.

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