2/10/11

Catalogs #7: Catalog for Solid Gold Dancers

Catalog from the 1980s

I came across some catalogs from the 1980s that featured some pretty outrageous clothes - I simply had to share them with you.  I was instantly reminded of those Solid Gold Dancers (for you Brits: they were sort of an imitation of Pan's People) - a group of ladies (and unambiguously gay men) who dressed in gold lamé and danced very suggestively.

I must tell you, it was extreeeemly awkward watching these dancers thrust and heave their glittering bodies at the camera with my parents.

Of course, to say the fashions in this catalog remind me of Solid Gold Dancers is really just a nice way of saying they look like 80s hookers.  I promise there's no nudity here, but these New Wave disco dollies are definitely dressed to kill, so cover your child's impressionable eyes.


Catalog from the 1980s

I'm also reminded of those video vixens in the early days of MTV.  Back in the day, nearly every video had some sort of eye candy prancing around.  It wasn't just the hair bands that did it - before them, guys like Adam Ant, Golden Earring, ZZ Top, The Cars, and even Duran Duran paved the way for music video cheesecake.

Catalog from the 1980s

Yes, disco was dead, but the shiny clothes lived on.  Throw in a quart of hairspray and some obnoxious sunglasses, and you've got yourself a certified eighties ensemble.

Catalog from the 1980s

More shininess. This time with some amazingly bad hair.  The chick in the middle just looks awful with that hairstyle that seems to be a cross between Sheena Easton and Kid 'N' Play.

Catalog from the 1980s

Oh, yes. She's got the sexy eighties stare down pat.  The look says "I'm a filthy bitch, and way, way too good for you, you pathetic creature".

Here's the rest of the catalog.  Once again, I'll forewarn you that some are pretty slutty looking.  Whether that's a good or bad thing is for you to decide.


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3 comments:

  1. Is it just me or is the woman with the "sexy eighties stare" a dead-ringer for Joanna Lumley in "Absolutely Fabulous?" Hair, clothes and all! And the woman to the left of her looks suspiciously like an '80s porn star (Ginger Lynn, maybe?). I wonder if anyone besides hookers, video babes and porn stars actually ORDERED any of these clothes!

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  2. The 80s are well known for a lot of things and one of that is definitely the outragous clothing.

    Very funny to see it again.

    Thanks

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  3. Reminds me of that line from MST3K's Hobgoblins episode, "There's no need to outline all of your anatomy in spandex, I'm sure it's all there.".

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