London Subcultures 1980-2000

London Subcultures 1980-2000 - IRIn 1980, three fashion and lifestyle magazines appeared on the streets of London: The Face, i-D and Blitz. These heralded a new generation of identities created by London's young. As with the previous generation of youth tribes, music, dress, clubs, and drugs were at their heart.

New Romantics

The New Romantics were a glamorously dressed evolution from punk and wore ostentatious, foppish clothes. Their clubs were Billy's in Soho's Meard Street, opened in 1978, and Blitz, where their habit of mid-week clubbing gave them the name the 'Blitz kids'. New Romantics listened to synthesised electro-pop by groups such as Spandau Ballet and Electrovox.


Goths evolved from the underground punk scene. They believed in all things 'gothic' such as gothic literature and horror movies. They wore black clothes, dyed black hair and a chalk-white face. They listened to the dark lyrics of bands such as Sisters of Mercy, The Cure, Joy Division, and Siouxie and the Banshees.


Casuals came from the ever-strong tradition of working-class male 'sharp dressing'. Casuals dressed down in outwardly conventional menswear, but wore fiercely expensive labels: Fred Perry shirts, Pringle jumpers, and Burberry accessories. They were as likely to gather at football matches as at soul-music clubs in Essex.

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