Timeline: Modern Fashion, 1970-1990s

Updated February 28, 2017 | Infoplease Staff

Part III: 1970-199

by David Johnson
1970 1974 1979 1980s 1984 1990s Part I: 1858-1920

Known as Halston, Roy Halston Frowick dominates 1970s with pantsuits, sweater sets, form-fitting dresses, knit wear


Giorgio Armani creates men's wear line; popularizes Italian tailoring


Claude Montana founds couture house; specializes in leather

Early 1980s

Japanese "school" of designers, including Issey Miyake, Kenzo, Rei Kawakubo, Hanae Mori, enjoy major couture success


Donna Karan launches line of versatile, casual knits; favors black


"Anything goes" emerges as fashion credo

Late 1990

Alexander McQueen emerges as daring new designer; features cozy, romantic designs, dresses looking like quilt blankets, rabbit-skin dresses; favors highly theatrical fashion shows, models parade in rings of fire, get doused with paint or water, skate on real ice

Stella McCartney, at Clo fashion house gains following with daring new designs

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