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New Romantics 1980s fashion HELP!

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clarebear1 Fri 30-Jan-09 22:02:08

Im doing a project including the history of 1980s fashion, need some help i cant seem to understand what New Romantics is, any extra info on this era would be much appreciated thanks!

gothicmama Fri 30-Jan-09 22:07:28

new romatics were born out of punk and the American New wave scene. New romantic groups were visage it was about men in eyeliner and frilly shirts and much more

JackieNo Fri 30-Jan-09 22:08:25

Wikipedia link, and tons of information.

janeite Fri 30-Jan-09 22:11:19

Google Spandeau Ballet, Malcolm McClaren, Vivienne Westwood, Adam and The Ants.

And have a drool at this.

JackieNo Fri 30-Jan-09 22:12:08

He was gorgeous then, wasn't he. Those cheekbones...

Ohforfoxsake Fri 30-Jan-09 22:13:17

God! I feel old now! sad

janeite Fri 30-Jan-09 22:13:53

Those eyes.................

Ohforfoxsake Fri 30-Jan-09 22:16:36

I nearly married him.

Glad I didn't now.

(I was 11 at the time BTW) grin

soyabean Fri 30-Jan-09 22:36:49

OFFS love your name

baggy trousers with tight belt. Pixie booots, frilly shirts, lopsided floppy hair...

BikeRunSki Sat 31-Jan-09 12:32:16

Lots of eye make up.

Actually, just lots of make up. Men and women.

Flamboyant pirate and military looks.

Vivienne Westwood is your woman. Saw a restrospective of her work last year, fabulous, and made me feel very nostalgic. I was a bit young, but we lived in south London and used to make our parents t

BikeRunSki Sat 31-Jan-09 12:34:09

take us down King's Road to see all the punks, New Roms, Teddy Boys, Mods etc. Loved it. Hand knitted tank tops and Clark's shoes didn't quite cut it. (Although I would have been very cool if Pulp had been around when O was 9!).

Ohforfoxsake Sat 31-Jan-09 13:20:44

Visage, The Blitz Club, boys in make up. Couldn't get myself a boyfriend in eye-liner, was very uncool sad

clarebear1 Sun 01-Feb-09 16:38:36

when abouts did the new romantics come in? im comfused about what order fashions went in if u know what i mean!

clarebear1 Mon 02-Feb-09 16:41:22


verygreenlawn Mon 02-Feb-09 16:51:40

I would say 1980 - so post New Wave, groups like Spandau Ballet, Steve Strange, David Sylvian. DH says Flock of Seagulls too! I'd say later (by mid-80s) it got a lot more pop - people like Nik Kershaw, Howard Jones, Heaven 17.

All I can really remember of it was lots of dramatic make-up for the boys, the pirate look was big (baggy trousers and ruffled blouses), dramatic hair (quiffs, etc) - sort of stuff my dad would say "what's SHE wearing" whenever one of my heroes was on the telly ...

clarebear1 Tue 03-Feb-09 12:39:12

ok fanx,any other replys greatly appreciated!

time4tea Fri 06-Feb-09 10:29:37

David Sylvian & Japan I think are probably a key look. There was an interesting Observer article a few months ago about him, saying that in the late 1970s/early 1980s, everyone wanted to look like him. Even Lady Di as she was then. Completely true, IMO. I was about 11, obsessed by his fabulous beauty... still a fine-looking man (I feel one million years old..)

Buda Fri 06-Feb-09 10:31:53

Oi!!!! You cannot possibly be doing a project on history and it be my era!!!!! I am but a youngster.

HeadFairy Fri 06-Feb-09 10:39:21

buda... I'm singing fade to grey in my head now! I LOVED visage!

HeadFairy Fri 06-Feb-09 10:40:08

blimey, it still sounds brilliant!

Buda Fri 06-Feb-09 10:43:09

sad - all i get with that link is 'this video is not available in your country'.

HeadFairy Fri 06-Feb-09 10:44:50

sorry buda, I've just been dancing around my office to that blush

Now listening to Vienna by Ultravox on You tube, I had a big thing about Midge Ure, funny cos he's not really a big thing at all, teeeny weeeny little fella

Buda Fri 06-Feb-09 10:49:14

oh yes - I liked him too. Esp with those shaped sideburns.

HeadFairy Fri 06-Feb-09 10:56:44

Blimey I had sophisticated music tastes for an 11/12 year old, that's what happens when you've got a sister 4 years older than you I guess.

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