Where the runway meets the street

The poor old ’80s gets a tough ride style-wise which is complete nonsense, yes, a lot of bad things found popularity, but this was an era of incredible creativity and originality in certain pockets and subcultures. New V&A exhibition ‘Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s‘ looks to rescue this much-maligned era, “The exhibition traces the emerging theatricality in British fashion as the capital’s vibrant and eclectic club scene influenced a new generation of designers.” Starting off in the sharply competitive club scene, places like Blitz and Club for Heroes saw regulars push experimental to new levels in a bid to out-do their peers. A mix of New Romantic, Punk, Goth and all sorts in-between, these looks soon found themselves gracing catwalks, with designers including John Galliano, Katherine Hamnett and Betty Jackson coming up through colleges such as St Martins and The Royal College of Art. Here Crane.TV concentrates on one particularly legendary night out and gives a glimpse at the new exhibition, “the story of the Blitz kids is an alternative history of the eighties when style was all, and how you looked was who you were.” Press Play

Club to CatwalkV&A London 10 July – 16 February 2014

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