Only rich kids could afford to break from the minimalist style that dominated in the post-war era
Life in Vietnam during the 1980s was known as Thoi bao cap, the Subsidy Period, which came after the country gained liberation in 1975. Basic necessities were all in very short supply and only available using government ration cards and stamps.
In the wake of the war, fashion was certainly not a priority for most Vietnamese folks, whose minds were occupied by daily necessities like rice, meat and condensed milk.
Photos courtesy of Michel Blanchard and others