The 80s – The Decade of Bold Fashion and Legwarmers
1980s was a decade of bold, fun hairstyles and fashion. From the music videos to the American TV shows, it’s easy to see that the decade was synonymous with eyeliner, legwarmers, and fine jewellery. The popularity of legwarmers was a major trend in the early 80s. Teenagers even wore legwarmers over their jeans to stay warm on the coldest days of the year.
There were many blockbuster movies during the 1980s, from “Scream” to “E.T.” to “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” There were also the teen movies that decade, such as The Breakfast Club and “The Evil Dead.”
In addition to the fashions that defined the 80s, it was also a decade marked by a flurry of new technologies. As technology advanced, computers and video games became increasingly popular. Despite these technological advances, people continued to enjoy the “yuppies” lifestyle and consumerism that characterized the decade. Popularity of the decade was also helped by the rise of cable television networks such as MTV. MTV introduced music videos to the masses and launched many of the most iconic artists.
The decade saw some of the most memorable moments and events of the 1980s. Argentina and Italy won the FIFA World Cup, while the Detroit Tigers won the World Series title. The Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Lakers, and St. Louis Cardinals dominated the NBA. Meanwhile, a major quake hit the USSR’s Caucasus region, shaking the Soviet Union. In the NBA, the legendary Magic Johnson was born and was joined by Larry Bird during three NBA Finals. Moreover, a number of other prominent events occurred during the decade, including the deaths of the world leaders Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II.
Many popular programs were featured on television shows in the 1980s. In addition to the ‘Saturday Night Live’, “Matlock” was an acclaimed legal drama that launched the careers of Nancy Stafford, Clarence Gilyard Jr., and Daniel Roebuck. The decade saw the debut of many groundbreaking documentaries, in addition to the popular sitcoms. The legendary Michael Palin and his crew’s Around the World in 80 Days filmed in Los Angeles in 1985, while the show’s revival in 1990 saw the debut of newcomer Martin Short.
The 1980s also brought a decade of financial glamorization – the era of Donald Trump and Michael Milken, and the stock market crash of 1987. The “Black Monday” stock market crash in the United States lowered the Dow Jones Industrial Average 22 percent, which caused secondary falls on world markets. Ultimately, this decade would be remembered for the reliance on IMF aid and a soaring debt level. It was an excellent decade, but the financial crisis of the early 1990s led to a decline in its stock market.
Jem and the Holograms was inspired in part by real scientists who worked on hologram technology. Dr. Ruth disagreed. The book Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche by David Sedaris was a bestseller in the 80s. It listed all the things that “real men” don’t do: drink light beer, play guitar, and wear gold chains. The book was a bestseller, and it spent 55 weeks on New York Times bestseller lists.