These are things I discuss in my 80s Fashion Design Book 1: Drawn - available at Etsy. An excerpt:
|Toile La La collage featuring late 80s magazine tearsheet. 80s Fashion Design Book 1: Drawn.|
"Pre-Vintage: Before widespread enthusiasm for vintage... this was an image - marked Tim Jenkins - cut from a magazine and glued into my small, black late 80s/early 90s sketch/scrapbook. For me, it signals the advent or cusp of America's fascination with vintage finds. The ensemble seems simultaneously goth and flapper-esque, not quite steampunk. Her backpack/purse is the touch of youth and modernity. I like how she is running about in her fringe and hat and long, knotted strand of beads on a muddy, blustery, grey day.
Thrift or vintage dressing... didn't really catch on until the late 80s. Vintage and recycled clothing became popular, trendy, closer to the 90s.... .
The ideas behind many of the clothes we wore in the 80s were not new - but the clothes were. Here though, the vintage look seems authentic, giving this image an uncommon quality or sense of otherness. It's a thought-out, not thrown-on, ensemble... the dark bits from history with a speck-of-color bow."