A 1980’s fashion show, presented in the Fall of 1986 by fashion spokesperson Aniko Gaal for the now defunct Garfinckel’s department store, joins presenter Janet Wood, in Washington DC. Broadcast in 1986 on PBS Television by the U.S. Information Agency.
1980’s Fashion – Fall Dresses 1986
1980’s dresses were a blend of classic styles with a modern twist. The 1940’s look of boxy shoulders
and pencil skirts was very much in vogue, as can be seen in this fashion show. The main feature of many dresses in the 1980’s is that they could be worn both as day dresses and evening dresses. American women chose overt glamour for work. Toned down by an accessory like a scarf or even a turban, as seen in one of these outfits.
1980’s Fashion Show Highlights
The conservative 1980’s, in fashion terms meant a return to the elegance of the 1940’s and 1950’s. The rules of good taste.
Wool Jersey Dress – Mary Restivo
Am eye popping charcoal grey wool jersey dress designed by Mary Restivo. The shape is new. The belt and turban accessorize the dress. Perfect day and evening dress.
Little Black Dress by Ralph Lauren
Our favorite is the little black dress by Ralph Lauren. A day into evening dress. Wonderfully elegant. You can accessorize it with a scarf during the day. The one outfit you can feel good in all day. This style of LBD is so representative of 1980’s clothing.
1940’s Inspired Suit – Calvin Klein
Shorter jacket with a longer skirt. Klein takes the best elements and enhances the boxy shoulders. Very 1980’s.
1980’s Evening Sweater Dress by Gloria Sachs
A simple little sweater dress which is beaded at the neck. A little sexy but all in good taste. Accessory with a scarf. You removed the scarf for dinner and evening. Simple and elegant.
Cashmere Wrap Dress by Carolyne Roehm
A beautiful cashmere wrap dress made by Carolyne Roehm. The collar beading again seen here is a popular style in 1980’s evening dresses. A classic Greek style. The drop earrings add a statement.
1980’s Pleated Dress by Mary McFadden
That’s all ! ©Glamour Daze
Original footage held at the National Archives.