The rise of a new avant-garde in British fashion in the 1980s propelled London to instant hub status, marked by its first fashion week in 1984. “Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s,” opening on July 10 at the Victoria and Albert Museum, revisits the designers such as Vivienne Westwood and John Galliano who defined the era, and the outrageous club kids who fed their aesthetic, which assistant curator Kate Bethune describes as “anything goes, more is more.” “The point of these clubs is that you’d dress up,” she says. “If you didn’t dress up, you wouldn’t be let in. There was no downplaying it.” At right, an assortment of glam-camp accessories for kids today who want to live out loud.
“CLUB TO CATWALK” OPENS AT THE V&A ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 10.