Patrick Nagel defined women’s fashion in the 1980s–flat, angular, Eastern images of absolutely feminine women wearing blazers, shoulder pads, and high-end loungewear. He worked as a freelance graphic designer and published work in Playboy magazine on a monthly basis for a decade. Nagel was behind much of the imagery associated with the band Duran Duran, including the cover art for their chart-topping album, Rio. Though Nagel died in 1984, his influence on the general aesthetic in women’s consumer culture remains strong, as it is undeniable that his style is reproduced ad infinitum in the wall hangings and window decals at Asian nail salons across America.
While browsing through Nagel’s work, I noticed that the clothes typically worn by “Nagel women” (as they have come to be called) strongly resembled styles at American Apparel. If you’re not already wearing leggings and an ill-fitting shirt, examine the images below–they’re your timeless guide to fuckable, fitness-friendly fashion.
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