Perhaps no one embodied the sudden reactionary shift in Nineties beauty and style ideals better than Courtney Love. She took a cue from the Riot Grrl scene and paired babydoll dresses with smeared eyeliner and torn stockings to create the cynical “kinderwhore” look, an instant obsession of every girl who felt like an outcast in the mid-1990s. Consider it a slightly more politically charged version of grunge; apathy turned into ruinous angst, which soon became high fashion’s favorite pose. It was a force of nature that sent shockwaves through mainstream Nineties style.
Gallery by Colleen Nika