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90s vintage blouses

October 6, 2015

90s vintage blouses are a great find because they come in two styles – the opulent, oversized version and the tiny, midriff baring version.

Versace 90s Vintage Blouses

90s vintage blouses made by Versace (or at least looking like they were made by Versace) are a popular choice. Silky and oversized, they are a great canvas for Versace’s trademark baroque prints.


Gianni Versace (1946 – 1997) started his company in Milan in 1978 and his designs were immediately successful, epitomising the “More is More” side of the 1980s and 1990s.

Glamorous womens 90s vintage blouses

He became known for his ultra glamorous designs, dressing celebrities in incredibly sexy, over the top designs. That safety pin dress that Elizabeth Hurley will forever by known for? That was Versace. His designs were never demure or toned down. He said, ‘I don’t believe in good taste.’

That statement is reflected in the number of exuberant Versace 90s vintage blouses there are to choose from. He used the whole length of the material to produce an oversized design, rather than a small design with repeats, and incorporated the shape of the blouse into the prints too. So the edges are wound round with printed gilt chains, a chequer design or jungle leaves. They were usually worn with leggings – either plain black or matching for extra impact.

Famous artists

Versace was an inveterate visitor to museums all over the world and took his inspiration from art and museum pieces from all time periods, often doing a kind of crazy mix n match. He collected 20th Century art too, and had work by Picasso, Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol – whose silkscreen work he had printed over gowns in one collection. He also printed a gown with Vogue covers for another.

90s Vintage Blouses for party people

The designer was a hugely popular party person, and out as a gay man, living with his partner. He designed for lots of celebrities including Naomi Campbell, Cher, Sting, Elton John, Madonna and Princess Diana, who wore one of his dresses when she wanted to re-invent herself as a sexy vixen. He was also an inventor, and created a fabric called Oroton in 1982, which was made of aluminium. It was a kind of light and extremely fluid chain mail which draped so well that it looked like liquid metal. He made many dresses and tops from it, and it won him the L’Occhio d’Oro awards for Best Womenswear Designer. It set the tone for his extreme bling style to come.


Versace created lines of menswear, jewellery, watches, fragrances, make up accessories and home wear as well as womenswear.


In 1997 the world was shocked by the death of Versace at the age of only 50. He was murdered on the steps of his South Beach mansion, as he opened the gates after popping out to buy a newspaper. He died from two shots to the head at point blank range by serial killer Andrew Cunanan, who killed himself eight days later. His fashion empire was taken over by his sister, Donatella Versace, who still runs it.


1990s Versace blouse


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