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When Shoulder Pads Reshaped the 1980s

When Shoulder Pads Reshaped the 1980s

Specifically, they wanted stars Linda Evans and Joan Collins to stop wearing shoulder pads, the rigid foam accessory that gave their profiles a distinctive V-shaped appearance. For most of that decade, shoulder pads were as ubiquitous a fashion statement as neon colors and Ray-Bans. Though American women might not have gone for as severe and steep a postural precipice as the Dynasty stars, the pads were nonetheless emblematic of the era. Warner Home VideoBefore the war, shoulder pads were perceived as a glamorous but impractical clothing flourish or as part of protective football gear. ABC TelevisionBecause fashion is often cyclical, it wouldn’t take another global conflict for shoulder pads to rise again.

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