35 awesome straight ups from the archive!

35 memorable street style moments from i-D history.

by i-D Staff
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Jun 19 2015, 1:55pm

Photography Steve Johnson. [The i-D One Issue No1 Autumn 1980]

Jay: Mode - Making a living out of what she enjoys most, rollerskating, with both the Roxy Rollers and Body Machine roller disco troupes. Jacket - £55 Kings Rd, top £12 Portobello Rd. Market, Knee-pads - Skate Express, a well stocked shop on Hogarth St, Earls Court. Jeans - "I got them in Paris, they were only £15. We were other there performing for the French television, roller disco is big in Paris now, their facilities are far superior. I prefer disco and jazz for moving on wheels. I like all sorts of people, if someone dresses peculiar I just ask myself "I wonder what they look like on skates?".

Photography James Palmer. [The All Star Issue No.14 Spring 1983]

Simon and Michelle with Biba. Sagittarius, Virgo and Taurus. from Brixton. Dress - self. Shoes- Charles Fox. Hair - self. Do nothing, eat vegetables, stay in and get stoned. "Ken High St is pathetic but its good for baby clothes."

Photography Mark Alesky. [The Rock and Roll Issue No.129 Summer 1994]

Miss Dominique, 25 jewelry designer. Clothes - from jumble sales, charity shops and "made by me". Favorite record: The Chosen Few by The Flamingoes and anything by Bobbie Gentry. Loves: "Getting dressed up and going to see great bands- The Male Nurse, Flamingoes, Pulp, My Life Story, and kissing boys.

Photography Steve Johnston. [The Love and Romance Issue, No.12 Winter 1983]

Jo. Student. Hair - Last resort: Petticoat Lane. £28. Jeans - £15. Self Bleached. Shoes - Holloway Rd. £18. Likes - skinhead boys, Combat 84, Screwdriver. Dislikes - Casual people. Ambition - To start a grow. Habits- Biting my nails and brushing my hair all the time.

Mandy. Student. Hair - Last Resort. Jeans - Putney. £12.95. Shoes - Had'em for years. Likes - Good looking skins. Dislikes - Same as Jo. Ambition- to be in a skin group.

Photography Steve Johnson. [The i-D One Issue No1 Autumn 1980]

Anonymous girl with spiky hair-do.

Photography Steve Johnston. [The Wuli Dancing Issue, No.9 Autumn 1982]

Helen. Mode: Designer at P.X.Hair done by herself. Make-up - "Anything I lay my hands on". Felt hat - from P.X £15. Off the shoulder top £18 from P.X. Wrap round cotton skirt from P.X £35. Leggings from P.X £6. Cowboy boots, can remember where from. "Our new collection will be called the Country Boy theme- Unisex designs. Using natural fabrics in bright colors with an emphasis on layers rather than heavy material for warmth. We are also working in leather and suede in rough pigskin looks".

Photography Steve Johnston. [The Out Already Issue. No.10 Winter 1982]

Karl. Unemployed, wants to be a designers assistant. Hair - Antenna- £30 "I wanted to be me. I hate when peoples attitude towards the unemployed very condescending we're all the same on paper. I used to like The Culture Club until they went commercial. Its the same old story really"

Photography Mark Alesky. [The Rock and Roll Issue No.129 Summer 1994]

Dee Martin. 17, music student. Coat - from a friend, other clothes from jumble sales. Favorite record - Blitzkrieg Bop by the Ramones. Loves - "I'm living for the opportunity to go up to Richey from the Manics and say "Bonjour sexy!".

Photohgrapher Thomas Degan. [The All Star Issue No.14 Spring 1983]

The two traveling carpenters from Germany. They go from village to village in their traditional gear which they had made for them.

Photography Steve Johnston. [The Love and Romance Issue, No.12 Winter 1983]

Ray. Unemployed. Hair - self. Jacket - Khan & Bell. Trousers - Khan & Bell. Shoes - Kings Rd. Likes - Fashion, clothes, music. Dislikes - "People who don't un'erstand the way people dress" and small minded people. Ambition - To work in films. Love and romance - "don't believe in it."

Photographer James Palmer. [The All Star Issue No.14 Spring 1983]

Veronica. 18. At the Palace with Arnaud. Veronica is Polish, goes to school in Paris but prefers London. She used to be a drummer for the Dinintels, a French band. Clothes - silver plastic mini £9 Carnaby St. Hat - £5 Sweet Charity. Gloves - £8 Kings Rd.

Arnaud is still in school in Paris. plays the guitar and hang out with 100 or so French mods and grooves at parties. Clothes - Levi Jacket £15 Carnaby St. Red trousers - £18 Paris. Glasses - £3 Paris. Shirt - £1 Paris. Favorite people - Brian Jones, Steve Mariott, Jim Morrison. Fave clothes - psychedelic.

