If there is one instantly recognizable trend of the 1980s, it’s asymmetry. Designers loved it. Consumers wore it. From the beginning through the end of the decade, button-shouldered shirts and one-shoulder dresses were all the rage. To wind down the work-week we take a look back at some of the ’80s typically off-centre styles.


1. Gianni Versace, Vogue, September 1985.

2. Claude Montana, Mirabella, September 1989.

3. Helmut Newton for Vogue, June 1983. Glasses by Alain Mikli.

4. Genny, Vogue, March 1984. Photograph by Bob Krieger.

5. Claude Mougin for Glamour, March 1982. Shirt by Perry Ellis.

6. Ungaro/John Wanamaker, Elle, October 1987.

7. Steven Meisel for Mademoiselle, September 1983. Coat by Tobinini for Jean Mercier.

8. Whitney Houston, photographed by Marco Glaviano for Harper’s Bazaar, September 1986. Clothing by Bill Blass.

9. Swakara, Vogue, November 1980.


Trend Bazaar is a light-hearted, weekly feature showcasing fads spotted in ’80s fashion adverts and editorials.

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