20 MTV VMA Fashion Choices That We Assume Must Have Made Sense At The Time

By 09.05.12

Look, I’m not going to say I don’t respect the hell out of what Prince is wearing above, from the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards, but it is very of its time. You probably won’t see, say, Katy Perry wearing something like that at this year’s VMAs, which go down tomorrow, though if she wanted to, no one would complain.

Prince’s fishnet made out of Kraft macaroni and cheese look isn’t the only “you had to be there” fashion choice in the VMAs long history of questionable fashion choices, though. Here are 20 notably dated VMAs outfits, one for each year from 1984 to 2003, when what people wore stopped being as hilariously awful. Also, Britney’s snake get-up because obviously.

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1985

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1986

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1987

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1988

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1989

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1990

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1991

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1992

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1993

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1994

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1995

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1996

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1997

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1998

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1999

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2000

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2001

Scratch that: this outfit always makes sense. (Via)

2002

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2003

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