If we could describe the 80s in one word, I think the most appropriate is extra. To this day, we have not seen any other era in which the colour, the exaggerated hairstyles, the giant sleeves and the combinations of patterns are as common and representative as in this one.
To celebrate those years of fun and rebellion in the world of fashion, I've created a list with some of the most relevant fashion icons, either because of their peculiar style or because of their taste in clothing, have remained as references of that era.
Brooke Shields: From an early age, this famous actress and model appeared on the lists of the most beautiful women. Her peculiar eyebrows set the trend for girls of a whole generation, as well as her simple, classic and elegant style.
Her life, however, was marked by scandals from a very young age: she had not reached the age of 15 when he played a prostitute in the movie La pequeña and at 15 years old she became the youngest model to appear on covers for Vogue and Cosmopolitan, that same year she starred in the movie The Blue Lake.
The image of Brooke Shields was characterized by exploiting to the maximum its sensuality, youth and innocence. That image was what made her an icon of fashion. As well as her famous ad (quite controversial, by the way) for Calvin Klein. Shields promoted the fame of the Calvin Klein trousers. They were the jeans that all the girls wanted to wear. So the tendency prevailed; and the pants ran out in stores.
Grace Jones: Long before Lady Gaga was Grace Jones, who astonished everyone with her outfits that did not leave people indifferent. From an extremely short hair, through skins, over-sized hats, creative and bright makeup, and shoulder pads, Jones always had a different style and caught looks wherever she was.
She was a singer and an actress (in fact, Rihanna and Lady Gaga have admitted that she is one of her influences) ... but it all started with her modelling career. At first she did not triumph in the United States; however, her androgyny and Jamaican traits were well received in Europe.
With an irreverent attitude and showing her powerful features, she posed for the lens of Helmut Newton and became the muse of Azzedine Alaia. When she returned to the United States, a less feminine, more risky look became fashionable. And, then, the icon of the underground scene that went to Studio 54, posed with Andy Warhol ... the rest is history and part of the collective memory.
Madonna: At some point in the 1980s, they all wanted to tie a bandana to their curly hair; wear wide shoulder pads, leather jackets, worn pants, very dark eyeliner and fingerless lace gloves.
Madonna set the tone for many trends and also represented a revolution in the world, both in music and in fashion. Do you remember her singing Like a Virgin with a wedding dress? A classic!
Afterwards, the pop queen reinvented herself and left iconic garments in the audience's retina. The cones corset by Jean Paul Gaultier. The dress with 20 million dollars in diamonds, by Bob Mackie. The geisha look. All were transgressors in their own way, and although they seemed to opt for concepts different from the one with which Madonna emerged, they were actually an extension of her rebellious cry.
Lady Diana: It would be silly to even try to sum up Princess Diana’s impact on fashion and culture in one short paragraph, but if we had to, we would say this: she was the trendsetter of a generation, a champion of the power shoulder and that super eighties wedding dress, which literally went down as one of the biggest in history.
Molly Ringwad & the Brat Pack: From The Breakfast Club to Pretty In Pink, the Brat Pack dominated the decade’s teen movies, with one idol always stealing the show as the prettiest, most popular girl in school. Oh come on, don’t pretend you didn’t want to be her.
The 1980s supermodels: Lauren Hutton! Janice Dickinson! Iman! The 1980s heralded the first wave of truly super supermodels, as demand for the very best models increased tenfold and contract fees began to spiral towards the giant figures stars can command today. Chanel signed their first ‘exclusive’ booking, Debbie Parsons, in 1981 and everyone from Brooke Shields to Elle ‘The Body’ Macpherson started to endorse household products.