Flirty and Thriving


The Go-Go's Bugle Boy Jeans Commercial
RARE LEVIS animated 80's Commercial w/ Tarzan and Transformers

The 1980s were referred to the ME generation. Which allowed many fads and fashion to play a huge part in their life . Some of the many new fashions going on during the 80s.were...

- Leg Warmers

- Add-a-Bead Necklaces

- Neon

- Acid Washed Jeans

- The Preppie Look

- Members Only Jackets

- Ankle Socks

- Guess Jeans

- Layered Socks

- Oversized Shirts

- Wayfarer Sunglasses

- Swatch Watches

- Jelly Shoes (Jellies)

- Knit Square End Ties

- Friendship Pins

- Reebok Hightops

- Chuck Taylors by Converse

- Rolling: Sleeves and Jeans

- Paint Splatter Fashion

- Stirrup Pants

- Jumpsuits

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Madonna look was the most sought after and copied look during the 1980's. "She started the layered look, with shirts and coats and more shirts. A lace shirt was often worn over another shirt. Or a sweatshirt with an oversized neck or cut off sleeves was worn over a smaller shirt or bra. " (1980)

Her layers also included accessories. She wore multiple necklaces and bracelets, some with crosses and other icon. She also liked wearing pearls and beads. Her earrings were most of the time long and dangly, with crosses or religious symbols.

Leg Warmers

Leg warmers were created before the 1980s.Leg warmers were used as a function before they were a fad dancers wore leg warmers as a nesscity then for style.

“Then when Fame and Flashdance hit the silver screen in the early 80s, teenage girls everywhere thought it would be a great idea to play everyday “dress up” and they began adding leg warmers to their wardrobes.”(1980)

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Leg warmers were worn with some of the other fads like knit pants, parachute pants, and mini skirts. They even wore them with dresses. fashionistas during 80s wore leg warmers with everything. Whether they knew how to dance or not, you wore leg warmers or they didn’t have any hope of being cool. nothing was practical in the 1980s. They didn’t need practical when being cool was looking the part.

Like all fads in fashion they die down. Leg warmers died down in the mid 80s. Teenage girls finally got some sense in them realizing that it didn't make them a dance if they put it with a mini skirt.

Parachute Pants

another crazy fad was parachute pants. WHen we hear then word parachute we think of jump out of airplane wearing them. but if you were raised in the 80s then it meant the parachute pants. parachute pants were made out of the same materials as parachute. Parachute pants were originally created for break dancers whose pants needed to stand the abuse of break dancing. For the more edgy effect the featured multiple zippers..

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Oversized shirts

Even though over sized shirts were worn by Madonna they originated from the movie Flashdance
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An oversized sweatshirt, with or without the sleeves, was worn over a bra, tank top or smaller shirt. It was then paired with (leggings), really tight jeans or a mini skirt. Colleges started adopting the style putting there logo on the shirts. when the new style of neon came out the sweatshirts were ready to adapt to it. The neon color were mostly paired with black leggings or jeans.

This style even hit button down shirts as well. They weren’t tucked in they were worn over leggings and paired with a belt most of the time. They weren't just for looking causal any more. oversized shirt were made to look dressier for church. They did this by adding shoulder pads, and wearing silk shirts over leggings.


The 1980's saw the continued rise of the blockbuster, an increased amount of nudity in film and the increasing quality in the American industry on film franchises, especially in the sci-fi,horror, and action genres. Much of the reliance on these effect-driven blockbusters was due in part to the Star Wars films and the top engrossed movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial at the beginning of this decade and the new cinematic effects it helped to evolve.

The teen comedy sub-genre saw its popularity rise during this decade. It became popular with the classic films like The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, and 16 candles. Another popular teen movie was The Heather’s, which is like a 1980’s mean girls.

In the US, the PG-13 rating was introduced in 1984, to accommodate films that straddled the line between PG and R.


After non-outstanding theater performances in the 1970’s, Broadway rebounded in the 1980s with bigger shows and bigger stars than it had in years. Theater audiences fell in love with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mega Broadway classics. The $4 million production cost for the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats in 1982 set a Broadway record; only six years later his Phantom of the Opera cost $8 million.

