On April 14th, National Geographic Channel will premiere The ‘80s: The Decade That Made Us, a three-night, six-part special event that goes back to the 1980s. Narrated by Rob Lowe and featuring a variety of 80s celebs (and experts!) discussing why just about everything about the era, from the politics and technological innovations to the blockbuster movies, TV shows, and of course, fashion, continues to shape the world we live in today.
Don’t miss this totally awesome mini-series featuring fashion icons Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Naomi Campbell. Since Sunday’s still a few days away, we’ve put together a list of eight 80s STANDOUTS that take you from Dynasty glamour to street style ready, all-the-while continuing to influence fashion today. Rad, right? Read on for more 80s and don’t miss Sunday’s premiere on the Nat Geo Channel!
1. ANNA & THE ZINES: Flashback to 1988! Anna Wintour becomes the editor-in-chief of American Vogue bringing us GIRLS into the MODERN FASHION AGE. Wintour continues to spread her sartorial wisdom and affinity for celebrity, fashion, & the pageboy bob to women across America and the globe. Other zines//must-reads that made IT in the 80s: Women's Wear Daily launches W magazine, Andy Warhol's Interview magazine "morphs into a full-fledged fashion and entertainment magazine," and Gilles Bensimon brings French Elle to the states.
2. THE TRINITY: Naomi Cambell, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista
3. NOW AND THEN//AMERICAN STARS: With the rise of the supermodel and the American fashion magazine (not to mention Uma Thurman!), American fashion reached new heights in the 80s. Major fashion designers Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Oscar de la Renta transformed their names into global brands, while fashion photographers Bruce Weber, Annie Leibovitz, Steven Meisel, Patrick Demarchelier were establishing their names in the pages of American Vogue, Elle, and other fashion glossies.
4. DYNASTYY: Sheer kimonos and Joan Collins!! PLUS, GOLD LAMÉ!
5. PAULO & THE POLAROID: Italian fashion photographer Paulo Roversi defines 80s fashion with the 8 x 10. Pablo Roversi on the Polaroid camera... Interview originally published in Dapper Dan, Issue 4, October 2011.
Roversi: As soon as I discovered this type of film I was enchanted by it. Even now I still feel this wayand I cannot justify the reason. You know how you fall in love with something—maybe it was the colour, the contrast. It became my palette immediately. I also started to work with this camera for its size, the 8×10 format. Taking pictures one by one is a slow procedure. I found my way through this camera— how to work. It was the ideal way to express myself. By now, I know it very well. It has become a part of my skin; my blood. (via)
6. AUGUST 1981: Vogue magazine covers Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer's royal wedding; Diana, Princess of Whales, takes the fashion industry by storm w/her "unerring sense of style that influenced a generation of women." Fast-forward a few decades and we're still stuck on royal beauties >> from Kate Middleton to our own American grace Michelle Obama >> women who continue to define fashion's next big name from Sarah Burton to Isabel Toledo and Jason Wu. Style crushes that take the cake!
7. 80s "THAT DECADE THAT MADE US": Photographer Bill Cunningham takes a look at STREET STYLE in his NYT "On the Street" feature, documenting street style from the 80s t0 present day. New Yorker calls it, "New York's high-school yearbook, an exuberant, sometimes retrospectively embarrassing chronicle of the way we looked." (via)
8. Rock on Mars: Stephen Sprouse takes on punk rock, wild style graffiti, and street influenced fashion that characterized the downtown New York community in the early 1980s, epitomizing the decades style as we know it today (from Madonna to Debbie Harry)...Stephen Sprouse totally ruled!
+++ MADONNA +++
10. Shoulder pads
9. Neon EVERYTHING
8. T-shirt clips & Scrunchies
7. Tight acid or stonewash jeans
6. Teased hair
5. Leg warmers
4. Jellies sandals
3. Slap bracelets
2. Don’t Worry Be Happy
1. Off the shoulder