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Fashion in the 80’s

Like the fashion of all modern decades (the 1960s dipped into the 1920s and hosted a folk music revival, the 1970s dipped into the 1930s, 1950s and 1960s) 1980’s fashion in popular culture incorporated distinct trends from different eras. This helped form a cultivating movement of style. Tracy has helped to provide a source of 80’s looks. The Punk look of the late 1970s was influential, rather as the late 1960s “hippies are cool” look had been in the 1970s. The most conservative, more masculine fashion look that was most indicative of the 1980s was the wide use of shoulder tamps (similar to those worn in ice hockey, but perhaps not quite so large or protective). While in the 1970s the silhouette of fashion tended to be characterized by close fitting clothes on top with wider ,looser clothes on the bottom, this trend completely reversed itself in the early 1980s as both men and women began to wear looser shirts and tight, close fitting pants. Men wore power suits (which they sometimes jogged in to work since they were stiff when they were bought) as a result of the greater tendency for people to display their wealth. Brand names became increasingly important in this decade, making Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein household names. In the United States, Madonna was titled the “Material Girl” and many teenage girls looked to her for fashion statements. The popular movie Flashdance (1983) made ripped sweatshirts well-known in the general public. The television shows Dallas and Dynasty also had a similar impact.

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