TK20: Memorable ‘Tragic Kingdom’ Fashion Moments

For TK20, we wanted to look back and feature some of our favorite fashion moments from the Tragic Kingdom era. Everything about the era was about the band having fun and being themselves which is what attracted so many to them (including us!) The late 90s was also the beginning for Gwenabees where everything Gwen wore was on our radars. Gwen brought so many unique and iconic looks during the era including bindis, blue hair and bondage pants that we still love and admire her for.

Let us know what were some of your favorite looks were and make sure to check out our TK20 section for even more Tragic Kingdom features!

Gwen’s Red Vinyl Dress (1995)

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Photo courtesy of Interscope

Gwen’s iconic red dress appeared on the cover of Tragic Kingdom and is recognizable all over the world. Some fans were able to check out the dress in person years ago when it was on display at the Hard Rock Cafe in Newport Beach. Unfortunately the dress was stolen in 2005 while on display at the Fullerton Museum Center and has yet to be recovered.

KROQ’s Weenie Roast (1996)

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Photo courtesy of Getty

No Doubt appeared at KROQ’s annual Weenie Roast and rocked the stage as well as pose for photos backstage. The band’s look oozed 90s southern California cool and we couldn’t get enough of Gwen’s blunt bangs and black streaks. They were in full form and their set that aired live on KROQ is still cherished by fans since it was included on multiple unofficial bootlegs during the era.

Gwen’s Vivienne Westwood Corset

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Photo courtesy of Interscope

Gwen rocked a gorgeous Vivienne Westwood corset in No Doubt’s 1996 “Spiderwebs” video. She shared that it was her first ever designer piece and bought it with her own money while shopping in Melrose. Gwen also wore it during the band’s Late Night with David Letterman performance in March 1996. In a recent interview, Gwen said that she still cherishes the piece and will forever have it in her collection.

MTV Video Music Awards (1996)

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Photo courtesy of Getty

No Doubt made their red carpet debut at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1996. Their fun-loving style was on display including Gwen’s famous crop-top and spunky attitude. The band was soaring high on MTV with “Just a Girl” and made their stamp on the awards show. Tom shared that the band was never into fashion and always shopped at thrift stores.

Gwen’s Yellow Pants…

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Photo courtesy of Getty

While on tour in 1996, Gwen rocked the yellow bondage pants that will forever go down as one of her best moments. Every Gwenabee wanted to get their hands on a pair — they were just so damn cool and special. Gwen typically rocked them with a cropped white tank and a nice pair of clunky Dr. Martens. It’s been reported that Gavin Rossdale made her throw the pants away in the late 90s — which some fans still hold against him to this day.

…and Dr. Martens…

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Photo courtesy of Michael Grecco

Gwen’s love for Dr. Martens has continued throughout the years and she was seen rocking them live onstage and at events during the late 90s. Gwen always rocked the best colors including two-tone black and white and cherry-red.

…and Bindis

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Photo courtesy of MTV

Gwen was all about the bindi during the Tragic Kingdom era and is an iconic accessory for any Gwenabee. Gwen took inspiration from Tony’s mother and was known to wear one at events, photo shoots and live on tour. Every Gwenabee rocked one as well along with their faux fur coats, Dickies, plaid pants and jelly bracelets.

No Doubt Funky Posters (1997)

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Photo courtesy of eBay

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Photo courtesy of eBay

We consider these classic posters a fashion moment since they were all over our walls and inspired No Doubters everywhere. These iconic photos hung alongside every little clipping of the band we could find over the years. These posters have No Doubt rocking things that made the era memorable — Gwen’s red lips, her ‘G-W-E-N’ tank top (that Gwenabees everywhere made!) and bindi, and Adrian’s devil horns. Seriously, could they look anymore awesome?

American Music Awards (1997)

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Photo courtesy of Getty

One of our favorite red carpet looks ever from Gwen came at the 1997 American Music Awards. She looked absolutely perfect from head-to-toe from her gorgeous curls to her black feather shawl.

“Sunday Morning” Video (1997)

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Photo courtesy of Interscope

For us personally, “Sunday Morning” was the best on so many levels from the era. The band’s style was on point and they all looked incredible in the video. Gwen’s iconic leopard dress from the video was on-display at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in 2009.

