90s 'House Of Style' Returning To MTV in October

Ahead of the series' return in October, MTV will air 'House of Style: Music, Models and MTV' to relive the original '90s show.

The original show, which ran from 1989 to 1999 and was hosted by supermodels Cindy Crawford, Rebecca Romijn and Molly Sims, gave viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the fashion industry. While examining the connection between fashion and music, the show gave fans unprecedented access to models and designers.

In order to get viewers up to speed on the cultural impact the show had in the '90s, MTV will air the documentary "House of Style: Music, Models and MTV" on Tuesday, August 7.

And that's not all. The new host and the official "House of Style" muse will be revealed during the red carpet of the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards live on September 6.

Tracey Ullman And Cindy Crawford Play Dress Up: My Favorite 'House Of Style' Moment

Cindy Crawford plays dress-up with comedian Tracey Ullman at The Plaza Hotel in New York City in 1990.
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So what if I was swaddled in diapers when House Of Style premiered in 1989? And so what if I wasn't even BORN when The Tracey Ullman Show first hit airwaves? Does that mean I can't appreciate, nay, fall COMPLETELY head-over-heels over the glowing junction of pop culture where the two intersect? Not at all. Out of the bananas deluge of classic House of Style clips we've resurrected for our collection (around 170!!), this bit from Episode 5 wherein Tracey Ullman and Cindy Crawford rendezvous at the Plaza Hotel to play dress up in seeeeerious designer duds is hands down my favorite. To the point where my face is paralyzed in a permanent smile attack and my cheeks feel like they're about to fall off and regenerate a new set.

As our Senior Editor Mary H.K. Choi notes in her archival write-up, it helps to already know and love Tracey before watching the segment, and full disclosure, my mom definitely schooled me on all the weird and wonderful ways of the British singer-turned-comedienne at a very young age. Maybe that means I'm predisposed to find this clip certifiably adorable, and if so, *Kanye shrug* saddle up for a totally self-indulgent essay because sorry, honey, *blows kiss and waves* I'm still writing! But in a world that, now more than ever, exalts spectacular, quirky women with lightning-quick wits and a knack for self-deprecation (*COUGH* Kristen Wiig, Emma Stone, Mindy Kaling, Jane Lynch, Tina Fey, Rashida Jones, Zooey Deschanel, NEED I GO ON???), watching this snippet feels like staring at an oracle for the future of female comedy. AND the future courtship of humor and fashion.

Cindy Crawford plays dress-up with comedian Tracey Ullman at The Plaza Hotel in New York City in 1990.
Photo: MTV

While Tracey somersaults from one accent to another, hamming up the segment with high-pitched yodels and faux tantrums, Cindy holds her own as the straight man and illustrates her strength and versatility as a host. She follows Tracey around the hotel room, clodding around on the suite furniture, Vogue-ing on table tops, and directing Ullman's application of multiple beauty marks (sidenote: check out Tracey's SMIZE!!). Cindy and Tracey's adorable dress-up date reminds me of high school afternoons I spent with my friends, holing away in dressing rooms with armfuls of every mall store's most outrageous pieces, taking pictures in weird outfits and posting them to Xanga. Every sales associate's nightmare.

Less specifically, the clip is a reminder that fashion can be genuinely fun and funny. It's not all "clackers" and Miranda Priestleys. Enter P'trique and Leandra Medine (a.k.a. The Man Repeller). Sure, on paper, this is a three-and-a-half-minute video of a high-profile actress and an international supermodel traipsing around a swanky Manhattan hotel in next-season Versace, Jean Paul Gaultier, Todd Oldham, Ronaldus Shamask and Moschino. But it's also two grown women rendered into little girls by a fat stack of pretty dresses. It's a green light for serious fashion to get a little bit silly, and it is AWESOME.

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