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.