Dallas sparks 80s fashion revival
on high street as shoulder pads, power suits and pearls make a comeback
Two piece suits and bold prints among the pieces making a comeback
High street retailer Debenhams reports a 110 percent increase in sales of trouser suits
Sales of costume jewellery, including big crystals and pearls, go up by 34 per cent



15:11 GMT, 28 September 2012

Cult TV show Dallas has sparked an 80's fashion revival, according to sales figures released today by high street retailer Debenhams.

But put thoughts of neon leggings and denim jackets out of your mind: the character driving the trend is matriarch Sue Ellen Ewing, played by 71-year-old actress Linda Gray.

Sales of tailored dresses and jackets
similar to those worn by the actress have more than doubled since Sue
Ellen first appeared on the Channel 5 show, according to


Revival: Linda Gray (second from left) as Sue Ellen Ewing in Dallas 2012

The impact of the return of the hit 80's
show – only weeks old – has already been felt on the high street and
been dubbed the 'Dallas Effect'.

Best sellers include a 75 J by Jasper Conran tartan shift dress and 65 J by Jasper Conran jacket.

Other items to register a surge in sales are evening dresses from the Designers at Debenhams ranges in bold metallics and velvet – none of which would look out of place at the TV hit show’s Oil Baron’s Ball.

Also popular are glamorous 80’s trouser suits and pointy toe stiletto heels, which shoppers are buying instead of last season's chunky platform sandals.

Sue Ellen gives us a masterclass in power dressing in a new episode of Dallas

Sue Ellen gives us a masterclass in power dressing in a new episode of Dallas

Jasper Conran jacket

Jasper Conran dress

Top sellers: J by Jasper Conran jacket, 65, and dress, 75 (debenhams.com)

'Power dressing is back,' says Debenhams spokeswoman Michelle Dowdall. 'Women want to look a million dollars and are going all out to make an impression by heading straight for the tried and tested power-dressing tools made famous by the notorious Texans.'

80's staples, including power suits, bold print and towering stiletto heels, all featured on the winter catwalks, while last season's delicate ladylike pieces kickstarted the current trend for matching shoes and bags – another 80's classic.

Prada showed brightly printed tunic and trouser combos, while at Chanel, the three piece suit was given a revamp for A/W2012.

Miu Miu, Erdem, Prabal Gurung and Roberto Cavalli also showed trouser suits, while on the high street, Debenhams, Whistles and Topshop all offer a cheaper take on the trend.

Miu Miu

Prabal Gurung

Suits you: 80's style suits on the catwalk at Miu Miu (left) and Prabal Gurung


As they were: the stars of the original series of Dallas snapped on set in 1979

Along with clothes, accessories have also taken a step back in time, with Debenhams reporting a significant rise in sales of costume jewellery, with big crystals and pearls selling well.

Adds Dowdall; 'Customers are piling on the bling and splashing out on all sorts of costume jewellery to make a big 80’s style statement

'It’s as though Dallas reminds people of a time when the economic outlook was bold and bright – just like the cast’s wardrobe!'


Jesse Metcalf

The first series of Dallas premiered in 1978 and ran until 1991The plot revolved around the Ewings – a wealthy Texan family with interests in oil and cattle ranchingMale stars included Larry Hagman (pictured far right) as scheming oil baron, J.R Ewing, Jim Davis as his younger brother, Jock, and Patrick Duffy (pictured above left) as Jock's heartthrob son, Bobby.
Female cast members included Barbara Bel Geddes as family matriarch, Miss Ellen Ewing, and Linda Gray as J.R's alcoholic wife, Sue Ellen Ewing.With 357 episodes, Dallas is the fourth longest running show in American TV historyThe episode 'Who Done It' which revealed that Sue Ellen's sister, Kristin Shepard (Mary Crosby), shot J.R, remains the second most watched episode of any programme ever screened anywhere
Although the original series ended in 1991, a new series commissioned by TNT premiered this month.Hagman, Gray and Duffy reprised their original roles alongside Josh Henderson as J.R's son, John Ross Ewing III, and Jessie Metcalf as Bobby's adopted son, Christopher Ewing ( pictured above centre)