Nineties grunge style may be big right now, but for some the glamour and excess of the ’80s can’t be topped. BLITZ magazine was born in 1980, just as Maggie T came to power, New Romantics eclipsed punks and colourful characters like Leigh Bowery, Madonna and Boy George emerged. Along with The Face and i-D magazine (then owned by Time Out), BLITZ documented what was going on in pop-culture, on the streets and in decadent enclaves of London. Iain R. Webb, BLITZ’s fashion editor from ’82-’87 and now a professor in fashion at the Royal College of Art, was instrumental in shaping the look of the era. Along with Bowery and co. Webb’s accomplices included major London designers like Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano and milliner Stephen Jones, all of whom starred on BLITZ’s pages.
The ICA is hosting a two day exhibition of the magazine on May 18/19 with shoots and memorabilia to celebrate the launch of Webb’s new book ‘As Seen in BLITZ: Fashioning ’80s Style’ and incorporates a magazine exhibition and talks with key players including one which features BLITZ cover-boy Barry Kamen, Body Map designers Stevie Stewart and David Holah and makeup artist Louise Constad. Cult ’82 indie film Liquid Sky will also be playing for those partial to highly stylised alien invasions. Relive the ’80s for one weekend only. Maggie Davis
Admission for the exhibition free but tickets are priced at £20 for the talks. For more information see ica.org.uk.