'Club to Catwalk' at the V&A Museum

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Chinti and Parker’s perpetual love of outlandish prints and zingy colour combinations has meant that we’ve been dying to get down to the V&A’s ‘Club to Catwalk’ exhibition since it opened in July.  A retrospective on how London’s vibrant Eighties club scene sparked a new wave of design inspiration, the showcase reveals some of the most flamboyant outfits that the fashion world has seen to date.  At long last, with a spare Saturday afternoon to fill, a member of the Chinti and Parker team popped along to take a look.

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Gently easing her senses in, she started on the lower floor, which showcased glass cabinets of early works by the likes of Patricia Roberts, Sarah Dallas and Vivienne Westwood, amongst others.  Affectionately drawn to the designs of fellow print enthusiast, Betty Jackson, Chinti’s roving reporter was filled with inspiration to be more daring with her own outfit choices.  As per the prevalent dress code, nothing makes a girl feel more under dressed than gold lamé.

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Feeling confident enough to venture upstairs, she was met by various catwalks lined with outfits from the era’s categories of High Camp, Fetish, Classic, Rave and Goth.  Revealing a world of leather, lace, taffeta, rubber and studs, it became clear why the Eighties have gained such a legendary reputation in fashion history.  Think big hair, big make-up and even bigger dance moves.  A picture says a thousand words and we think these speak for themselves...

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An outfit from the 'Brave New World Collection' by Pam Hogg, 1989

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shirt dress, t-shirt and scarf all Betty Jackson 1989