20th Century Fashion Resources
by Lanajean Vecchione

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Eighties
Power suits, dress for success, and the conservative preppie look were everywhere. Fashionable brand names like Izod, Nike, and Adidas were the rage in street styles like rap, Valley Girl and Flash Dance. In couture, Karl Lagerfeld revives the house of Chanel. Other designers included Anne Klein, Perry Ellis, Vivian Westwood, Norma Kamali, Jean Paul Gaultier, Moschino, and John Galliano.

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Web Sites about 1980s Fashions and Culture

    The 80s Server
    http://www.80s.com


      This is the biggest and the best site is devoted to eighties fads, popular culture, and fashion. There are a few free features, but they ask you to register (for free) as a member to access the fashion section. There are also links to other eighties sites.


    The 1980s - Solemates: The Century in Shoes
    http://www.centuryinshoes.com/decades/1980/1980.html


      This easy to navigate site features shoes styles from each decade. The Eighties page gives a great representation of a workout outfit, with shoes for power dressing not far behind. Be sure to check out soles from other eras while you're here.

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Books About Eighties Fashions and Culture


    The 1980S (Fashion Sourcebooks)


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    The 80'S and 90's : Power Dressing to...


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    20th Century Fashion: The 80s and 90s - Power Dressing to Sportswear
    by Clare Lomas


      This book is part of a new series that explores 20th century fashion decade by decade. Intended as a quick overview for students, they are also great for beginners. Each book in the set offers color photos, a timeline of people, history and fashion, and additional resources. This particular volume does a great job on fads from the eighties, with just ten pages from the not so far away nineties.


    Surfers, Soulies, Skinheads and Skaters: Subcultural Styles From the Forties to the Nineties
    by Amy De La Haye


      This colorful book is designed like a multimedia presentation, with each page reflecting the examined fashion period. It coincided with a museum exhibition of streetwear, and it does a good job of including a wide range of underground looks spanning several decades.


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Videos About Eighties Fashion and Culture


    Fast Times at Ridgemont High


      This classic film starring Sean Penn is still fashionably funny and captures many of the eighties fads and attitudes in humor and music. Donžt forget to check out the checkerboard Vans slip in sneakers that were seen everywhere following this movie's release.


    Flashdance


      This popular film launched what would be known as the flashdance look, workout wear with sweatshirts adjusted to your liking through deep off the shoulder cuts or slashes in the bodice.

      What a feeling!


    The Wedding Singer


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