Fashion


High cut bikini and polka dot one piece, photo by David Mist, 1987. Collection: Powerhouse Museum, Sydney © David Mist

High cut bikini and polka dot one piece, photo by David Mist, 1987. Collection: Powerhouse Museum, Sydney © David Mist

“It was en era when there were no limits, androgyny was accepted into the mainstream and women were fierce!” Ms Fitz, Stylist, designer and performer

From the theatrical flourishes of Vivienne Westwood and Zandra Rhodes to Katharine Hamnett’s slogan T-shirts – from Madonna’s outer-underwear to Margaret Thatcher’s bow tie blouses and power suits – the 80s saw as many fashion styles and statements as there were parties, boardrooms and protest marches to be seen wearing them. This section of the exhibition looks at a few of these fashion statements and what they tell us about the decade.


A SELECTION OF OBJECTS ON DISPLAY IN THE EXHIBITION

99/6/25 Suit,  womens, linen/silk, desig99/6/24 Outfit, womens, top/trousers/tab99/6/33 Outfit, pants/ shirt/ vest/ headA10411 Brooch: bronze, enamel and silver87/1219 Evening dress & accessories, silComme des Garcons outfitEvening dress by Zandra RhodesMens suit made for Waltons LimitedGold lame evening dressA10432 Neckring kit, composed of a stain2004/146/2 Dress, womens, screen printed