The original hipsters - The Blitz Kids


"Would you let yourself in? Go home and make an effort.." - Steve Strange -

While doing research for an upcoming DIY video project, I came across an 80s night club in London called BLITZ. Another piece of underground fashion history to look up when discussing the backgrounds of major fashion influencers of today and the post-punk era. The Blitz Kids were a group of young people who frequented the Blitz nightclub in Covent Garden, London in 1979-80, and are credited with launching the New Romantic subcultural movement. Among their number were Steve Strange, Princess Julia and Boy George. Crucially, the club was located between two art colleges (St Martin's School and Central School) and became a testground for student fashion designers who set London ablaze during the 1980s. These included Stephen Jones (THE fashion milliner) and John Galliano just to name a few. Even Vogue chief in editor Anna Piaggi visited the club frequently. The Blitz began making headlines thanks to its outrageous styles of clothes and make-up for both sexes (make-up on men was not very common for men in the late 70´s, apart from David Bowie..) and was widely considered to be the birth of the early 80´s New Romantic fashion movement. Check out more from Tumblr and Google. Top photo via.

Oh, and this hair pinned denim jacket is amazing... It is called "Blitz" and it´s made by Levi Strauss & co customized by Leigh Bowery, 1986.



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If you are in NYC, I´d recommend checking out the current exhibition at the MET called PUNK: Chaos to Couture.

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