Wednesday, 12 January 2011

London's Club Kids

When we mention Club Kids, inevitably we think of the bunch of American party animals who took over New York's clubland back in the 1980s. With an unsurpassed dress-sense and a destructive appetite for a party, they wrote a significant chapter in the 80s New York book of social history. 
Alongside Voguing, another New York underground movement, the Club Kids inspired many a fashion trend and produced distinguished artists, designers and pop stars. They left their mark on modern culture, whether it be art, music, fashion or film. 
Fast forward some 20 odd years and across the Atlantic, in the European mega-metropolis that is London there is a new generation of clubbers that is following in their footsteps. Indeed, London, with its long history in dressing-up and extravagant decadence provided a nourishing ground for this subculture to emerge again.
In the Noughties, a decade of Nostalgia, almost everything was re-invented, re-designed, modernised and subsequently, revived. Fashion was referencing almost every past decade season after season. Music, on the other hand, got stuck a little more with one in particular - the 80s. Synthpop, Techno and Electro beats took over from Funky House that was dominating the clubs since the late 90s and with that came a whole new party scene, a new underground that was inspired by their predecessors, in particular the New Romantics and the Club Kids - two extravagant subcultures who gave the world a new direction in partying and changed the way we perceive clubbing.
In my previous post we saw archive footage about the Club Kids, so let's have a look at the London's own original dressers: The New Romantics, or the Blitz Kids as they were known back in the day.