In 1996, Starbucks was a coffee shop with open mic nights, Putumayo was a resource for both dresses and mix tapes, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Neve Campbell vied for the title of teen movie crush, and young girls across the country mourned the cancellation of their favorite show, The Jordan Catalano Eyes Kiss Heart-Pounding Sigh show, or "My So-Called Life".
It was the perfect moment to launch Lilith Fair, an all woman music festival designed to prove that a line-up of female singers could compete with Lollapalooza and generate millions. And it did.
After an 11 year hiatus, organizer and singer of sad, sad songs, Sarah McLachlan, has re-launched Lilith Fair in the U.S. this month with an all-star line-up. Many of the original performers are still on the bill, but the fashions--over-sized hats, shapeless dresses, crop tops--have been retired. Or have they?