Time Capsule | October 1991

I'm not sure why but I think 1991 would have to be my favourite year of the '90s. For those of you playing at home my favourite '80s year is 1987. Like I said, I'm not sure why. Some things don't need rhyme or reason.

Since the Time Capsule we dug up this month is from October 1991 I was always going to get a bit excited for it. Hopefully there's a few things here that bring back some good memories for you. Enjoy!

 

WHAT WERE WE WATCHING?

Kicking things off we have a selection of the biggest movies that were in cinemas in October 1991. Highlights for me in this bunch are Little Man Tate - for the minor Harry Connick Jr role, and Curly Sue - because John Hughes.

Clickety-click on the movie posters to watch the trailer...

I've never seen Deceived, but I'm intrigued by a thriller starring Goldie Hawn so I might have to hunt it down. I remember seeing My Own Private Idaho back in the day, but I also remember being rather underwhelmed by it too. I wonder if I might have been just a wee bit too young for it back then so I'm putting it on my list of movies to track down as well. It's becoming quite a long list.


WHAT WERE WE LISTENING TO?

Sometimes when searching for Time Capsule fodder I get chills run down my spine. This chill is a direct representation of my approval rating for the aforementioned fodder. And I gotta tell you, the chilly chills are chilling out with this chill-tastic track list! I can even get on board with Right Said Fred, because sexy. Too sexy.

Click on the cover art to rediscover these gems, or set yourself up with our ever-growing '90s playlist here ---> Awesome '90s Music Video Playlist

By now it should be pretty obvious that I love, like really love, Break In The Weather by Jenny Morris. The music video for it is one of my all time faves so you should definitely check it out if you've never seen it. Big Audio Dynamite II had a huge hit with Rush in 1991, as did Right Said Fred with I'm Too Sexy. I really miss the diversity of the music charts back then. To have John Mellencamp and Martika sitting side by side in the rack at Brashes was super swell. I miss Brashes.


WHAT WERE WE WEARING?

Slip into your comfy lycra bike pants, take your rotary dial phone off the hook and make yourself a cool refreshing glass of Tang, 'cause it's another fashion-a-poll-ooza this month!

We'll start with two great fashion spreads from Dolly magazine. At least once a year the Dolly team would take a couple of their model faves on a little tropical holiday retreat. In 1991 it was Angelique Bennett & Rebecca Kelly who got the star treatment at the Whitsunday Islands. As if it wasn't already enough that they were annoyingly gorgeous, they got to bask in the sun in paradise and get paid for it. Oh the injustice of it all! Everyone had their favourite Dolly models in the '80s & '90s, and mine was always Angelique. Rebecca Kelly was the Dolly Covergirl Competition winner for 1991, and was suitably fresh-faced and gorgeous as well.

You have to remember that these girls were our superstars. I know I say this a lot, but Dolly magazine really was the Australian teen girls bible. I went to a Catholic high school, and I can tell you my reading time of Dolly and the Bible was split about 96% to 4%... in favour of Dolly... obvi.

So then we move on to the glossies. There's a very young Milla Jovovich in pink, a nod to the Paris & Milan Collections for 1991, and a spread of Shana Zadrick looking kind of skanky to be perfectly honest - but she's holding an adorable kitten in one of the shots so it's not like I could leave it out, dah.

There is a mammoth Linda Evangelista editorial from UK Vogue, the gowns of which are absolutely stunning! A black & white feature of Nadja Auermann in the same issue is just as much about Ellen von Unwerth's signature photography style as it is about what she's wearing.

US Vogue rounds out our October 1991 time capsule fashions, with Tatjana Patitz looking annoyingly glamorous as usual, and a great spread of Carre Otis. Enjoy!

 

Dolly Magazine (Australia) | October 1991


Dolly Magazine (Australia) | October 1991


ELLE (Australia) | October 1991


ELLE (UK) | October 1991


ELLE (UK) | October 1991


Vogue (Italia) | October 1991


Vogue (UK) | October 1991


Vogue (UK) | October 1991


Vogue (US) | October 1991


Vogue (US) | October 1991


Vogue (US) | October 1991


FASHION EDITORIALS | CREDITS


Dolly Magazine (Australia) | October 1991

Cover: Angelique Bennett | Photography: Michael Schenko | Hair & Makeup: Chris Coonrod

Beach Babes: Angelique Bennett & Rebecca Kelly | Photography: Michael Schenko | Hair & Makeup: Chris Coonrod

Check It Out: Angelique Bennett & Rebecca Kelly | Photography: Michael Schenko | Hair & Makeup: Chris Coonrod

*Note: this issue came with a free INXS record. I'm not sure anyone ever got it to play properly since it was made of flimsy plastic and had no protective sleeve but it's a a cool little novelty I guess. My copy of this issue still has it, but it has disintegrated somewhat over its 25 odd years life.


ELLE (Australia) | October 1991

Cover: Niki Taylor

Think Pink: Milla Jovovich | Photography: Bruce Kramer


ELLE (UK) | October 1991

Cover: Unknown

Milan Collections: Ludmilla | Photography: Andrew MacPherson | Stylist: Jackie Frank | Hair: Ray Allington | Makeup: Miranda Joyce

Paris Collections: Claudia Mason & Valerie-Jean | Photography: Robert Erdmann |  Stylist: Kim Hunt | Hair: Guido | Makeup: Miranda Joyce
 

 


Vogue (Italia) | October 1991

Cover: Shana Zadrick | Photography: Steven Meisel

Nuova Vamp: Shana Zadrick | Photography: Steven Meisel


Vogue (UK) | October 1991

Cover: Linda Evangelista | Photography: Patrick Demarchelier | Stylist: Sarajane Hoare | Hair: Sam McKnight | Makeup: Mary Greenwell

Send In The Gowns: Linda Evangelista | Photography: Patrick Demarchelier | Stylist: Sarajane Hoare | Hair: Sam McKnight | Makeup: Mary Greenwell

She Is An Enigma: Nadja Auermann | Photography: Ellen von Unwerth | Fashion Editor: Lucinda Chambers | Hair: Julien d'ls | Makeup: Laurie Starrett

Vogue (US) | October 1991

Cover: Michelle Pfeiffer | Photography: Herb Ritts | Fashion Editor: Jenny Capitain |  Makeup: George Newell

Liquid Assets: Elaine Irwin | Photography: Sheila Metzner | Fashion Editor: Phyllis Posnick | Hair: Thom Priano | Makeup: Brigitte Reiss-Andersen

Paris Lightens Up: Karen Mulder & Unknown | Photography: Ellen von Unwerth | Fashion Editorial: Grace Coddington | Hair: Danilo for Oribe | Makeup: Laurie Starrett for Debbie Walters

Role Reversals: Carre Otis | Photography: Marc Hispard | Fashion Editor: Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele | Hair: Troy Halterman for Oribe | Makeup: Moyra Mulholland

What a cracker of a Time Capsule! Can't wait to see which moment in time the next one takes us back to? Neither can we, but all good things come to those who wait...