85 Celebrities in Gloriously '80s Fashion

Take a trip down memory lane.

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While the '80s are known for many things—the movies! The models!—in our opinion, the '80s were genuinely all about the fashion. From Cher’s daring dresses to Madonna’s Like A Virgin-era getups, the decade was undisputedly a time to be alive when it came to the clothes. The outfits were big. They were bold. They were covered in sequins. And it didn’t stop there: the penchant for larger-than-life hair during that decade proved that pretty much all of the beauty trends that are currently going viral on TikTok and Instagram originated well before the internet ever existed. So, excuse me as I take a brief trip down memory and reminisce about all of the best (and most over-the-top) looks from the decade.

american singer and actress madonna at the premiere of the film desperately seeking susan, usa, 29th march 1985 photo by vinnie zuffantemichael ochs archivesgetty images
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Madonna circa 1985

There is so much to love about this outfit that Madonna wore. The pearls! The crucifix! The wild hair! It checks all the right boxes.

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beverly hills, ca   march 9   actress jane fonda attends the 17th annual american film institute afi lifetime achievement award salute to gregory peck on march 9, 1989 at the beverly hilton hotel in beverly hills, california photo by ron galella, ltdron galella collection via getty images
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Jane Fonda circa 1989

Fonda wore this stunning lavender cropped blazer over a floral bustier while attending the 17th annual American Film Institute AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Salute to Gregory Peck.

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american singer pat benatar performs on stage, new york, 1982 photo by michael putlandgetty images
Michael Putland
Pat Benetar cira 1982

Pat Benetar expertly styled a red bodysuit under a men's blazer back in 1982, but I'm especially loving her shag haircut.

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new york city   may 10   model cindy crawford attends the love ball to benefit the design industries foundation for aids diffa on may 10, 1989 at roseland in new york city photo by ron galellaron galella collection via getty images
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Cindy Crawford circa 1989

Cindy Crawford may be classified as a '90s-era supermodel, but this all-black outfit from 1989 proves that her star was truly on the rise.

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Naomi Campbell circa 1989

Naomi Campbell wore the perfect Little Black Dress—and the cutest bob haircut!—back in the day.

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madonna attends the 12th annual american music awards at the shrine auditorium in los angeles, california, on january 28, 1985
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Madonna circa 1985

Here's another killer Madonna look, because why not! Madge donned this all-black getup to the American Music Awards in Los Angeles.

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Tony Bock
Sade

Let's hear it for this jewel-incrusted matching two-piece skirt set!

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new york city   july 23   actor kurt russell and actress goldie hawn on july 23, 1983 leave the carlyle hotel for a night out in new york city photo by ron galellaron galella collection via getty images
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Goldie Hawn circa 1983

Hawn's outfit from 1983 proves that when you choose to wear animal print, you need to commit. Yes—even her glasses are printed to match her blouse!

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Jennifer Beals circa 1983

Another queen bee of the '80s movie scene, Flashdance's Jennifer Beals wore this striking black-and-white outfit.

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windsor, united kingdom   may 02  diana, princess of wales at guards polo club  the princess is casually dressed in a sweatshirt with the british lung foundation logo on the front, jeans, boots and a baseball cap  photo by tim graham photo library via getty images
Tim Graham
Princess Diana circa 1988

This jeans-and-a-sweatshirt outfit that Princess Di wore remains on many a Pinterest board to this day—and for good reason.

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lisa bonet at the universal amphitheatre in los angeles, california photo by ron galellaron galella collection via getty images
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Lisa Bonet circa 1987

Well before she was Zoe Kravitz's mom, Lisa Bonet was a true '80s fashion icon—as proven by this look from 1987.

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los angeles   1987 singer diana ross poses for a portrait in 1987 in los angeles, california  photo by harry langdongetty images
Harry Langdon
Diana Ross circa 1987

Diana Ross calls herself 'The Boss' and there's no better look to prove just how much of a boss she truly was (and is!) than this stunning red sequin gown.

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Dolly Parton circa 1987

Never one for a low-key look, Parton wore this pearl-encrusted gown (and matching headpiece!).

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portrait of cher at the oscars, wearing an outfit by bob mackie photo by frank trappercorbis via getty images
Frank Trapper
Cher circa 1986

Last but most certainly not least is Cher's beaded dress at the Academy Awards back in 1986. This Bob Mackie dress turned heads at the time.

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jamaican born singer grace jones wearing a cutaway dress and black straw hat, 1989 photo by dave hoganhulton archivegetty images
Dave Hogan
Grace Jones circa 1989

Grace Jones in this barely-there dress in 1989 is utter perfection.

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Ron Galella
Whitney Houston circa 1986

This Grammys look from 1986 feels so understated—at least when it comes to fashion looks from the '80s!

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iman, fashion model and actress, pictured in london, thursday 26th october 1989 photo by nigel wrightdaily mirrormirrorpixgetty images
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Iman circa 1989

Wearing a well-fitting suit is always a great idea, as proven by this simple-yet-elegant outfit on Iman from back in 1989.

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actress cher wearing a bob mackie gown posing in the press room at the 1988 academy awards��this photo appears on page 55 in frank trapper's red carpet book photo by frank trappercorbis via getty images
Frank Trapper
Cher circa 1988

Cher's black bedazzled so-called "naked dress" at the Academy Awards in 1988 was so ahead of its time.

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Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston circa 1983

Was it really the '80s if couples didn't wear power suits to every Hollywood event? Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston wore their version at the premiere of Terms of Endearment in New York City.

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Donna Summer circa 1980

Photographed at her home, the queen of disco wore an array of outfits, but this light blue matching set with a beaded belt paired with white espadrilles takes the cake.

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Jamie Lee Curtis circa 1984

At the Footloose premiere in Beverly Hills, Jamie Lee Curtis' studded belt was the star of her two-piece suit. We'd be lying if we didn't say her silver bracelets caught our eyes first, though.

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Daryl Hannah and Kevin Costner circa 1988

At the 1988 Academy Awards ceremony, the pair channeled old Hollywood glamour but made sure to give some timely touches to their outfits, like Costner's round glasses and Hannah's glitzy cocktail dress.

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Susan Sarandon circa 1983

Front row at a show during New York Fashion Week, the award-winning actress wore a polka-dotted dress with some serious shoulder pads and red circular sunnies.

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Kim Basinger circa 1989

At the Los Angeles Batman movie premiere, Basinger wore a mesh long sleeve dress over some lingerie, which in retrospect is something any member of the Kardashian family would totally wear today.

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Janet Jackson circa 1985

The house key as an earring! The acid wash jeans! The strategically collared shirt over the colorblock sweater! I swear I've seen this exact outfit on one of my Pinterest fashion inspiration boards.

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Stevie Nicks circa 1987

Here, Nicks is pictured at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards, where she was a presenter. Just another friendly reminder that the singer never ages.

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Joan Jett circa 1984

The frontwoman of the Runaways and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts knew the power of black eyeliner. She also knew how to mix textures. I mean, an animal print scarf with a pink geometrical shirt? Genius.

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Dolly Parton circa 1989

Mentally, I want to be at the New York City premiere of Steel Magnolias so I can witness Parton in this sparkly dress that comes with a matching jacket. I'm swooning!

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Iman circa 1986

Years before she tied the knot with rock legend David Bowie in 1992, the supermodel was a muse for designers like Gianni Versace and Yves Saint Laurent. Here, she wears an all-denim look paired with silver accessories.

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Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith circa 1983

Don't Dakota Johnson's parents look so chic here?! I can't tell what I would want more in my closet: Griffith's lace dress or her coat with red lining.

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