Welcome to Mirror80, a design blog with a focus on 1980s fashion and interiors. I’m Kate, a true ’80s enthusiast, and Mirror80 is my baby–an endeavor that draws on a lifetime love of ’80s style.
Excess. Decadence. Neon. Yes, these words are synonymous with the 1980s, but this blog won’t tell you to grab your shoulder pads and fasten your banana clip. Not that there’s anything wrong with shoulder pads and banana clips when used in moderation.
But long after the rainbow belts first reappeared at Urban Outfitters, we’re still seeing pieces of the ’80s emerge, and we’re starting to take a second look at design that was missed in the first wave of flashback frenzy.
Mirror80 takes a closer look at the ’80s revival that’s continuing to unfold, a revival that was quick to hit the fashion world but has yet to put an obvious stamp on the world of interior design.
While the antique malls and vintage furniture shops may not be packed with finds from this decade, noteworthy items from the 1980s are for sale online if you know where to look, and you can successfully scavenge for treasures on a trip to a neighborhood garage sale or the local Goodwill.
For every piece of clothing or décor that activates your gag reflex, there’s an equally interesting one that seems worthy of the center stage placement it demands. And let’s face it, when it comes to the “Look at me!” decade, you can bet there are some pretty fascinating pieces that are worth that second look.
Thanks for taking time to reflect on 1980s design,