The MTV Video Music Awards are back on Aug. 26, 2019! In celebration of this year's show, Wonderwall.com is rewinding to 1989 when shoulder pads and acid wash were in and athleisure was out. Celebs like George Michael rocked some of their trendiest '80s fashion to the 1989 MTV VMAs. The Wham! singer sported a printed black-and-yellow suit jacket with a gray collarless button-down, black jeans and Wayfarer sunglasses to that year's show. Keep reading for more unforgettable fashion moments from the 1989 MTV VMAs…
Will Smith, aka The Fresh Prince, and DJ Jazzy Jeff both opted for suits at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards. Will wore an oversized dark gray suit with a black button-down shirt and a gold chain necklace, while Jeff rocked an oversized powder blue suit with a blue printed button-down shirt. Fresh indeed!
Christina Applegate donned a beautiful floral-print A-line dress with a matching floral scarf, black pumps and a small black purse at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards.
Christina Applegate didn't attend the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards by herself. She was there with her date, future A-lister Brad Pitt, who wore a black blazer with a floral-print vest and a white tee. Handsome!
Rocker Tommy Lee and his then-wife, "Melrose Place" actress Heather Locklear, both donned '80s-chic looks to the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards. The Mötley Crüe drummer wore a leopard-print vest with faded black skinny jeans and huge teased hair while Heather sported an oversized tuxedo dress, a black hat and chunky gold jewelry.
Vince Neil looked quintessentially '80s at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards. The Mötley Crüe frontman wore a cropped and sleeveless aqua tank top with ripped embellished jeans, a blue bandana and aviator sunglasses to the annual award show.
Madonna, the Queen of Pop in the '80s, donned this pinstriped black-and-white suit with a black bustier at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards.
"A Different World" star Jasmine Guy looked red-hot at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards in a fire-engine red sequined minidress, red pumps, red jewelry and a red clutch.
Andrew Dice Clay couldn't have looked more '80s if he'd tried. The comedian donned a zebra-inspired black-and-white jacket (with shoulder pads), a black T-shirt, black jeans, a chain necklace and sunnies to the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards.
Cher rocked one of her signature ensembles to the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards. The music legend donned a black-and-silver sequin-embellished gown with a sheer bodice, bedazzled bralette, matching jacket and black boots. Fierce!
Christian Slater wore a classic black suit and white button-down shirt to the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards.
You really can't get more '80s than this! Valley girl comedian Julie Brown rocked a black-and-pink avant-garde dress with a matching hat and further accessorized with sheer stockings, a black clutch and long black evening gloves at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards.
Paula Abdul wore this sequined black number with chain-link details and black stockings to the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards.
Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi both opted for rock 'n' roll looks at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards. The Bon Jovi guitarist wore a fringe leather jacket with a black tank, peace-symbol jeans and a black hat, while Jon rocked a black-and-gold printed vest with a leather jacket and embellished jeans. Both completed their looks with perfectly teased '80s hair.
Weird Al Yankovic was all about the color at 1989 MTV Video Music Awards. The comedy singer wore a multicolored printed shirt with bright blue pants, neon pink socks, neon multicolored Vans sneakers and his trademark glasses.
New Edition singer Bobby Brown donned a white sweater with a black-diamond pattern and trim, black leather pants and gold jewelry at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards.
"Right Here Waiting" singer Richard Marx wore an oversized black suit jacket, black jeans, a black T-shirt and red alligator boots to the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards. (Love that feathered hair!)
Then-MTV VJ Downtown Julie Brown donned red, yellow, blue and magenta crushed velvet separates with a black bucket hat, black pumps and gold dangle earrings to the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards.
Lou Diamond Phillips and his then-wife, Julie Cypher, were the picture-perfect '80s couple at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards. The "Stand and Deliver" actor donned a blue button-down shirt with a black vest and pants and accessorized with a bolo tie while Julie — who split with Lou the next year and started a long romance with musician Melissa Etheridge — opted for an oversized forest green printed frock that she accessorized with a string of pearls and a straw hat.
"Roseanne" actress Sandra Bernhard wore a brown suit jacket over a black crop top and printed brown trousers to the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards.