|As Ashes To Ashes
drags us back to a world of stonewashed jeans and
mullets... Where were YOU in 1982?
may cringe at our wardrobes from 1982, a year in
which lace gloves, legwarmers, and stonewashed
denim featured heavily, but Eighties fashion is
back in vogue.
With a new series of Ashes To Ashes back on
television, we go back to the Eighties to find
out who were those heroes of yesteryear and what
they remember about those multicoloured days.
Fashion icon of the time was Toyah Willcox,
50, named Best British Singer at the Rock and Pop
Awards (now the Brits). She says:
Back In 1982, I was recognised everywhere I went
- I had the big, pink hair, and I dressed the
part in black PVC boots and little dresses. My
nightmare would have been to have been seen
without full make-up.
Post-punk was moving into New Wave and New
Romanticism, you lived the dream and wore the
uniform every day, that was part of the movement.
My schedule was exhausting.
we shot the award-winning Brave New World video,
in which I wore black contact lenses (wearing
different coloured contact lenses was very 'in'
in 1982) I was up at 2am in make-up, then posing
on a freezing beach in Hastings at 4am.
was then driven into London where I was shot
riding a horse at Battersea power station until
four in the afternoon. Then we filmed through the
night at Wandsworth studio - and I had a concert
the next day.
me, 1982 was a year that empowered women. I loved
the fashion - at last British women ditched all
those boring Laura Ashley prints.
Huge shoulder pads were in, thanks to Joan
Collins in Dynasty, and London was the hippest
place to be, thanks to designers such as Vivienne
Westwood and Katharine Hamnett.
Perhaps my most spectacular stage outfit was the
one I wore to sing Thunder In The Mountains on
Top Of The Pops.
had 2ft-high hair in the shape of a sunflower,
thigh-length black PVC boots and a black suede
cavewoman dress. For one shoot, when I had almost
vertical pink hair, it took me 12 hours to get
ready. In that year, you felt you could wear
anything, the sky was the limit.
Make-up was also outrageous - I went through a
period of wearing cubist designs on my face. Boys
and girls dressed alike - men looked like
peacocks in their make-up and over-sized shirts.
In terms of politics, Margaret Thatcher typified
the 'can-do' role of women, though I didn't agree
with her policies. It was an important year for
women, as we were starting to be taken seriously
in our own right.