Lipstick, mascara & eye shadow—and that’s just what the boys were wearing! In the film Worried About the Boy Douglas Booth plays George O’Dowd aka Boy George during his rise to fame as the gender bending frontman for the 80s pop band Culture Club. The film not only defines a transcendent moment in fashion history, it sheds some light on the highly image-driven recording industry.
In the early 1980s, George helped pioneer a fashion movement called the New Romantics which was known for its use of heavy makeup and eclectic androgynous style (think Edwardian dandy meets Japanese Geisha). George’s iconic 80s look continues to be copied by a whole new generation of fashionistas. Countless celebrities from Taylor Swift to Beyoncé have donned his signature wide-brimmed black hat. Even some of Justin Beiber’s ensembles are reminiscent of George’s style, specifically his boyish phase from the mid-eighties which consisted of a ball cap worn sideways, white denim jacket & skinny jeans. Boy George mastered the perfectly manicured eyebrow long before The Jersey Shore’s Guido made brow shaping acceptable for men. The illustration above, rendered by FIDM San Diego Library staff member Jesse Negrete, depicts a series of contemporary fashion silhouettes inspired by the ultimate trend setter. Let’s hear it for the boy!
Presented By: Focus World
Run Time: 91 minutes
by Jesse Negrete, Reference & Student Services Specialist, FIDM Library San Diego