December 21, 2017 by Chris Kilkus
Why Lynn Ban Is Obsessed With the Nineties
For Lynn Ban, the Nineties was a highly inspired decade in fashion: glamorous, irreverent and sexy. The jewelry designer and fashion archivist started collecting during this time, buying everything from Gucci by Tom Ford and Dior by John Galliano to heaps of Versace.
Though Ban’s vintage archive now spans Sixties, Seventies and Eighties fashion, her Nineties wardrobe is her most precious. “It was fashion the first time around for me,” she says. “I love the craftsmanship and the history.” And in case you were wondering, yes, she still wears all the pieces.
Ban spoke with WWD about her archive, her Nineties fashion heroes and her favorite cultural moments from the decade:
WWD: If you had to sum up the Nineties in one word, what would it be?
Lynn Ban: Fierce.
WWD: Who are some of your fashion heroes from that time?
L.B.: Definitely Gianni Versace. Versace was glamorous, it was flashy, it was fun, it was rock ‘n’ roll and it was sexy. From the beginning, I was a Versace girl.
WWD: You recently shared a couple of Versace tributes on Instagram.
L.B.: In particular the Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean dress — that was from spring 1991. That dress was so iconic, it was Pop Art, it was