Last night, we went down to the V&A’s glitzy private view for the their new exhibition ‘From Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s’ which opens to the public tomorrow, July 10. The cream of the 1980s club culture crop were out in full force (and make up); the show was officially opened by Spandau Ballet guitarist and Blitz club regular Gary Kemp. He was joined by other key music and fashion figures including Duran Duran’s John Taylor and Nick Rhodes, Toyah Willcox, Zandra Rhodes, Stephen Jones, Lulu Kennedy, Pam Hogg, Patrick Cox, Betty Jackson and Steve Strange.
Aside from celeb and outfit spotting (there were some impressive get-ups) and drinking espresso martinis, we took a peek around the show – a must-see for anyone vaguely interested in 1980s culture. It charts through looks including Glam Fetish, Goth, Rave, New Romantic with outfits from John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood, Katharine Hamnett, Stephen Jones, Patrick Cox, Betty Jackson, Leigh Bowery, BOY London and loads more. The 1980’s style has had such a revival that at times it felt like strolling around Dalston on a Friday night. Head down to learn the origins behind the racks of Urban Outfitters clothes currently worn by people who weren’t even born in the 1980s.
For info, see the Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s listing and discover the six tribes of 80’s fashion.