Arsenio Hall and Guests in Large Shoulder Pads, 1990

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Power was a popular word in the 1980s and 90s. People ate power breakfasts and lunches, power walked, power napped, and women power dressed in suits. By 1990, shoulder pads had become enormous, typified by the talk show host Arsenio Hall and his broad shouldered guests.

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(above: Julia Roberts, Rob Lowe, Madonna, Andrew “Dice” Clay, Paula Abdul, Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, and Eddie Murphy).

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