Theatergoers, who paid about ten dollars for a seat in the mid 1970s, found themselves spending between twenty-five and forty-five dollars a ticket for a comparable show by 1983. Webber scored shows produced by Mackintosh took home three Best Musical trophies. In the '80’s, one for the enigmatically long-running "Cats" in '83, and one for "The Phantom of the Opera" in '88 which now has the distinction of the longest running show on Broadway, a title formerly held by "Cats."


The 80's was the decade of revolutionary changes in the music scene. This was the boom of pop music, but the rock genre made sure to mark its territory amongst audience of all ages.

Music became a huge marketing tool for filmmakers thanks to MTV. TV producers and manufacturers of everything from sneakers to soft drinks used hit songs and hot performers to sell their products.

This decade is often related to the usage of synthesizers, thus synthpop music as well as other electronic genres like techno, house and others with non-traditional instruments. Music became more diverse marking the beginning of R&B, hip hop, urban, and rap that would continue booming with popularity through the 90's 2000's.

Regardless of how we see it today this decade was marked by soul-inflected poop that seek for individuality. Artist became more involved with they're image and standing out. This decade screamed "crazy".


Premiering in 1981 MTV was the most influential essence of music during this decade. The widely know channel gave artist and producers a more popular medium and granted them with exposure all over the world.The video channel agave established artists a boost by televising more than one single off an album-resulting in several hits from any one recording. Some critics believe that superstars like Madonna would not have risen to the heights of fame that she has were it not for Music Television. Since the channel relies on interesting visuals to capture viewing audiences, MTV is constantly upping the creative ante for artists who freely experiment with bright colors, images, rapid-fire editing, motifs, dreamlike imagery, and other visual techniques, making it an impact full resource to society.

The first video was titled "Video Killed the Radio"

The Legends

Michael Jackson


Phil Collins

Bruce Springsteen

John Mellencamp

Bon Jovi




Whitney Houston



Duran Duran

Guns n' Roses

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

Beastie Boys

Ozzy Osborn

The Smiths

Taking Heads

Paul McCartney

Cindy Lauper


Sonic Youth


Van Halen

Billy Joel

The Police


Many of the musicians of the 80's have maintained staying in power and are still popular today.

Rupert Holmes - (Escape) The Pina Colada Song (Lyrics)
Don't Stop Believing Journey lyrics


NBC's Earliest Report on AIDS 1982


In 1981 AIDs was identified to be the sexually transmitted disease that was deadly.They mostly found this disease in homosexual males, but found it less in hetrosexual men and women. In the early 80’s over 400 people had been identified with AIDs and ⅓ of them had died. over the decade the number kept rising, because in the 80’s people didn’t want to be safe, they wanted to have fun

First women went into space

Sally Ride was the first American women to go into space in 1983 at the age of 32. Sally Ride was born in 1951 in California and died just last year. Sally along with co-workers launched into space on June 18, 1983. Sally Ride got a lot of criticism because of her gender, but she only wanted to see herself as an astronaut.

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Challenger Explodes

On January 28, 1986 The Challenger exploded 73 seconds into flight, causing the deaths of seven crew members. The spaceship fell into the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Florida. The ship exploded because of an O-ring failed at lift-off. The crew compartment and many other fragments were found after a long search. It is said that a couple of the crew member survived the explosion, but the impact of the ocean was too much.

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Art Photography Literature


The 1980s were a vibrant period in recent art history. There were many active collectors and certain young artists—such as Julian Schnabel, Robert Longo, and David Salle—seemed to break into gallery stardom directly from art school. Painting had made a “comeback” after the Conceptual and Minimalist eras. In the 1980s Neo-Expressionism, New Image painting, the East Village scene, graffiti art, and neo-conceptualism were a few of the styles of art.

