Consider the mid-2000s for a moment, and try to assemble a list of past fashion choices that might stand out as “good.” Celebrities popularized the much-maligned Ugg boot in mainstream fashion as of 2004, despite its roots as a ’90s staple for Australian and Californian surfers. Meanwhile, certain A-listers even made a case for Ed Hardy and Von Dutch, despite the outcries of public opinion.
But most notorious in the 2000s was the Juicy Couture velour tracksuit, donned by – and made famous by – Madonna. It was received so well in celebrity circles, that Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears and Paris Hilton all wore the suit soon after.
The first instance of the Juicy suit was 2001, but it wasn’t until the mid-to-late 2000s that it picked up steam. It has since declined as a status piece of “new money,” but it’s not forgotten. The Victoria and Albert museum in London is making sure of that, as it will be featuring a circa-2004 pink velour tracksuit in an upcoming show titled “Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear.”
That’s kind of weird, considering that this is actual clothing that goes over underwear, but maybe they do things differently in London. As a spokesperson said, the museum accepted only clothing of “outstanding aesthetic or technical quality.” To which we say, hm.