(I've been just dying to show these photos...I was at home in vintage in the 80s, and some of these photos are much worn from my carrying them around as inspiration. I will limit my remarks and photos, but I would love to go on infinitely...)


The most modern VINTAGE wearers in the 80s didn't so much wallow in nostalgia, but nicked and adapted freely from the past. Fashion in the 80s found its kindred spirit in the 50s so inspirations from that decade were particularly compelling, while the 30s seemed to come in a glamorous second. The 60s were too recent to find great currency (not so much shape any way, but color and pattern), and the early years of the 40s were just a tad too austere for this flamboyant decade.

Edwardian Summer



Flapper Twenties
Margaret Howell white linen shirt and jacket


Starlet Thirties
Dior makeup

Donna Karan

Randy Kemper


Air Raid Forties
Pringle twinsuit and Armani cuffed trousers

Glamour Fifties
OMO Norma Kamali draped gown. Marabou stole, Adrienne Landeau

Rifat Ozbek stripes and Graham Smith straw hat

Coveri blue and silver cocktail frock


Fab Sixties

Stephen Sprouse

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