Tragic Kingdom Tour

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Photos courtesy various sources

No Doubt toured Tragic Kingdom for close to two-and-a-half years and always kept their energy and style high. Tony notably hit the stage often in rad jumpsuits or either the latest No Doubt tee and we loved him for it. During the later part of the tour, Gwen typically wore chunky Dr. Martens, black-and-white pin striped Dickey pants with “Anaheim” embellished towards the bottom and a sparkly crop tank with a “G” stitched in the back. We love Tom’s smart suits that he wore onstage which he sometimes paired with a beanie. Adrian was known to go shirtless with a pair of casual shorts or Dickey slacks.

MTV Video Music Awards (1997)

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Photo courtesy of Getty/MTV

The band looked uber-cool on the red carpet of the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards. Gwen’s eye makeup was flawless and we really dug her sheer Indian-inspired look with her cropped short hair. Tony’s suit was fabulous and he rocked the hell out of his saddle-shoe creepers. Tom and Adrian oozed California cool — especially Adrian with his permanent Budweiser in-hand during the show.

No Doubt took home their first MTV VMA for “Don’t Speak” winning Best Group Video.

Billboard Music Awards (1997)

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Photo courtesy of Getty/FOX

No Doubt appeared at the Billboard Music Awards in December 1997 and posed for photos on the red carpet alongside Sublime. Gwen mixed it up and donned a black suit with fishnets while rocking her hair in knot buns. We also adored Adrian’s tribute to Fishbone while rocking their tee on the red carpet.

Grammy Awards (1998)

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Photos courtesy of Corbis

Even though No Doubt appeared and performed at the previous year’s Grammys (while being nominated for Best New Artist and Best Rock Album for Tragic Kingdom), the band returned in 1998 with Eric Stefani in tow. “Don’t Speak” was nominated for both Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Song of the Year but unfortunately didn’t take home neither award. Gwen showed up with another unique look with braids and a sheer top matched with a dyed satin skirt. The boys looked sharper than ever and Eric, who made a rare public appearance with the band, looked dashing in a tuxedo.

MTV Video Music Awards (1998)

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Photo courtesy of Getty/MTV

And to wrap up our list, we’re looking back at one of No Doubt’s most iconic red carpet moments at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards. Gwen was pure 90s space cadet — and we loved her for it. She debuted a new blue-do (which only lasted the evening) with a matching blue fuzzy bikini top. Adrian, Tony and Tom’s styles were all over the place that it was cool (and when did Tony ever not rock a smart suit?). The band was already back in the studio writing Return of Saturn and were at the VMAs just to have a good time. Gwen also appeared alongside Lenny Kravitz to present an award during the show.

10 thoughts on “TK20: Memorable ‘Tragic Kingdom’ Fashion Moments

  1. Omg what the hell was going on with Tony at the Billboard Music Awards in 97? So awful! lol His worst outfit/style ever. Ahah!

  2. “It’s been reported that Gavin Rossdale made her throw the pants away in the late 90s — which some fans still hold against him to this day.”
    Now I know why I always had a bad feeling about this guy. Seriously, that’s… that’s just plain evil.

  3. Jenny, I’m glad you pointed out that incident with Gavin and the yellow pants. I wish Gwen had saved them by handing them down to a family member or secretly hiding them in a safe place. Those were amazing!

  4. I have to disagree about Gwen’s kubuki look at the VMAs in 1997. That’s the only time in the whole decade that she just didn’t look very pretty. The makeup was so unflattering.
    Personally I love tony with dark hair, I wish he’d stop bleaching it already. He looked his best imo in the don’t speak video.

    1. Aw! I did a whole post dedicated to Gwen’s hairstyles over the era in case you missed it. I tried to touch on the most notable things throughout the years including the tanks and such in some of the features I chose.

  5. I had the milk poster hanging up in my bedroom for years 😉

    Ahhhhh…the vinyl pants… I always think of Gavin when I see them. She should make another pair as a “screw you!” 😀

    Where’s the TK tour outfit?? And Tony’s jumpsuits?

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