Look up “dreamgirl” in the dictionary and you’ll likely find an image of Liv Tyler. The daughter of Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and model Bebe Buell, Liv made her start modelling before transitioning to acting in the early 90s. Throughout the decade, she made a name for herself playing ingénue types (think Stealing Beauty, Empire Records and even her role in Aerosmith’s “Crazy” music video), due, in part, to her bubbly charm and otherworldly beauty. Off-screen, Liv’s personal style was also very much that of the 90s ingénue, too. Think the decade’s ubiquitous crop-top-and-miniskirt combos, dreamy silk slip dresses, Mary Janes and combat boots, blunt-fringed pixie cuts, Prada’s ugly-chic, and Stella McCartney’s quirky-sexy Chloé. Here, to celebrate Liv’s birthday, we look back at some of the American actress’ most iconic outfits.
Backstage at an Aerosmith concert, 1994
Did you know that Liv only discovered that Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler was her biological father at the age of 10? After learning about her paternity, Liv and Steven developed a close relationship. And throughout the 90s, the duo even collaborated professionally, Liv starring alongside Alicia Silverstone in the music video for Aerosmith’s “Crazy.” Here, the same year “Crazy” was released, Liv attends an Aerosmith concert wearing a very 70s-leaning outfit — silky tied top, silver hotpants and tall combat boots — likely inspired by her father’s personal style.
On the set of Empire Records, 1995
Standing alongside the likes of Cher Horowitz’s plaid skirt suit and The Craft’s many witchy ensembles, Liv’s Empire Records outfit is one of 90s teen cinema’s defining style moments. In the flick — which chronicles a day in the life of a group of record store employees — Liv’s character, Corey, wears a cropped baby blue angora sweater with matching check pleated skirt and, of course, a pair of the decade’s favoured combat boots. Not only is the outfit emblematic of the film itself (Liv stands front and center wearing the fit on the film’s jacket cover), it’s a perfectly quintessential 90s outfit.