Historical fashion silhouettes
Shoulder pads, popularized by Joan Collins and Linda Evans from the soap opera Dynasty, remained popular throughout the 1980s and even the first three years of the 1990s. The reason behind the sudden popularity of shoulder pads for women in the 1980s may be that women in the workplace were no longer unusual, and wanted to "power dress" to show that they were the equals of men at the office
In the 1980s, the exquisitely tailored Armani "power suit" for men and women came to symbolize an era of international economic boom. With broad padded shoulders and widened lapels. Paul Schrader's film American Gigolo (1980) exemplified this by Richard Gere. In 1982, Armani became the first fashion designer to appear on the cover of Time magazine since Christian Dior in the 1940s. He was one of the first designers to approach celebrities to wear his designs.
Yves Saint Laurent was a huge designer in the 1980s. He started in the 50s where he was hea designer for the House of Dior. In 1983, he was the first fashion designer given a solo exhibit by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was known for introducing the tuxedo suit for women. In this picture, Iman walked for his fashion show in 1989.
1980s Leather Suit Shoulder pads are always a bone of contention. First rising to popularity in the 1980s, they became a symbol of womanly power. High-powered women wore shoulder pads to work, for the first time attempting to emphasize their shoulders instead of make themselves look small and sweet as it was traditional. However, as with most celebrity fashion trends, this one should have stayed retro.