90s Fashion: Model Amber Valletta’s Most Iconic Red Carpet Dresses

Amber Valletta was the face of the 90s. Alongside fellow superstars Shalom Harlow, Kristy Hume, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, the American model graced the covers of the decade’s most influential magazines and spearheaded campaigns for her brands. the most popular. Right behind Kristy, Amber was the most vogue covers of his 90s super cohort and signed a multi-million dollar deal with Calvin Klein.

Somewhere else, amber memorable campaigns for Prada, Jil Sander and Versace. She was a favorite of photographer Steven Meisel. And off camera, Amber’s style epitomized the era in which she appeared. Think bodycon dresses, chain mail and Todd Oldham couture. Today, she carries on her 90s legacy by modeling, once again, for the house of Mugler, under the creative direction of Casey Cadwallader. Here, in honor of Amber’s unforgettable turn in Mugler’s SS22 video show, we look back at the supermodel’s most iconic outfits of all time.

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At a Boss Model Management party, 1993

Amber Valletta began her career when her mother enrolled her in modeling school in Oklahoma when she was 15 years old. In 1993, the future super had signed with Boss Model Management in New York. And, by the end of the decade, had landed 13 vogue blankets and a multi-million dollar contract with Calvin Klein. Here, in 1993, a fresh-faced Amber wears a very ’90s strappy dress at a Boss Model Management party celebrating the agency’s newest cohort, Amber, et al.

amber valletta and shalom harlow wearing versace and smoking a cigarette at the 1996 vh1 fashion awards

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At the VH1 Fashion Awards, 1996

In the late ’90s, Amber and model best friend Shalom Harlow were virtually inseparable. Not only were the duo two of the most recognized role models of their generation, they also co-hosted MTV stylish house, a docuseries centered on America’s fascination with the “supermodel.” Elsewhere, the friends attended industry parties and duo award shows. Here, Amber and Shalom were pictured backstage at the 1996 VH1 Fashion Awards wearing a pair of sparkly Versace outfits.

Amber Valletta backstage at the Todd Oldham show in a 1997 crop top and pants

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Behind the scenes of Todd Oldham, SS97

Few ’90s collections are as iconic as Todd Oldham’s SS97 offering. Amber (along with Naomi, Kristy and Stella Tennant) walked the runway in a series of elegantly skinny pieces inspired by menswear. Here, Amber wears Todd’s sexy twist on the tux: crop top, tailored skirt and champagne in hand.

amber valletta wearing a gold plunge jumpsuit at the 1999 met gala

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At the Met Gala, 1999

With her status as a model, Amber was a staple at fashion’s most exclusive soiree. Here, for the ‘Rock Style’ edition of the 1999 Met Gala, the model hits a modern-day Jerry Hall in a solid gold plunge jumpsuit.

amber valletta posing in versace at the vh1/vogue fashion awards 1999

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At the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, 1999

In 1999, Amber returned to the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards wearing Versace once again. This time around, however, the look was much more Y2K with floral print designs and Grecian-inspired chainmail draping.

Amber La Valette dressed as Marie Antoinette at the 2004 Met Gala

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At the Met Gala, 2004

We love a super that sticks to the theme. For the 2004 “Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century” Met Gala, the model dressed in full Marie Antoinette attire (bleached bouffant, Maggie Norris Couture corset and opulent John Galliano skirt). A Met Gala veteran, Amber admitted her 2004 look was definitely the most complicated ever: “It’s not that it took us that long, it’s just that the skirt was quite heavy, and it just took a little more research and thought about how to get it right.”

For Mugler, SS22

Amber is a longtime Mugler muse. Back to the 90s, the super paraded for the Parisian house, helmed by Manfred Thierry Mugler. Today she stars in the house film collection, produced under the creative direction of Casey Cadwallader. Last season, she stalked the white box of the house’s AW21 collection video. And, this year, alongside BFF Shalom Harlow and Bella Hadid, the super strutted around and over a vintage limo, dressed in a very memorable cut-out bodysuit. It’s 90s meets 2020s sexiness, but totally iconic, just like Amber.

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