May 16, 2013 : In
Books, Things We Like
From BLITZ #56 - August 1987
BLITZ appeared in the early eighties and documented the decade that saw the rise of the stylist and fashion making its way out of the clubs and into the mainstream. The birth of British fashion as it is now, really.
The Face and i-D were the other two style magazines of the time but they, in turn, were always a bit more interested in music and what was going on on the street. BLITZ kept its eye on the higher, more glamourous ground.
Iain R Webb was BLITZ's fashion editor from 1982-1987 and in his fascinating As Seen in BLITZ: Fashioning '80s Style (ACC EDITIONS) he has revisited and brought together over one hundred of his fashion features from the time and added previously-unseen archive content, original images and tear-sheets. Marvel at Comme Des Garcons, Jasper Conran, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Katharine Hamnett (who first exhibited alongside in Richard in Paris in 1987, the year that he redefined the Savile Row suit) and more.
Richard's latest addition to our bookshelves and a neat lead-in to the V&A's forthcoming From Club to Catwalk exhibition.
As Seen in BLITZ: Fashioning '80s Style