(all pictures found on google) 

'The New Romantics' refers to a youth culture that burned briefly but brightly for the first two years of the 1980s. Its chief component was dressing up to outrageous levels, soundtracked by the style orientated synth driven pop music that was dominant at the time. It was both a reaction to, and a progression of the previous punk and new wave movements. The period was also one of shifting gender norms, radical sexual politics, rapid technological change, and was witness to a thriving youth culture and growing club scene. 

They drew inspiration from the flamboyance and androgyny of 1970s Bowie and glam rock, and were unashamedly glamorous in their appearance. The aesthetic of the New Romantics defied gender conventions, and in a period of discussion and debate about prescribed gender roles emerging in both Thatcherite (supporter of Margaret Thatcher) discourse and press coverage of the ‘new man’, the movement was arguably part of a broader reimagining of, and challenge to, conventional ideas about gender and identity.

(article from Museum of Youth Culture) 


Renée and Noah are tracing current trends and ways of -self- expression back to our 'hero': Ziggy Stardust (by David Bowie). And how this, we argue, helped the start of the New Romantics movement during the 1980's, and is still influencing our current (fashion) trends and presentation.

Artists and designers now:

Harry Styles, Lady Gaga, Dries van noten etc.

In 1972, David Bowie introduced his very famous, extravagant and androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust to the world in the single “Starman” and the album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”. 

Ziggy Stardust was an androgynous, alien rock star that came to earth to deliver a message of hope before the world would be doomed by an apocolyptic distaster. Stardust had a bright red mullet that was inspired by the look of a model that wore a design from the Japanese designer Yamamoto in a Vogue shoot.

After a two year period (1972-1973) where Ziggy Stardust existed, performed, and had a big cultural influence on both fashion and music, he died as a victim to his own fame and success. Stardust was portrayed as an over the top, (bi) sexual rock star that symbolised critique on a celebrity worshipping society. 

(Research Paper art history Renée Buitendijk)

We argue that the mindset around fashion, body image, and (gender) expression has really changed in the last two to three years. Embracing the ‘true you’ has finally made its way into this generation. We believe this is also a reaction to the covid pandemic, which has left most of us completely on our own. As a generation, we think we have found a way in which most of us feel free to be ourselves, daring to not be liked or just no longer caring about others opinions, and do whatever it is we really want to be and look like. Much like the generation during the New Romantic movement; we are trying to shift and change established beliefs about gender, sexuality, presentation and politics.

And that you can see in our current fashion trends: going back to 70's shaggy haircuts, androgyny in clothes through big suits and pants, bold colours and prints. Vogue (UK) state in their article about spring/summmer 2022 trends written by Ellie Pithers: "its all about gender fluidity, sex appeal, and body positivity." Seeing also how short, sheer and second-skin takes on sexy are back. Skin Tight dresses and bodysuits, see through shirts are making its way back into daily life attire, often accompanied by lingerie pieces such as corsets and bustiers.

(Research Paper Fashion and Textile History by Noah Warmer)