Photographer James Palmer. [The All Star Issue No.14 Spring 1983]

The Pearly King of Deptford. aka Bernard Palmer, roaming down Oxford St. "It's a charity association which functions in every borough of London. Its like the Royal Family - a tradition which is handed down from father to son…" Bernard makes all his suits himself.

Photography Steve Johnston. [The Out Already Issue. No.10 Winter 1982]

Tony. Designer. "Sexhibit", new collection out soon. Coat - from the Thrift Shop in Clapham £40. Shoes - 20p jumble sale. Trousers - Millets in Nottingham £4. Hat - Eat Your Heart Out, Kings Rd. £2. Case - "it was a present from my mother to my father to jeep his football boots in 53, must have code about 2/6d then" Likes - collecting things, making clothes Ambrose, Artie Shaw and womens bare backs. Fave TV - Fried Dinbar The Bolton Steeple jack. Dislikes - Chimps, Sonny Burgess and Pete's tea.

Photographer Steve Johnston. [The Wet and Wild Issue No.13 Spring 1983]

Peter Hammond. Hair- real! Cardigan - Tom Binn's granny blanket. Shirts, Worlds End. Trousers - second hand. Gravity defying bellboppers booties, not telling! Waistcoat - from Mod dressy, Dehli India. Likes - baked beans on toast with blue cheese, car crashes (vodka 'n' dry whyt whyen), Hawaiian grass (not the skirt kind). Dislikes - monotony you know… Ambition - to have lots of money. Wettest experience - King Kurt at the Fridge with a roux of pickled red cabbage, the drinks are on me (literally) man.

Photography Steve Johnston. [The Love and Romance Issue, No.12 Winter 1983]

John. Painter. Clothes - Bizarre Bazaar. Likes - Reggae. Dislikes - wallies, mindless racism. Ambitions - to die happy.

Penny. Art Student. Hair - ex boyfriend. All clothes and beads - Dr Barnardo's. Likes - reggae. Dislikes - babel life, new clothes. Ambition - to be a good photographer.

Photographer Steve Johnston. [The Wet and Wild Issue No.13 Spring 1983]

Robert. Pleasure & The Beast.

Photography James Palmer. [The Love and Romance Issue, No.12 Winter 1983]

Meka. a Dred Broadcast Corp. DJ. Likes - "chatting on version" and "mixing it down", Beaver hat - by Lucy Barlow. Samsonite bag - Selfridges (for xmas). Jacket - Spanish Town: Jamaica. Trousers - Farrah's. Shoes - Clark's: paris… and Jamaican Red Stripe t-shirt.

Photographer Waldo. [The Wet and Wild Issue No.13 Spring 1983]

Christine and Steve. Christine. Just finished at Trent Poly, moving up to Huddersfield to set up her own business in knitwear, there is a lot of potential up there. Dress - jumble sale, £2. Snake constrictor - going by the name of Snaky, £40, gets fed ones a week a mouse. Likes - bulldogs and snakes (surprise), monsters such as Chewbacca. Dislikes - Dentists and spiders.

Steve. unemployed, might try and get a job when he moves back to Huddersfield with Chris, or he will help her out with the business. Likes - Lou Reed, Hendrix, Zappa, early Bowie, The Doors, camping and bird watching. Dislikes - antipasti, moths, television. Ambition - Wants to go to Finland and bird watch over the Russian border.

Photography Steve Johnston. [The Wuli Dancing Issue, No.9 Autumn 1982]

Helen. Mode - Designer at P.X.Hair done by herself. Make-up - "Anything I lay my hands on". Felt hat - from P.X £15. Off the shoulder top - £18 from P.X. Wrap round cotton skirt - from P.X £35. Leggings - from P.X £6. Cowboy boots - can remember where from. "Our new collection will be called the Country Boy theme- Unisex designs. Using natural fabrics in bright colors with an emphasis on layers rather than heavy material for warmth. We are also working in leather and suede in rough pigskin looks".

Photography James Palmer. [The Head to Toe Issue No.8 Autumn 1982]

Joey and Julie. Mode - Joey: Hair - self and Julie's mom. Jacket - bleached, boots Bracknell Mkt. 

Julie: Hair - my mom. Jacket and boots - Bracknell Mkt. They are from Ascot they like to go to Waterloo and just doss around. Like - 4 Skins, Meteors and Angelic Upstarts. Love - shagging, Reading F.CC for the top of the League but Julie supports Chelsea. Like - to go to the gigs and that with the Ascot Barmy Army, they go berserk, pogo and spit. Like - the Queen.

Photography Simon Brown. [The Dance and Stance Issue, No.4 Winter 1981]

James. Mode: Aged 7 years he only wants to be a mod. Likes - The Jam, Purple Hearts, Lambrettas, Who, drawing and swimming. Dislikes - Skins and Teds.

