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VH1 Sepia Sky is a music video aesthetic that was prevalent from roughly 1993 to 1997, replacing Ultraviolet Crush and overlapping with The Box 96. It is named after the sepia filled atmospheric worlds that dominated music videos during the time. As Grunge and and Alternative music began to take over, music video visuals reflected the change in the angsty zeitgeist. The term was coined by designer Steves Peeps in 2023. The Sepia Sky aesthetic was replaced by MTV Green Sky, Shiny Suit 97, and Cheiron Crush in 1997.


  • Sepia filtered hues
  • Grunge fashion
  • Converse sneakers
  • Gaussian Blur
  • Glow
  • Typewriter font
  • Dutch angles
  • Haze
  • Attics
  • Deserts


  • Joan Osborne
  • Boys II Men
  • Silverchair
  • Alanis Morissette
  • Grunge
  • New jack swing
  • Adult contemporary ballads
  • Gangsta rap/G-funk