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April 14, 2022

Window Displays of New York Fashion Stores in the Late 1970s and ’80s

The 1980s were a decade of bold style, colors, and silhouettes—and heaping amounts of permed hair. With trends spanning ripped tights and biker jackets, polished oversized blazers and poof skirts; and style icons ranging from Joan Jett to Joan Collins, it was one of the most eclectic decades in fashion.

Like it or not, the ’80s are back in full force. From shoulder pads to power suits and all that's in between, some of the era's key looks are making a comeback in fashion. Get inspired by taking a look back at some of the most memorable and defining style moments of the decade.

These fascinating photos were taken by Emanuel Antsis that show window displays of New York fashion stores in the late 1970s and 1980s.

Show window, Manhattan, New York, 1979

Ancient greek with ties from 5th Ave., New York, 1979

In clouds, New York, 1979

By expressing emotion, New York, 1980

Fashion in New York, 1980

Fashion in New York, 1980

Happy woman, New York, 1980

In Chinatown, New York, 1980

Modern style of women, New York, 1980

Sale!, New York, 1980

Show window performance, New York, 1980

Yellow ball, New York, 1980

Four mannequins, New York, 1982

Fashion in New York, 1982

Mannequin also could be lonely, New York, 1982

New York, circa 1980s

Silver woman, Manhattan, New York, circa 1980s

(Photo © Emanuel Antsis)


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