Exhibitions

Calling 80s fashion fanatics

Back comb the big hair and slip on those acid washed jeans.... the Victoria and Albert Museum in London goes back to the 1980s with an exhibition devoted to the fashions and trends of the decade dominated by Maggie, Madonna and Super Mario (“Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s”, 10 July-16 February 2014). A jaunty set of jackets commissioned in 1986 by Blitz magazine is, however, missing from the parade. The jackets, 22 in all, were made by Levi Strauss & Co; the V&A has nine in its collection but its senior curator of fashion, Claire Wilcox, has issued an appeal to find the remaining 13 designed by John Galliano, Zandra Rhodes, and Paul Smith, among others. Let's hope the undiscovered garments are as outlandish as stylist Stephen Linard's jacket, housed at the V&A, which has a removable hip flask, handbag and patisserie set (a cake knife and spoon apparently hang elegantly on the sleeve).

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