Cindy Crawford has enjoyed an illustrious career as one of the world’s most iconic models since she first appeared on the fashion scene thirty years ago, but there is one aspect of her career that often goes unmentioned nowadays. Back in the 90s – when MTV was actually Music Television and not a slew of barely watchable reality shows – Crawford was the host of one of the best fashion shows in history, House of Style. It was an amazing pop-culture phenomenon at the time, one that captured the weird era between the excess of the 1980s and the grunge individuality of the late 90s. Yet, it is scarcely mentioned today, and the influence it had on 90s culture has almost been forgotten.
The show took a magazine format and was hosted by Crawford, which afforded her the opportunity to interview everyone from Seinfeld and the Fresh Prince of Bel Air to fellow supermodels like Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell. The camera crew was granted access to behind-the-scenes action at the biggest fashion shows in the world, and Crawford was there to speak to designers like Jean Paul Gaultier and Gianni Versace, dissect the inspiration behind collections, and discuss emerging trends.
Not only did House of Style occupy a special place on the pop-culture landscape, but it also contained hilarious moments that deserve to be resurrected in honor of Crawford’s possible retirement from modeling (speculation is currently swirling since Crawford made the following statement in a recent interview: “I’m sure I’ll have my picture taken for ten more years, but not as a model anymore.”).
While the graphics and quality of the videos below leave a lot to be desired, what they do depict are some of the most unbelievable moments of the 90s. Savoir Flair rounded up the five best episodes of House of Style, in which you can see Crawford give an awkward massage to Jason Alexander (George Costanza on Seinfeld), discuss the ‘Obession by Calvin Klein’ ad campaign with a very young Kate Moss, and more.