Real animal clothing was a ‘no’ so people wore animal print, and it looked good! it screamed style and sophistication, and it was different from a lot of the designs out there in the 80’s.
Bands, pop stars and rock stars were seen wearing animal print and soap stars who lived a little closer to home also wore leopard or tiger print clothing. The pattern was obviously a pattern, but it didn’t make the clothing look cheaper, in fact it made it more desirable.
No matter who you were in the 80’s, if you didn’t have some sort of animal print in your wardrobe, you weren’t anyone. If you wanted to be ruthless, if you wanted to get somewhere in life and you were determined to show it, you needed to wear animal print clothing.
Catwalk models would also been seen wearing animal print, not only was it a way of saying ‘No’ to fur coats, but it also showed that animal print could be worn well. Handbags were often designed in animal print, and they sold exceptionally well. Jewelry with animal print that was once only bought by the rich was now available in stores all over town thanks to the low cost of manufacturing.
If you were a lover of shoes, you could easily get your hands on a delightful pair of stilettos or canvas shoes that were adorned with tiger, leopard, cheetah, zebra or even giraffe print. If you were a fan of animal print you could get your hands on just about any garment you wanted, and you knew it looked good.