The New Romantics were a fashion movement that peaked in the United Kingdom during the early 1980s. It was often associated with new wave music scene that had become popular at that time, as the two often intertwined. In its early stages the movement was known by a large number of names, including "new dandies", "romantic rebels", "peacock punk", "the now crowd", "the futurists", "the cult with no name" and eventually as the "Blitz Kids". As the scene moved beyond a single club the press settled on the name New Romantics, which main goal was self-expression and to be unique, cool and noticed.
The Blitz Club quickly became known for the colourful and flamboyant fashions of its patrons aka Blitz Kids, which greatly contrasted with the ripped/offensive t-shirts and jeans associated with the punk movement of the time. Both sexes often dressed in counter-sexual or androgynous clothing and the guys thought nothing of wearing eyeliner, eyeshadow and lipstick. Many wore frilly fops shirts in the style of the English Romantic period, or exaggerated versions of upscale fashion and grooming which drew influence from sources such as glam fashions of the 1970s, science fiction films as well as the golden age of Hollywood.
It’s a shame that the New Romantics were so short lived. I wish I could have lived in the late 70's/early 80's, or time-encapsulate myself back then, when eyeliner, frilly shirts and questionable haircuts ruled the world!