80s glasses

Models wear Cebe sunglasses. (May 1, 1986)

Break out your leotards, Richmond, for a costume party and "totally rad" ‘80s-themed photo exhibit featuring photos from the archives of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

"A Material World: Photographs of the 1980s from the Richmond Times-Dispatch" is set to go on view at the Virginia Historical Society on Saturday, November 18.

The exhibit will feature portraits of '80s icons like Oprah Winfrey, Ronald Reagan, and L. Douglas Wilder, as well as images of '80s pop culture like '80s sunglasses, a DeLorean car, arcades and Macintosh computers. Admission to the exhibit is free.

To kick off the new exhibit, the VHS is hosting costume party and concert on opening night called “Back to the ’80s: A Concert & Exhibit Opening.”

The party includes ’80s tribute band, “Kids In America,” a VIP viewing of the exhibit with ’80s-inspired hors d'oeuvres and a special ’80s-themed cocktail created by local mixologists Mattias Hägglund and Thomas Leggett of The Jasper.

Guests are invited to arrive in their "boldest '80s outfit" to compete in the “Totally ’80s Costume Contest.” All ticket holders will be entered for a chance to win a ride around the block in a DeLorean. Tickets start at $29 for general admission, $49 for VIP. Tickets are on sale now for VHS members and will go on sale to the public on Oct. 10. The event runs from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. and is intended for ages 21 and over.

The new exhibit will feature 43 iconic images from the archives of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and will be accompanied by historical objects such as fragments of the Berlin Wall, pieces of the Pershing IA INF Missile, and a tambourine and gloves used by Prince in "Purple Rain."

"A Material World: Photographs of the 1980s from the Richmond Times-Dispatch" will be on display through March 4, 2018, at the VHS. Afterwards, the exhibition will travel to museums nationwide.

For more information about the VHS, call (804) 358-4901, visit vahistorical.org.

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