Heavy Metal Love…….1980’s Rockstar costume!

Unleash your ROCKSTAR!  We have a huge collection of authentic 1980’s rockstar costumes plus lots of accessories, perfect to finish off your heavy metal look!

My mis-spent youth!

My poor girlfriends……….I used to beg to stop by The Venue on Hindley Street on a Saturday night in the 1980’s.

My girls used to hate it, ‘cos they wanted to go onto nightclubs with wealthier men who would buy drinks but I loved hanging out with some (pseudo) and (real) metal heads……….it was the best place at the time to hear some good, old-fashioned metal of the 80’s or a new cover band………..

My friends knew as soon as I got in there I would start to run amuck on the dance floor so we had many arguments and compromises on the street outside to ensure I left in good time……..

White Leather designer Rockstar costume

Eighties Rockstar fashion

Eighties Rock Star fashion was a case of more is more – tighter, louder, more – think Motley Crue, Poison, Whitesnake and Def Leppard for the American white trash influence.  The late 1970’s, early 80’s and beyond saw fantastic DYI fashion from the UK.  There were great fashion moments, not to mention fantastic music by the Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Damned, and the whole punk scene in general.  In these photos I have concentrated more on the Glam Rock look……

Red PVC 1980’s Rockstar costume
Black studded Lawless Rebel jacket – 1980’s Rockstar costume

Eighties Rock Star is more concerned with glamour than the UK punk movement.  Both love studs and black leather but use them in different ways.  Eighties Rock Star loves tumbled curls, dreads, sensual hair while UK Punk has love-less spikes, tufts and clumps of hair.

Rock Star is an androgynous term, boy, girl, girl-boy, boy-girl – who knows?  The whole ambiguity is the sexy point.

Silver apocalypse-1980’s Rockstar costume
Pink mullet, pink pvc 1980’s Rockstar costume

This wasn’t a cheap look!  I remember paying crazy prices for the latest designer look of Rock Chick cheapness!

1980’s Rockstar costume – black and silver studs
1980’s Rockstar costume – silver and black sequins

The UK look was much more DIY with lots of creative uses of paint, denim and safety pins/chains/hardware – no laundry required.

It wasn’t a shy look or one for those lacking the self confidence to make an entrance.  One thing those high platform heels did, they made you strut like an empress just to get into a club.

I’ve never really been shy to dress up – I’d rather be overdressed than underdressed any day!  There’s nothing worse than feeling you’ve fallen under the line, and nothing better than feeling you’ve done the best job with what you’ve got to work with!  Nowadays I hear the young girls shriek with laughter when they uncover some of my vintage 80’s wear and yes, we really did used to wear that!

Thank God there weren’t cameras around then to record all our antics!

Rock Star is a pretty popular theme now and easy to nail.  Black leather, PVC, denim, snakeskin or animal prints are all good bases.  Throw on some silver chains, attitude sunglasses and hunt down some studded accessories.

You can’t overdo belts with this look, pair them with armbands, chokers, fingerless gloves and chunky jewellery for a Rock Star appeal.

1980 Rockstar costume
1980’s Rockstar costume – blue velvet bodice, PVC pants

Furry or fringed jackets are great if the weather could be cold, boots with buckles are a practical choice for stomping the dance floor all night, teased wild hair is mandatory.

Let your inner Rock Goddess out!