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The era of the really, really mini.
Photo: Bernard Gotfryd
Three variations on what the young art crowd wore.
The Afro, celebrated.
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The midriff, a focal point of the seventies. (right)
Once the province of go-go dancers, white boots indicated modness.
The Love Story effect. (right)
Photos: Paul McDonough; Ernst Haas/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Photo: Joel Meyerowitz
A widely imitated Jackie O. look: giant glasses, scarf-wrapped head.
A military-hippy mashup.
Photos: Tim Boxer/Getty Images; Paul McDonough
Before it was a PETA target, fur was a status symbol. (right)
Good-bye, business suit; hello, leisure suit.
Photo: JP Laffont/Sygma/Corbis; Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis
Everyone did the Annie Hall look, including Brooke Shields. (right)
Photos: Ebet Roberts; Cosmos Sarchiapone
In discoland, glam and girlish elements blended.
Photos: Arlene Gottfried; Ebet Roberts
Club kids and punks. One wore Lycra, the other, leather.
The hourglass—puffy shoulders and a hip ruffle.
Photos: Back In The Days, by Jamel Shabazz/Powerhouse Books; Everett Collection
Post–Official Preppy Handbook, David Letterman’s rumpled chinos and rep ties were boyishly sexy, not dorky.
Bare skin, bleached hair; nighttime’s hard edges became round-the-clock wear.
Big shoulders! (center)
Photos: Patrick D. Pagnano (bleached hair, southwest); Jean Louis Atlan/Sygma/Corbis(shoulders)
And then there was that infatuation with the Southwest. (right)
Photo: Amy Arbus
Heavily accessorized and worn with jeans, the familiar tweed jacket became young again.
Photos: Amy Arbus
Equally prevalent: uptight and tailored, or bulky Japanese-influenced layers.
Adults wore cartoons, in all seriousness.
Photos: Patrick D. Pagnano; Ron Galella/Wire Image
Socialites were reliably glossy and exuberant in their silhouettes. (right)
The Dress for Success era; no-nonsense suit, matching bag and briefcase.
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Big hair! (right)
Tight, short, red, and worn with heels; this was evening glam.
Photos: Ron Galella/Wire Image; David Corio
And on the street, clothing barely touched the body. (right)
Photos: Times Newspapers/Rex Features; Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times/Redux
Men’s underwear becomes outerwear. (right)
David Bowie and Iman in his-and-her power suits.
Photos: Charles Sykes/Rex Features; Kevin Wisniewski/Rex/Everett Collection
Minimalism, embodied by Carolyn Bessette. (right)
Diddy, the swelegant hip-hop dandy.
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Our favorite color. (right)
Marc Jacobs’s finely tuned secondary line mainstreamed vintage-eclectic mixing.
Trend OD: Murakami Vuitton bag, trucker hat, way too much pink. (center)
Photos: First View; Christina Paige; Evan Agostini/Getty Images
Real sex columnists don’t wear tutus. (right)
Birkin and Chanel, just two of the status bag’s expanding universe.
Photos: Mark Peterson/Redux; AltamiraNYC
Skinny jeans, quirky hats, and … the era of the really, really mini again. (right)
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