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neo-expressionism: a style of modern painting and sculpture that emerged in the late 1970s and dominated the art market until the mid-1980s
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new image painting: a loosely defined painting movement whose artists depict everyday objects disassociated from their backgrounds or environments in a simplified representational style

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Graffiti: writing or drawings that have been scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place
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Neo-conceptualism art: Art that is intended to convey an idea or concept to the perceiver and need not involve the creation or appreciation of a traditional art object such as a painting or sculpture
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The East Village's vision of underground subcultures offered an environment where artists could exhibit work that was experimental, untried, and, consequently, ill-suited for the established corporate art market centered uptown


Art institutions, contemporary art galleries, and collectors turned their attention to photography during the 80's. Since then, photography has become the most compelling medium for many critics of contemporary art. One explanation is that photography has ceased to be a relatively straightforward view of the world as it really is and has become—like other art forms—a strategy for commentary and creativity.
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Unlike the work of Cindy Sherman, who stages her photographs like mini-dramas and is largely credited for this change in thinking.
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Since the 80s, photography of all descriptions—either "classic" documentary photography or "conceptual" art photography—has risen to great prominence in the museum world and art market.



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Corene, born on May 9, 1959 in North Carolina, USA spent her time as a GIS/Planning Technician. She enjoyed photography, camping, hiking, traveling, and science fiction. She was one of the most recognized poets in the 80’s and mostly wrote about her life and struggles and went by the name “roarin’ fire”.

Gentle Wind

The gentle wind blows

Leaves swirl slowly

To the ground

Like empty dreams

Of the lonely

They fall down

With a single tear

Only to die and fade

Always knowing next year

New ones will be made



Major Political Events:

Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980. Reagan engaged in new political and economic initiatives, His supply-side economics policies, “Reaganomics”, advocated reducing tax rates to spur economic growth, controlling the money supply to reduce inflation, deregulation of the economy, and reduce government spending. He was known as a conservative icon and ranked highly in public opinion polls of U.S. presidents and is credited for generating ideological renaissance on the American political right.
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The Reagan Administration focused and accelerated on the “War on Drugs” that was publicized through anti-drug campaigns such as the Just Say No campaign run by the first lady, Nancy Reagan. Drugs became a serious problem in the 80’s, cocaine was popular among celebrities and teenagers, while crack a cheaper and more potent offshoot of the drug, turned the inner cities into war zones.
In 1982, Reagan’s economic program had difficulties as the recession that began in 1979 continued, in the short term the effect of Reaganomics was a soaring budget deficit. Government borrowing, along with tightening of the money supply, resulted in high interest rates and a serious recession with 10% unemployment in 1892. Reagan allowed the Federal Reserve to drastically reduce the money supply to cure inflation, but it only resulted in the recession deepening temporarily.

Towards the end of the Cold War, the Reagan Administration adopted a hard-line stance towards the USSR. East and West tensions in the 80’s reached levels that had not been seen since the Chile Missile Crisis. The Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) arose from the worsening U.S.-Soviet relations of the Reagan Era. SDI became a multi-billion dollar research project for a missile defense system that could shoot down incoming Soviet missiles and eliminate the need for mutually assured destruction.

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On July 7, 1981, the first woman was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Ronald Reagan nominated Sandra Day O’Connor in a vote of 99 for and zero against. She was officially sworn in and took her seat on the U.S. Supreme Court on September 25, 1981. She served for the court for over two decades.

Also in 1981, John Hinckley Jr. attempted assassination of president Ronald Reagan outside of the Washington Hilton Hotel. He had just finished giving a speech to a group of trade unionists at the National Conference of Building and Construction Trades Department. Hinckley pulled out .22 caliber revolver and fired six shots in quick succession. Secret service agent, Tim McCarthy, spread out his body as wide as he could as a human shield to protect the president, only leaving the president with a punctured lung. Reagan only spent 11 days in the hospital and Hinckley was found “not guilty by reason of insanity” on all 13 counts against him.

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Works Cited

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"80s Pop Music - Still Totally Awesome." Like Totally 80s - 1980s Culture, Music, Movies and Fashion. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Apr. 2013. <http://www.liketotally80s.com/80s-pop-music.html>.

"Billboard Number One Hits of the 80s: 1980-1989." Like Totally 80s - 1980s Culture, Music, Movies and Fashion. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Apr. 2013. <http://www.liketotally80s.com/billboard-number-one-hits.html>.

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