‘Working Girl’ and ‘The Sids’: 1980s Power Fashion and Romance

  In 1988, the romantic comedy film “Working Girl” (Working Girl) directed by Mike Nichols was released in the United States. Selected by the American Film Institute (AFI) as one of the “Top 100 Romance Movies of the Century”, the box office soared as soon as it was released, and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Comedy and Best Actress the following year. The film tells the story of Jessie, an inspirational woman who graduated from night school, and she counterattacked after suffering unfair treatment in the workplace. The year after Working Girls was released, Heathers, a darkly humorous school-murder film starring famed actor Winona Ryder, came out. The two films are based on completely different materials. Through well-dressed characters, they perfectly reflect the fashion style of the combination of romance and toughness in the 1980s.
  In the 1970s and 1980s, more and more women entered the workplace and even assumed leadership roles. In order to adapt to the male-dominated workplace for a long time, “Power Dressing” (Power Dressing) came into people’s sight: “Power Dressing” was born in the United States in the late 1970s and developed rapidly in the 1980s. This fashion trend with tough lines can Help women build more prestige and voice in the workplace. This concept was carried forward by the writer John Molloy in 1975. In his book “Dressing for Success”, he wrote: “This will be the most important book written about women’s clothing. Because it is based on scientific research rather than subjective opinion.” The book suggests that women who enter the workplace wear suits and skirt suits similar to men’s “tooling” in order to give people a more “professional” and capable visual experience, so as to gain their own words authority and respect from peers. The most classic wearing items in “Power Fashion” include turtleneck sweaters, knee-length skirts and wide shoulder pad suit jackets-although the upper body should give people a strong visual effect, the lower body will still wear short skirts and black stockings to preserve The so-called “femininity”. In “Working Girl”, the image design of the heroine Jesse and her female boss clearly reflects this trend. Jesse even cut off her long hair in order to be treated seriously in male-dominated meetings, because of stereotypes in the workplace Among them, short hair is more leadership style. “If you want to be taken seriously, you have to have a serious hairstyle.” There are such lines in the movie. As shoulder pad suits gradually come out of the workplace, the colors are brighter and more lively, and they are gradually accepted by women of all ages. The shoulder-padded suit in “Sisters of Sid” entered the campus and became the prototype of the suit jacket in school uniforms in many European and American countries.
  One of the originators of the practice of “power fashion” was the former British Prime Minister Thatcher, who was nicknamed “Iron Lady” and was the earliest and most famous executor of this concept. A crisp suit jacket with a bow tie shirt, a pearl necklace and a local British brand Asprey handbag has become a classic example of Thatcher’s style. As a female politician in a patriarchal society, Thatcher’s strong yet feminine personal style set an example for all female leaders in later generations.
  Another fashion event in the 1980s was the world-renowned wedding of Prince Charles and Diana in 1981. The much-loved Princess Diana was the style model everyone followed in the 80s. Her wedding dress with bow, lace and huge puff sleeves was sold by merchants on Oxford Street in just 5 hours after the wedding. Produced the same style, which foreshadowed her huge influence in the fashion industry in the future. As a member of the royal family, Diana needed to think more than Mrs Thatcher’s fully statesmanlike dress – in diplomatic occasions, she showed her “power fashion”, and at the same time, she She also does not forget the closeness to the people in her daily work: “When attending overseas official duties, she needs a formal dress to convey a diplomatic message. In contrast, when visiting a hospital or school, she prefers warm and friendly clothing… She abandoned Gloves must be worn by the royal family, because she likes the physical contact when shaking hands. She also ditched the exaggerated hat decoration, and once said that ‘you can’t hug a child with a hat’.” Thatcher’s fashion is more suitable In “Working Girl” there is a dull workplace style, so what Diana shows is more like the younger generation in “Sid Sisters”, which incorporates its own style of fashion in the 1980s: bright, changeable and eclectic.
  ”Power Fashion” developed and expanded in the 1980s, and the “New Romance” style that complemented it cannot be ignored. Neo-Romanticism, a fashion born in London nightclubs, is deeply influenced by theatrical costumes and stage performances, and theatrical costumes are full of exaggerated elements compared with daily clothing. It is conceivable that if the costumes are integrated into daily life How eye-catching. In “The Sid Sisters”, suits and short skirts are matched with eye-catching colored tights. Apart from clothing, makeup and hair that highlight personality and exquisitely designed jewelry are also key steps in building style. The hairstyles of the 80s are particularly recognizable: a head of curly hair that is brushed, usually fixed with hairspray, and the effect of hair volume is really enviable. Eye shadows and lipsticks in different colors, paired with large false eyelashes, not only women, but also some men like this style.
  The fitness craze that continued from the late 1970s gave birth to people’s enthusiasm for sportswear. Well-known designers Donna Karan and Azzedine Alaa combined Lycra and knitting such elastic, Fabrics that can fit the human body are used in clothing design. Colorful tights and loose, comfortable, and easy-to-exercise daily clothing can be seen everywhere on the streets. Karan and Araya joined designers like Versace in bringing sporty style to the high street.
  With people’s ultimate pursuit of comfort and simplicity, the following 90s witnessed fashion entering the most casual stage in history, and shaping products such as corsets are no longer necessary items in a woman’s wardrobe. Writer Kathryn Hennessy (Kathryn Hennessy) pointed out in “Fashion: The Ultimate Guide to Costume and Style” published in 2012: “Clothing used to shape the shape of the body, and women’s bodies shape the shape of clothing today.”

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