How to Care for 90s Trend Fabrics

Written by Linley McConnel

July 27, 2022

With 90s trends back in style, a variety of iconic fabrics have returned to runways and clothing racks. From casual terry cloth to glossy satin, here are our tips and tricks on how to clean four of our favourite 90s-inspired fabrics.

Terry Cloth 

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‘Terry cloth’ or terry cotton was first woven in the mid 1800s. Terry cloth is a common fabric used to make bath towels or bathrobes, but started to be incorporated into mainstream fashion designs in the 90s. Juicy Couture cemented terry cloth as a go-to summer fabric when they launched their terry cloth summer sweatsuits. Because of its quick-dry qualities, it’s the perfect fabric to keep you cool on a hot summer day.

Wash terry cloth towels or garments on the delicate cycle inside out. Avoid using fabric softener, as this can affect the fabric’s ability to absorb moisture. To dry, avoid high heat settings. We recommend hanging to dry, when your item is 99% dry, put inside the dryer on a cool setting to fuff it back to its original texture.


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Historians believe that satin originated in Asia over 2000 years ago, arriving in Europe during the Middle Ages. Seen on the likes of Princess Diana, satin is an elegant yet sexy fabric often used when crafting high-end or luxury undergarments. With the invention of polyester based fabrics, satin-blends are a more popular and affordable option at stores like Zara and H&M.

Satin has a delicate and silky finish, and should be washed by hand or taken to a dry cleaning professional. Avoid twisting or wringing out satin clothing, as it will risk loosing its shape.


Like satin, velvet originated in ancient China and is characterized as being a soft woven fabric with cut threads which give it a soft and glossy appearance. Historically, velvet was made from silk, but today it can be made from oil-based materials like polyester or viscose. Velvet is often associated with nobility in past and present. Princess Diana was wearing a velvet dress by Victor Edelstein, the iconic photo ‘John Travolta Dancing’ photo.

To care for velvet, avoid the washing machine and opt for handwashing. Soak inside out and use a small amount of detergent like SOAK. We always recommend seeking the advice of a professional if your velvet item is sentimental or expensive. Many pillow cases and upholstery items are made from velvet, and can be some of the most tricky items to clean at home.


While cashmere is a classic luxury fabric, it was a focal point in 90s fashion. Cashmere dates back to the 14th century, and comes from the fleece of the cashmere goat found throughout Asia and the middle east. Today, many ‘cashmere’ items are woven with other kinds of yarns, to make it more accessible and affordable – it takes a single cashmere coat to produce enough cashmere for one scarf!

Cashmere is a soft and delicate fabric and must be cared for in a gentle way. If treating at home, soak your item in a solution of water and baby shampoo or take it to a dry cleaner that uses a chemical-free solvent, like GreenEarth.

Best of luck cleaning and caring for your pieces. When in doubt, visit Gibson’s and we’ll ensure our dry cleaner reviews your item with the care and attention it needs.

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