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1980s Fashion Print by Marnie Fogg

For today's post, I'm going to take a look at a paperback book I recently discovered on Amazon. It's been in print since around 2009, and now in 2021, I have finally managed to get around to reviewing it! 1980s Fashion Print by Marnie Fogg is a sourcebook which features a wide array of prints from the 80s, a decade that refuses to go away in the fashion world, at least. The book includes hundreds of illustrations and artworks, many of which are exclusive and original, making this an ideal source for students and designers. But it's also an essential read, too, which I'll come to in a moment. Five chapters are inluded; 1. Glamazon - a look at the bold and vibrant patterning associated with big hair. 2. Neon Blitz - ostentatious, dazzling colour and the influence of graffiti. 3. Urban Jungle - the urban take on floral prints using colourful, exotic images. 4. Catch The Wave - surfing and skateboarding trends which influenced high voltage motifs and a new take on the

If Stan Laurel became Adam Ant - Stan and Deliver!

Growing up in the 70s and 80s, it would have been impossible not to have noticed two icons that graced our TV screens and also the pop music charts. Stan Laurel, of course, was one half of the comedy duo Laurel and Hardy, and their much-loved 1920s and 30s comedy shorts and films were regularly shown on British TV during my childhhood.  The duo's popularity in the 1970s helped them to reach No.2 in the UK charts on 14th December 1975 with "Trail of the Lonseome Pine" (with The Avalon Boys ft, Chill Wills), helped greatly by Ollie's beautiful singing voice, of course - it was kept off the top spot by the mighty "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen. The song feature in the 1937 movie Way Out West , and is best remembered for the lip-synced falsetto part by Stan, after he is hit on the head with a mallet by Ollie - this was actually sung by the British-Canadian actress and singer Rosina May Lawrence. You will remember that Adam And The Ants released hit after hit in th