THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE 80S

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We’re off to the ball! On 21 September Film Fatale is hosting a re-creation of Back to the Future’s famous Enchantment Under The Sea” school dance. The music will be a mixture of Back to The Future’s many eras from the 1950s to 1980s, aswill the audience’s attire.We’ve put together a look book for some 1980s style inspiration.

Thanks to Grease’s fame in the late 70s and Dirty Dancing, Peggy Sue got Married and Back to The Future in the 1980s, there was a wonderful wave of 1950s and early 1960s-style prom dresses. Some of them morphed in 1980s taffeta nightmares but many of them didn’t stray far from the original style and can still be found in vintage shops today without the original 1950s vintage dress price tag.

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The 1980s was a time of experimentation and expression from everyday clothes to couture fashion. What was in vogue in the 1980s has helped shape some of the sharper looks of modern-day fashion. If you’re planning on emulating 1980s fashion without looking like you’re going to a fancy dress party, copy 1980s high fashion and you can’t go wrong.

Vintage Vogue December 1960

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Take inspiration from movies like Pretty in Pink, 16 Candles, Footloose or Ferris Bueller.

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Let your inner cheese monster run wild and emulate the ultimate 1980s prom dress. The bigger the better for shoulder pads and frills. Remembers there is no such thing as too much sparkle. This is one of the only occasions you’ll get away with full-length spandex or taffeta. Treasures like these can occasionally be found in charity shops and auntie’s closets but Lucy’s Lounge in Temple bar is always a safe bet.

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Whether you’re going for the Vogue look or someting more theatrical,  1980s makeup was bold and bright.

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Hair

Whether it was sleek, curly or frizzy, bigger was most definitely better.

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