As Seen in BLITZ: Fashioning '80s Style

Author(s): Iain R. Webb

subcultures | vintage & retro

In London at the start of the 1980s, three new style magazines emerged to define an era. It was a time of change: after Punk, before the digital age, and at the dawn of a hedonistic club scene that saw the birth of the New Romantics. On the pages of 'BLITZ', 'The Face' and 'i-D', a new breed of young iconoclasts hoped to inspire revolution. As 'BLITZ' magazine's fashion editor from 1982-87, Iain R. Webb was at the centre of this world. His images manipulated fashion to explore ideas of transformation, beauty, glamour and sex. The magazine's arresting, subversive fashion pages, and its profiles of disparate designers and creative types, let the imagination run free. Lavishly presented here are over 100 'BLITZ' fashion stories, with previously-unseen archive content, original images and tear-sheets. A separate section features original BLITZ interviews with the key designers, and there is also a vast amount of completely new material: Iain R. Webb has gathered the memories of those involved into a gripping oral history of an under-documented time. The cast of characters and contributors includes Leigh Bowery, Amanda Cazalet, Boy George, Princess Julia, Nick Knight, David LaChapelle, Paul Morley and Anna Piaggi. Featured designers include Bodymap, Judy Blame, Dean Bright, Comme Des Garcons, Jasper Conran, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Katharine Hamnett, Hermes, Pam Hogg, Marc Jacobs, Stephen Jones, Calvin Klein, Andrew Logan, Issey Miyake, Franco Moschino, Rifat Ozbek, Antony Price, Vivienne Westwood, and many, many more.


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Iain R. Webb studied fashion design at St Martin's School of Art (now Central Saint Martins), graduating in 1980. During his career he has been fashion editor/director of 'BLITZ', 'The Evening Standard', 'Harpers & Queen', 'The Times' and 'Elle', while contributing to publications including 'New Musical Express', 'New York Times', 'The Independent' and 'Vogue'. He won the Fashion Journalist of The Year Award two years running in 1995 and 1996. A respected fashion writer, he is the author of 'Bill Gibb, Fashion and Fantasy'; 'Foale and Tuffin: The Sixties. A Decade in Fashion', ISBN: 9781851496068 and 'Postcards From the Edge of the Catwalk' ISBN: 9781851496471. He acts as a consultant at the Fashion Museum, Bath and is Professor of Fashion at Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins.

General Fields

  • : 9781851497232
  • : Antique Collectors' Club Ltd
  • : ACC Editions
  • : February 2013
  • : May 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Iain R. Webb
  • : Hardback
  • : 272