What we love about the 1980's
February 03 2015
Whether it was film, music, TV, or basically anything and everything from popular culture, the 1980's was a decade of great entertainment. We are going to take you back in time, once again, to explore the best of the Eighties.
E.T.‘sphonecall home; who ya gonna call? E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones, Rain Man, Batman, Driving Miss Daisy, Top Gun - they all made sure that it's safe to say the Eighties gave us some of the greatest movies of all times. And if you haven't seen them, make sure you do, because these are classics that will never fade.
Both television as well as the music industry experienced a huge boom in 1981 with the launch of the revolutionary cable network - MTV. Not only was it one of the most memorable moments in Rock'n'Roll history, it also made suremusic videos became the new big thing to artists and gave thenm a brand new vibe.
The Eighties are also the time of Michael Jackson's reinvention, Prince's best times, and Madonna's & Whitney Houston's emergence. As a survey from 2010 showed, the 80's was the most favored tune decade over the past 50 years; it doesn't really come as a surprise considering Michael Jackson‘s best-selling album of all times – Thriller was released in 1982. The most successful female singer of the decade was Madonna; her singles such as Like a Virgin, Papa Don't Preach, or Like a Prayer became never dying classics that have their place in music industry up til today. Another great musician who kicked off his career was Phil Collins, and U2 also released their first huge hits during the 80's.
Fashion, as any other art field of the 80's, can be remembered for its exceptional creativity. There were fashion designers who abandoned history, others who borrowed from it, and some that were trying to design the future. One of the most notable trends of the decade was the buffalo style. It combined street trends with high fashion, and as Mitzi Lorenz described: it was a unisex style where women weren't women and men weren't men. It was the kind of style that inspires many until this day.
Another fashion trend was the professional attire, which popularized knee-lenghts skirts, wide-legged slacks, matching blazers, and kitten-heeled shoes. Among the 1980's hits we can also include bright colors and we can't exclude Madonna's influence. Being the most popular female singer and a very influential fashionista, meant that her ''Like a Virgin'' phase brought a new look mostly for young girls; it included brassieres worn as outerwear, huge jewelry, and lace gloves.
As for men, some of the most popular clothing styles were tracksuits and v-neck sweaters, sports jerseys and hoodies. However, that was just one side of men's fashion, its other face was represented by loose flannel suits (mostly known after Richard Gere's role in American Gigolo, a film that made the name for Giorgio Armani.) The most influential designers of the decade were Vivienne Westwood, Yves Saint Laurent, Donna Karan, and Yohji Yamamoto.
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