- Dress and Popular Culture
- Fashion at the Edge: Spectacle, Modernity, and Deathliness
- StreetStyle: From Sidewalk to Catwalk
- Why do styles shift in and out of popularity.
- Why are styles adopted by groups of people.
- Why do trends occur and sometimes reoccur.
- Why does being fashionable hold such importance for some people.
- Why is fashion often symbolic and not only functional.
Knowing now what I knew and loved then, I contemplate how to impress my 80s self. Past midnight, in the hallway of the dormitory - when everyone else is asleep - is when I will find myself sitting there in a silly oversized t-shirt reading too many assignments for one night - face coated in minty-sulphuric, green, beauty-clay.
The matte, black, stretchy pleather leggings of a few twenty-first century years ago will be just the thing to catch my eye. Those, I think - along with some over-the-knee, black leather riding boots. The rest won't matter. Long hair and double-pierced ears will be edgy enough to impress that person sitting there in her clay beauty treatment, growing out a mullet.
That self might recognize this self - perhaps critically... never mind that.
Me: Appearing in the doorway slowly and casually sauntering by, "It seems the studying will never end... I remember."
In response, a glance of surprise and scrutiny... also approval for the "look". It worked. I think I'm someone's visiting mother.
Me: "These books are perfect for you and hold answers to many of your questions. Read them between your assignments."
In wordless response, I retreat to the dorm-room, leaving the books on my desk and ascend the loft bed ladder... thinking I've missed too much sleep - as I drift off, unaware - until tomorrow - of the messages to myself tucked among the bookstack pages.If that very short fiction left you in the mood for still more imaginary/fashion/time travel quick-fiction, your wish is granted here. Or, if you'd like more than just the bookstack - there are more books and movies here. More about 80s beauty and hairstyles here. An 80s fashion post with more about leggings here.
The Perfect Bookstack for the Fashionably Curious:
Dress and Popular Culture, Patricia Cunningham and Susan Voso Lab. Bowling Green State University Popular Press - 1991.
Fashion at the Edge: Spectacle, Modernity, and Deathliness, Caroline Evans. Yale University Press - 2003.
StreetStyle: From Sidewalk to Catwalk, Ted Polhemus. Thames and Hudson - 1994.