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  • - Oh my gosh, okay.

  • I could be here all day.

  • I love talking about fashion [laughs].

  • [light music]

  • Hi Vogue.

  • Here I am, Gwen Stefani.

  • I am here to look back on some of my style,

  • some of my looks.

  • As you know, I'm very passionate about fashion.

  • This first one here is a picture of me

  • in some kind of satin leopard pants and a tank top,

  • 'cause I pretty much only wore tank tops my whole life.

  • 'Cause I don't know why, just think they look cool.

  • I had to be a little bit tomboy with a little bit glamor.

  • So from here down tomboy, from here up glamor.

  • And that was just kind of the vibe for myself,

  • what I always followed.

  • And this is from MTV, I wanna say, Awards.

  • Probably 1995.

  • I was just so unbelievably fascinated

  • by Indian culture in particular

  • because Tony Kanal, who was my boyfriend at the time,

  • he's the bass player of No Doubt, is Indian from India,

  • and I had never, growing up in Anaheim,

  • spent any time with anyone from India

  • and his mom would come down the stairs

  • ready to go to these India parties all dolled up

  • with a bindi and jewelry and these beautiful

  • fabric dresses and with patterns and gold and,

  • I would just be like yeah, I've never seen anything like it

  • and so she gave me a lot of bindis

  • and I was just like hey, what's up, boom.

  • Okay, this next photo is,

  • I'm on the red carpet

  • and I had just gotten home from tour

  • so people would send me free stuff.

  • I was like, what?

  • Free stuff! And somebody sent me this product

  • that was this gel that you put in your hair

  • and it turns your hair a color and it was blue

  • and it was like a paste and so I was like okay,

  • just really kid of inspired by Judy Jetson

  • from the Jetsons sort of in this moment

  • and I had met this girl through my manager

  • that made clothes and so she made this little skirt for me.

  • The shoes were just literally, somebody sent them to me

  • [laughs] and same with the bathing suit top,

  • the blue bathing suit top, fur, okay.

  • You would wear it too if it was free

  • and you've gotten home off tour so be quiet.

  • Pick a number next.

  • Ooh!

  • Okay, this is me at another award show.

  • So what happened with pink hair?

  • It's so true, like,

  • if you go through a breakup

  • or a really big change in your life,

  • sometimes you go ahead and change your hair

  • like to try to, I don't know,

  • wash whatever those feelings are out of your hair.

  • At that time, there was really only one brand

  • that you could get, it was like manic panic.

  • And I wanted my hair cotton candy, light pink,

  • and I would have this vision of what I wanted

  • and I ended up with fuchsia pink hair for like a year, so.

  • You know, at that time, too,

  • I didn't have any budgets.

  • I didn't have a stylist.

  • It was like literally on my own with all guys.

  • Kind of really started to get influenced

  • by Debra Harry like in her style.

  • I was really confused at this time.

  • I was 29 years old.

  • I was really confused about my relationship.

  • I didn't know who I was.

  • I'd come off a long, long tour.

  • I had gotten famous.

  • I got to buy a house.

  • I got to move out of my parents' house.

  • Like, so much had happened and I think

  • I had wrote this record called Return to Saturn

  • which is really all about assessing your life

  • so the pink hair and the braces

  • really like, yeah, that's who I, you know what I'm saying?

  • And the braces were me coming home and being like,

  • you see this money I got?

  • Boom, I'm gettin' braces, finally, ha ha!

  • We did this show.

  • It was like, New Years Eve show

  • and we did this song called End of the World As You Know It.

  • The song has 1,000 lyrics in it and it was live TV

  • and I remember I was trying so hard to memorize the words

  • and I had the braces on first the first time

  • and I couldn't sing, like,

  • literally, my lips were getting caught in my braces

  • and I came off stage and went into some closet in some room

  • and cried for the rest of the night.

  • It was New Years and looking back, I think about it

  • and everybody was kissing and nobody was even watching me

  • so I don't even know why I did that.

  • Yep.

  • [laughs]

  • Oh my gosh, okay.

  • So this is when I feel a little more proud of myself.

  • I feel like that's because

  • I finally got to work with a stylist

  • and I met my, like,

  • the New York Jewish street

  • cooler, way cooler, person

  • that kind of like I felt like was me

  • but the cool version of me [laughs]

  • and her name was Andrea Lieberman.

  • I knew exactly kind of what I wanted to look like

  • in the video and I got on the phone with Andrea.

  • I didn't really know who she was at all

  • and having Andrea as a stylist

  • was a way to take like double the talent

  • so it was like my ideas

  • and I just remember saying,

  • I want to have a visor,

  • kind of like Chrissy from Three's Company,

  • but then this, yeah, I had this whole thing.

  • And when I got to the fitting for the e-video,

  • she had literally had like a truck.

  • I'd never seen so many clothes in my life

  • and everything, every idea I had

  • she had taken it to a whole other level.

  • She had made custom pants.

  • I'd never had anyone really make me custom pants

  • that actually make me look skinny.

  • I was like, what?

  • She was definitely my soulmate when it comes to fashion

  • and she taught me so much

  • because I wasn't schooled in fashion.

  • I didn't grow up in New York.

  • I didn't even know who Vivienne Westwood was.

  • Like I didn't know she did punk. I didn't know any of that

  • 'cause I just wasn't exposed to it in Orange County.

  • But I definitely feel like working with Andrea

  • and having a stylist to have access

  • to stuff I didn't even know existed

  • was just taking me to another level

  • as far as being able to yeah, express myself.

  • Okay yeah, this is the cover of Vogue.

  • This is my first Vogue cover.

  • Never thought that would happen.

  • Can't believe it still that it did happen.

  • And this was a while ago.

  • So they would do a shoot for a whole weekend

  • and you would do a two-day fitting before the shoot

  • so it was like an event

  • and the way it made me feel was like,

  • I was used to having so much control over my look

  • and what I did and really was quite anti-fashion magazine

  • growing up because I think as a kid,

  • I just felt like I was alienated.

  • It was like, you can't get that stuff.

  • That's for rich people.

  • That's for, those things aren't real.

  • Of course I was just naive and I didn't know,

  • but what I love about Vogue

  • and what I love about being able to do the cover of Vogue

  • and be able to collaborate with so many talented people

  • along my journey is to learn about art,

  • you know, art through fashion

  • and I think that this was that experience.

  • Steven Meisel at this time

  • was this really super-duper famous photographer

  • and I was super naive 'cause I had like heard the name

  • but I don't know about that world,

  • so I was just being really honest, like I just didn't know.

  • He had not been working for a while

  • and he's very eccentric and he had kinda come out

  • of hiding to do this shoot.