For sale: Tartan tabard designed by Blitz Kid Melissa Caplan
◼ WITH SPANDAU BALLET very much in the news this week you’ve a chance to pick up a tartan tabard created by one of their early student designers, Blitz Kid Melissa Caplan. The one we see here was owned and worn by soulboy Lance Mccormack to their gig aboard HMS Belfast in 1980. Yours for £40, or whatever the highest bid is in five days’ time.
Lance says he’s having a clear out, so while you’re browsing you’ll also see a “very rare” Lewis Leathers jacket (pictured below) for sale for £250 or better offer. Other classics available include Johnson’s Lurex peg trousers bought spring 1978; Johnsons BC Ethic Larocka shirt with artwork by Vince Ray; men’s vintage Bowie jacket handmade by Carnaby Cavern London only £15.
No excuse for not looking cool at next Wednesday’s big gig.
➢ Visit Lance’s sale page at eBay
◼ A SENSATIONAL DISCOVERY LOST FOR 30 YEARS … This 14-minute TV report captures the subculturally fertile period of spring 1982 when so many of London clubland’s collaborative talents were making their own creative waves, even as nightlife itself went mainstream with a bang and mega-discos started to take hold across austerity Britain.
Here leader of the Blitz Kids and club entrepreneur Steve Strange is discovered by Robert Mugnerot for TF1’s Megahertz in an excellent piece of reportage from London. It was shown in France on 23 March 1982, two weeks before Steve staged his Best of British designers fashion show at Le Palace in Paris, but shot presumably in that pause when Strange and his deejay Rusty Egan were clubless, between the end of Heroes in Baker Street’s Barracuda, Dec 1981, and the opening of Camden Palace in April 1982.
This package intersperses Visage performance clips with initial footage at the always-cool Embassy club showing many of the usual suspects, plus a good sequence inside Helen Robinson’s PX boutique, featuring Helen, the young milliner Stephen Jones and designer Melissa Caplan. It closes with model Julia Fodor in studio for a Visage video shoot, plus Steve Strange dragged up as his pal Francesca Thyssen singing The Lady is a Tramp in a duet with the French singer Ronny, both wearing Antony Price, as featured in Vogue. Cap that!
1982: Milliner Stephen Jones and Steve Strange show off the PX boutique to French TV. (Screengrab © TF1)
1982: Steve Strange dragged up singing The Lady is a Tramp with Ronny for French TV. (Screengrab © TF1)
➢ Previously at Shapersofthe80s, my full 1982 report and videos of the Best of British show in Paris: Steve Strange takes fashion to the French
Posted in Clubbing, Fashion, London, Pop music, TV, Youth culture
Tagged Embassy club, Helen Robinson, Melissa Caplan, PX, Ronny, Stephen Jones, Steve Strange, Video
Spandau provided the new British electropop, Axiom the radical London fashion show, while Tina Turner and Robert de Niro joined the coolest audience in Manhattan…
First published in the first issue of New Sounds New Styles in July 1981
➤ Click here to read the full crazy tale of the Ballet on Broadway
Posted in Clubbing, Europe, North America, Pop music, Youth culture
Tagged August Darnell, Axiom, Blitz Kids, Henry Post, Jim Fourratt, Jon Mole Baker, Melissa Caplan, New Sounds New Styles, Rhonda Paster, Richard Buckley, Richard Burgess, Robert Elms, Sade Adu, Simon Withers, Spandau Ballet, Steve Dagger