Photography Martin Granger. [The i-Deye Issue, No.3 Winter 1981]

Debbie. Mode - Debbie is a student in theatrical design. The blackwatch tartan trousers - cost 25p. Jacket - only 10p both from a jumble sale. The kilt - came from Debenhams. Scarf and Sporren - from a Scotshop. The blouse - £5 from Wendy Dagworthy. Fox Furs - were "borrowed" from Help the Aged.

Photography Thomas Degan. [The i-Deye Issue No.3 Winter 1981]

"The Pot Man" at the Swan Kingston - (Say no more. Ed)

Photography Thomas Degan. [The Star Issue No.2 Autumn 1980]

Scrubber: Mode - "I can't think want I wanna do - I'm thick: (be a badge pinner for badges)". Hair - pink, black and white, "my mate Sarah cuts it for me and I dye it myself. When I wash it, it takes 30 mins back-combing and hairspray, Boots Firm Hold." Leather jacket - £10 "off a mate", Ramones T-shirt- "one of my fave bands, (black cause it doesn't show the dirt.) Bullet belt - from Fans, Charring Cross Rd 11 quid. Leather skirt - Rock Arts - Old Brompton St £20. Fishnet stockings - Martin Fords - Holloway Rd cost 99p. Dayglo striped socks - Fans 99p. Monkey Boots, Wood Green Mkt. £6.99. Fave music - Crass, Killing Joke, Angelic Upstarts and The Damned. "I like The Moonlight Club - but punks are banned now. I like the anarchy of my job Tee Hee. I dislike rain when Iim hitching - and it always does (n'my hair goes flat.)

Photography Simon Brown. [The Star Issue No.2 Autumn 1980]

(Boy) George. Mode - "I'm a budding celebrity, the immaculate conception." The nuns habit - "I made it myself dear". Crucifix - "A present from the Vatican". Kung Fu slippers - £4.99 from a chinese supermarket. Make-up - a mix of Lichner and Biba. Fave music -  Marc Bolan, Julie Andrews, Pearl Bailey, The Sweet and Bach. Dislikes - "Lounge-Lizards" and Spandau Ballet.

Photography Steve Johnston. [The Star Issue No.2 Autumn 1980]

Mode: Joe sells Johnny Stalin postcards at Camden Market and writes plays. The mack £8 from Clozo 'postcard' inner free by Valerie Price (sculptor). The shirt £6 from Marcus Pirce Newcastle, "expensive". Shoes - Slick Willies High St Ken £23. Trousers £15 Flip. Fave music: "Catholic tastes" likes all except C and W. Joe is at the moment working on a series of postcards for Clive Jennings at 'Clozo'. Contact him at Camden Market.

Photography Ellie Smith

Sunshine Caulker. What issues are closest to your heart? I'm from a mixed-race family, so I care a lot about the rise of racist anti-immigration policies. I also really care about reproduction rights and the anti-austerity movement. If you could choose anyone in the world to be prime minister, who would you choose and why? My idol is revolutionary activist Angela Davis, so I would love for her to be prime minister. She ran for vice-president of the US in the 80s, but she's probably a bit of a wild card.

Photography Igor Termenon

Stevie Newall. If you could ask the world one question and get the answer, what would you ask? Why do we get moments like déjà-vu? What's the best thing about being young in 2015? That we now have transgender supermodels and drag queens promoting self love on TV. Society is getting more and more open-minded in general; I like that.

Photography Francesca Jane Allen

Is beauty really in the eye of the beholder? The concept of beauty is entirely subjective but no one has to right to tell you that you're not beautiful. What is your idea of perfect beauty? The ability to wake up feeling flawless.

Photography Olivia Rose.

Shorai and Kuda Robinson.  What's your nickname? Shorai: Chiro-V. Kuda: K Deezy What is London to you? Shorai: Concrete jungle full of hungry lions trying to fight back against Babylon. Kuda: London is me, it's home. 

Photography Iain McKell [The Piracy Issue, no. 292, October 2008]

Steve. "46-year-old traveller Steve says his life has so far been "one big festival". Steve is lookin' suave in a tidy suit and waistcoat combo with lots of silver jewelry, all topped off with a trilby. He keeps himself mud free by floating through the crowd wearing winkle-pickers."

Photography Ophelia Wynne

Ella Dror, A$AP Rocky and Matthew Henson.

Photography Paul Phung

James Kelly. What's the best thing about living in London? The people, the parks, and the nightlife. What's next? Who knows?

Photography Yuvali Theis. 

Larry. What made you want to study fashion? #marykateandashley. What's the best thing about living in London? It's nearly as good as being from London. What's next? I wanna get real earthy for a year or two. Keep DJing… make coins…

Photography Kathy Lo

Michael David Quattlebaum Jr. What inspires you? Riding motorcycles in Mongolia. The boys in South America. Italy. Black punks. What's the best thing about art in 2015? Juliana Huxtable, Korakrit Arunanondchai, and Eckhaus Latta.

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