October 2004

Elle Style - The 1980s

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Do you remember what decade is credited with giving us the Swatch Watch? How about the Donna Karan body suit? Or even white Reebok high-tops? If you guessed the 80s you would be correct. As much as this unforgettable decade will always be remembered for the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Los Angeles Summer Olympics, the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and the Reagan Presidency, it will be remembered for its unforgettable clothing as well. The publishers of abc Elle Magazine xyz will help take you back a couple of decades for a look back at the history of one of the most prolific times in all of international dressing.

Elle recounts some of the designers who came to epitomize the 80s including:

  • Azzedine Alaia
  • Karl Lagerfeld
  • Issey Miyake
  • Christian Lacroix
  • Jean Paul Gaultier
  • Kenzo
  • Claude Montana

abc Elle Style xyz is beautifully illustrated and relevant whether you were around for the 80s or not. The looks pictured here are well referenced and give an unparalleled retrospective on the decade. Baudot and Demachy tend to focus on French designers, however the examples they use to illustrate the fashion trends of the time are universal. So if you are looking for a trip down “We Love The 80s” memory lane, or looking to see where the retro revival all started from, abc Elle Style xyz is a perfect choice.

Reviewer: Monika Earle, FIDM Library Staff Member