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Australian History Of The 1980`s Essay

1726 words - 7 pages

THEMES BIG IDEAS/ IMPACT EVIDENCE/ HISTORICAL EXAMPLES
FASHION *Fashion designed for the older generation

*Materialist values

*Fashion used to flaunt wealth

*Imitation of celebrities/ Pop culture

*Used to express power

*Used to express fitness

*Non-conformist fashion Clothes were designed with the intention of displaying wealth. Sequins, designer brands and showy jewellery were used to promote an image of wealth and success.

Coming back to success, the 1980`s power suit (sharp-cut suits w. wide shoulders) were popular in the workplace to impress an air of power and intimidation. This was also popular with women, who had recently gained the right to work with equal pay to men and were eager to prove themselves.

Celebrities such as Madonna encouraged more risqué fashion trends such as visible underwear, while Michael Jackson also held influence over teenage boys fashion. Popular movies and television shows such as Flashdance(1983) and Dynasty also helped influence trends.

Fitness became an important part of the Australian lifestyle, as a direct result of materialism and celebrity influence. People began focusing more on fitness in order to look better and stay in shape. Fitness clothes, popularised by singers such as Olivia-Newton John, were in bright colours and stretchy fabrics, completed with 80`s fashion staples such as legwarmers and headbands. The look soon gained popularity due to its convenience.

Punk-inspired fashion developed as a rebellion against both the idealism of the hippie subculture, but also the heavily materialistic climate of the 1980`s. The fashion was inspired by punk/ rock bands such as the Sex Pistols and consisted of torn clothing, heavy boots, short, unnatural coloured hair and silver jewellery and facial piercings.
MUSIC *Emergence of popular Australian musicians.

*Unique ‘Australian’ rock

*American Pop Music

*British punk bands

*Portable music

*Changing music storage devices.
Due to Australia’s increasing influence from America, pop-music from there became increasingly popular. Artists such as Madonna and Michael Jackson, international superstars, became pivotal in musical identity.

Around this time however, Australia had begun to produce their own musicians. Artists such as Kylie Minogue and Olivia-Newton John took influence from one of the 80s biggest stars, Madonna, and rose in popularity both locally and internationally with fast, pop tunes. INXS, a ‘pub’ rock band also gained popularity.

Australia had begun to develop their own specific style of rock, taking influence from the British punk bands popular at the time. Bands such as Midnight Oil, INXS, and Men at Work helped put Australian music on the map.

Personal stereos and portable radios/boom boxes were made and rose In popularity, making it easier for people to listen to music on the go. Some complained about the use of such devices as a health risk and encouraging antisocial behaviour. Nevertheless, the ease of listening to music...

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