New Wave January 10, 1980 California Mart Original caption: “They’re New Wave!” said designer Carlos Arias as he pointed to the two youngsters modeling Marlene Stewart’s lavender nylon cire jumpsuits–one wrapped with a matching telephone cord, geometric sunglasses, and high-heeled shoes.” Photo by Dean Musgrove Cindy Crawford 1988 Original Caption: “Fashion parade attended by many fashion designers and photographers.” Street vendor October 23, 1988 Downtown Los Angeles Original Caption: “A vendor ‘hawks’ his wares at the Santee-Maple Fashion Alley open-air bazaar.” Photo by Steve Grayson Mike D of the Beastie Boys February 25, 1987 Shrine Auditorium Original caption: “When you’re a fashion plate, an initial can make do for a last name. Mike D dressed down (we’d like to believe it was for the weather) for his trip to the Shrine Auditorium.” Photo by Leo Jarzomb Jean and Casey Kasem September 21, 1987 Pasadena Civic Auditorium Original caption: “Sexpot Jean Kasem wore everything but the kitchen sink. The bombshell adorned her ‘do and herself with hideous floral appliqués. Hubby Casey had his feet on the ground by no doubt wanted to reach for the stars since Jean looked like a fashion fatality from Outer Space.” Photo by Leo Jarzomb Grammy fans February 26, 1986 Shrine Auditorium Original caption: “Fans like James Bennett, left, and Amanda provide as much of a fashion diversion as the idols they came to watch.” Photo by Anne Knudsen Club kids August 10, 1985 Park Plaza Hotel Original caption: “Dancers of various ages and fashion sense are shown dancing at the Power Tools club at the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.” Photo by Leo Jarzomb Parade marcher June 24, 1985 West Hollywood Original caption: “Though this marcher in the West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade has a flair for fashion, many of the participants and watchers were dressed much more conservatively.” Photo by Paul Chinn New fashions April 22, 1980 Original caption: “”While New York designers were beefing up for the unveiling of their fall ’80 collections beginning this week, California designers continued to show an eclectic mix of looks including Sun Le Sun’s silk and suede combination in a tunic of marigold and black.” Photo by Chris Gulker Danny Glover September 18, 1989 Pasadena Civic Auditorium Original Caption: “Danny Glover in a blue-with-gold brocade Senegalese grand boo-boo” Photo by Louise Stern Heavy metal fans January 28, 1983 Roxy Theatre Original caption: “Heavy-metal fans line up at the Roxy. Says Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx, ‘They’re typical middle-class kids who are experiencing drug use, drinking and sex for the first time, and the music feeds the desires for these experiences.'” Photo by Paul Chinn
As a salute to
, here’s a look back at L.A. fashion in those years. Los Angeles magazine’s 1980s issue
spotted some pretty far out looks on our streets and documented everything from New Wave to tribal to Heavy Metal looks. The HerEx had roots that went back more than a century when the newspaper published its Los Angeles Herald-Examiner final edition on November 2, 1989. The paper’s enormous photo archive was split between USC and the Los Angeles Public Library. Here are some selections from their fashion coverage in that final decade.
All photos from the Los Angeles Public Library Collection