Materialism defined this decade, as the western world experienced an economic boom.  The power suit became a symbol of the eighties, especially after John Molloy argued in his book Women’s Dress for Success that women would need such a suit to climb the corporate ladder.  People flaunted designer brands as symbols of wealth.  Increased use of credit cards encouraged spending. 

The creation of MTV revolutionized the music industry by turning musicians into television stars who had the power to influence through fashion and visuals in addition to music. Princess Diana also became a
fashon icon during
this time.


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