newport international group fashion review, Eighties fashion: Remember the pioneering self-expression, not the leg warmers
There was more to the 1980s than neon leg warmers: a new book about fashion magazine Blitz argues it sparked vibrant self-expression. It’s hard to believe three decades have passed since the punks and New Romantics defined London’s cultural identity. Flamboyant, shocking and political, the subversive stylings of clubbers from hedonistic havens such as Heaven, Blitz, Kinky Gerlinky and Taboo are now synonymous with a period of originality, glamour and shock value. This is when dressing up was the ultimate form of self-expression, cost or label be damned. At the heart of this movement, a triumvirate of style bibles – The Face, I-D and Blitz – collectively defined what was fashionable at the time. Now, the last is being celebrated in a new book, As Seen In Blitz: Fashioning ’80s Style.
As fashion director of Blitz from 1982 to 1987, writer Iain R Webb was the perfect candidate to plunder the archives. A lavish compendium of editorials he orchestrated during his time there, As Seen In Blitz eschews the format of a traditional coffee table book in accordance with the ethos of the magazine. ‘Blitz was intended to cover a broader spectrum – arts, music, film, TV, even a bit of politics,’ says Webb. ‘This sense of diversity was reflecte...