1980's Fashion

Fashion 1980's.mp4

Fashion in the 1980's

Fashion in the 1980's begins to change away from the Hippie look of the late 1960's and the 1970's. In the early part of the 1980's fashion shifted away from comfort and what emerged was the Yuppie look. A look that exuded wealth and success - pressed suits expressive designer fashion and a well put together hairstyle. But by the mid to late 1980's fashion got fun again bright colors and geometric shapes take center stage. Fashion was reflecting the changing current of television in America with an explosion of new TV networks that focused on a younger hip crowd. Networks like MTV helped shape this new fashion trend of big hair and an even bigger style.

Television and movies plays a huge role in fashion in the 1980's and while many of the fashions portrayed on the screen were at times more exaggerated than the actual fashion trends of the time these looks become the iconic style of the time.


Task 1: Watch the Introductory Video to this Unit (5 minutes)

Task 2: Review the provided images, videos and attached links for Fashion during the 1980's (15 minutes)

Task 3: Using the information you learned about fashion in the 1980's and through your own investigation (30 minutes)

  • Identify and describe at least three trends of the era and provide at least one example of each.

  • Find examples of fashion trends through images and video if celebrities of the decade.

      • You cannot use any examples already shown on the page

  • Document your finding on the assignment posted to GOOGLE CLASSROOM

Task 4: Submit your research on GOOGLE CLASSROOM

Men's Fashion

The look that often ruled the 80’s was often cool and casual. Miami Vice was a popular TV series at the time and men liked to follow the style of Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas. This kind of style consisted of casual t-shirts under designer jackets, suits in pastel and bright colors. Loafers and boat shoes were popular at the time and were often worn without socks; also it was the style to wear your sleeves pushed up and your jackets open. It was also common to wear a shirt without a tie to the office and Hawaiian shirts made popular by TV show Magnum P.I. could be seen in and out of the office. It was also movies that influenced styles of the 80’s, leather and sports themed jackets worn by Eddie Murphy in Beverley Hills Cop became widely popular. The leather jackets worn by Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator became very popular as well.

As with any decade, we always find influence from film, TV, celebrity and music stars. This seems to all start in a huge way during the 80’s. Celebrity hysteria could be witnessed at some of the biggest music stars concerts, and this lead people to begin imitating the style of some of their most favored icons. (https://www.mensfashionmagazine.com/a-decade-in-fashion-the-1980s )

Women's Fashion

Women's fashions of the 1980s juxtaposed glamour with casual. Gym clothes became streetwear, and design trends were influenced by the underclass. Exaggerated hairstyles, puffy sleeves, ruffles, jewel tones, and padded shoulders mixed with new style concepts created a wild mix of costumes. After the elite lost their hold on fashion in the 1960s and 1970s, the arrival of Ronald Reagan in the United States and Princess Diana in Great Britain heralded a new influence of the upper crust.

Popular TV shows like Dallas, Dynasty, and Miami Vice showcased luxurious lifestyles of the rich. People started flocking to indoor malls as shopping, in and of itself, became entertainment. The music culture of the South Bronx encouraged inhabitants of poverty-stricken areas to wear designer labels with large, prominent logos. (https://bellatory.com/fashion-industry/Womens-Fashions-of-the-1980s )