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Stephen Jones on 80s clubbing

The hat maker reminices on clubbing at the Blitz club during the New Romantic period

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Stephen Jones on Louise's night club

The hat designer reminices about meeting Vivienne Westwood at the 80s night spot

London's 80s Club Scene

80s London was the beating heart of British style. Its alternative club scene was especially important for the New Romantic style, most notably a place called Blitz. Visage's Steve Strange and Boy George both frequented this Covent Garden nightclub in the 80s, making it the stylistic epicentre of the burgeoning New Romantic movement. Troweled-on make-up and outrageous androgyny were the order of the day, making "Blitz Kids" a dazzling technicolor counterpoint to the dour prog and worthy post-punk, which was then ascendant.

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