The following statements are purly subjective: as a low-level fashionista and comic book enthusiast, I'll put it that regardless of quantifiable source of headline, I would recommend this book to like minded folk. The 1980 hold-over elements of nuclear winter and radiation poisoning is a great piece of nostalgia for me. I see the story as a reflection of what was happening in the "great fashion houses" towards the end of last century; classic, stable designs were deconstructed for a more active and raw look. I find the design evolution to be particularly close to the clothes and story of Christian Dior; high collars and broad brimmed hats and lots of strappy and buckled foundations that no one saw. The Malcolm McLaren influence is very evident in the use of the Harlem Vogue and Ballroom Culture. Get into Dior pieces from the 1950s up to 1980s and compare with what Dior (and possibly Chanel) is putting out today. btw, I was real disappointed that Vivienne Westwood (250 for a necktie is hardly "Punk" but I adore her and her designs) wasn't in the story.