Have you ever seen anything quite as nineties as this? This Throwback Thursday, we’re transporting you back to the year Whitney Houston released ‘I Will Always Love You’, Disney’s Aladdin hit our screens and HRH Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Ruby Jubilee – 1992.
Grabbing headlines around the world, actor Mark Wahlberg and relatively unknown British model Kate Moss paired up for a Calvin Klein underwear campaign. Seemingly tame now, shock from the ad reverberated around the world, making it one of the most memorable and iconic of the decade. Not only was Moss only 17 at the time, but she was slim, natural and topless, juxtaposing with the glossed and groomed supermodels that dominated the fashion industry.
As a result, her career skyrocketed over night, despite the shoot with Herb Ritts causing her to have a nervous breakdown, as she later confessed to Vanity Fair. “It didn’t feel like me at all. I felt really bad about straddling this buff guy. I didn’t like it. I couldn’t get out of bed for two weeks. I thought I was going to die,” she said.
Mark Wahlberg also felt the effect of the shoot, telling the Daily Mail in 2013: “The underwear modelling I did for Calvin Klein with Kate Moss was not good in retrospect, but at the time it got me a lot of attention from the ladies! Explaining that – along with the rap career – to my kids is going to be embarrassing when they are old enough to ask.”
While the two main subjects may not have the best of memories of their defining moment, its fashion impact lives on. Over 20 years later, Calvin Klein has relaunched a selection of its signature nineties designs, including the baggy boyfriend jeans and logo waistband underwear that made the ad a lasting success. And as for Moss and Wahlberg? We think they’re doing just fine.