There’s no denying that patterns have made a comeback. Designers and illustrators are creating some amazing patterns and prints for textiles, wall art and more (and don’t get me started on the pattern phenomenon on Pinterest)! In light of recent developments, I thought I’d take another look at one of my favorite books: 1980s Fashion Print by Marnie Fogg. Here are a few patterns that seem as relevant today as they did back in the ’80s!…
Meow! At the top of the post we see a 1980s print designed by Natalie Gibson. Turquoise velvet is the perfect background for lush flowers, as well as wild and domestic cats. Above is Jazz, a screen-printed pattern for furnishings, designed by Britt-Marie Christoffersson for the 1980 “Play” collection of Swedish design group Tio-Gruppen.
The pattern above reminds me of some of today’s most popular abstract brushstroke prints! This ’80s design is by Furphy Simpson for Williwear. Below is Helios, a Deco-inspired pattern designed by Ingela Hakansson for the 1983 “Megaphone” collection by Tio Gruppen:
Finally, we have one of the most famous ’80s patterns of all! This Vivienne Westwood single-screen print design is from the 1981 “Pirates” collection. Worn by musical legends like Boy George and Bow Wow Wow’s Annabella Lwin, this squiggle pattern has made a comeback in recent years, including as a wallpaper! Learn more about the “Pirates” collection here.
Be sure to follow Mirror80’s “Patterns” board on Pinterest for more design inspiration. Thanks for reading!
Nathan Smart says
The bedding in Zack Morris’ room is definitely one of my favorites. It’s hard to see it in this picture but I’m sure you can find it most of the early episodes.
I recreated it awhile back but didn’t really know what to do with it since I don’t know much about creating my own bedding!
Hi Nathan–thanks for the link! I’d forgotten what a fabulous pattern that was! If you’re interested in making a pillow out of the pattern, you may try a site like Society6. Not sure about bedding though, but it’s probably out there. Thanks again for your comment!
Nathan Smart says
Looks like Society6 has a duvet cover so that would definitely work!
I didn’t realize they had duvet covers…thanks for the update! Let me know if you turn your design into a bedding option. Sounds like an amazing project.