London Fashion 1980’s

At Subway, Black and white photograph
 by Derek Ridgers 1986


Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980’s

 10 July 2013 – 16 February 2014

 Victoria and Albert Museum, London



Revisit the biggest trends of the 1980s, as a retrospective

  of London’s underground clubbing style goes on show at

London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, exploring the impact

the scene had on the runway fashion of the era.


From July 10 to February 14 at London’s V&A Museum,

take a look back at the impact the the city’s 1980s club scene

had on the world of fashion with Club to Catwalk: London

Fashion in the 1980s. All of the 1980s hallmarks are analyzed

and explained, from punk rocker mohicans and peroxide crew

cuts, to the obligatory shoulder pads, cropped denim jackets and

psychedelic prints worn by idols of the decade such as Boy George

and Adam Ant and clubbers at London venues like Taboo, Blitz

and Camden Palace. The exhibition is set over two floors, with

more than 85 looks from designers including John Galliano

and Vivienne Westwood, along with clubwear from the period.

On the first floor, visitors can plunge into the club atmosphere of

underground Eighties nightlife as it existed in East London, while

the second floor will showcase specific trends from the decade,

including Goth, fetish wear, New Romantic, High Camp and

rave culture. Summer-long nostalgia, in the birthplace of many

of these cult trends.





Jonathan Batcave

by Derek Ridgers 1983




Levi Strauss & Co Denim jacket,

customized by Vivienne Westwood1986




Trojan and Mark at Taboo, colour photograph 

by Derek Ridgers 1986




Yasmin, Colour photograph 
by Derek Ridgers 1984



Front cover from The Face (Hell’s Angels Cover) no 77
Lloyd Johnson gold jacket September 1986




 “Tiger” man’s wool jumper

by Joseph Ettedgui 1985

Given by Martin Kamer




 “Stay Alive in 85″ silk T-shirt
by Katharine Hamnett 1984




Denim jacket by Levi Strauss & Co,

customised by Leigh Bowery 1986




 The Cloth, Summer Summit
by Anita Corbin 1985