From club to catwalk
Shoulderpads, hairspray, loadsamoney and yuppies, the 1980s is guilty of some serious cultural and fashion faux pas – but that’s not the way I remember it. Get past the garish brashness and the enduring creativity in the music and fashion is clearly evident. There is an inevitable prejudice for the 1980s – a decade that is within memory and not quite far away enough to be hallowed and respected, yet.
This week I attended the private view of a new show at London’s V&A Museum entitled Club to Catwalk. Some of the fashions on show took me right back to the big shoulders, wide trousers and pastel suits of the period but there were some true classics there by fashion aficionados like Vivienne Westwood, Betty Jackson with The Cloth, Comme des Garçons and Paul Smith. It was a period of excess and this is on show with the aforementioned designers but the flipside is also nicely represented with the outlandish designs of the late, great Leigh Bowery and co.
I think the show could have been bigger, as could the book which has some glaring oversights in my opinion, but we all have our favourites and overall I was impressed. I greatly enjoyed paddling in the pool of warm nostalgia and it was great to rub shoulders with the movers and shakers of that era who I once only read about in Smash Hits. Thirty years later, here I am sharing a glass of Champagne with them. Cheers!
HERE is a link to a ten minute film all about the exhibition.