Ad for Bourke Street Mall in the 80s resurfaces 0




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Whether you’re a Victorian or not, you’ll look back on this advertisement for Bourke Street Mall in the early 1980s and smile today knowing it is the perfect birds-eye view of the era.  It has resurfaced in the media, with everyone exclaiming how many memories it is bringing back of below the knee skirts and very short shorts; flares and hip curls.

It was a time when shopping crowds weren’t as large, and when tight perms reigned on women and even tighter pants stretched on men.

This advertising campaign was used to promote the “International Shopping Scene: The Walk” or Bourke Street Mall.

“There’s a touch of Paris, the flavour of Italy and a flash of The Orient,” says the very familiar voiceover.

Remember the ad?


Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

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