If, in the 1980s, you were making tea with your Alessi kettle, checking the time on your Swatch and humming along to your new Eurythmics album you may be able to call yourself a postmodernist. But then there is another question – did you have an ironic smile on your face as you filled the shiny, expensive, piece of kit?
The definition of postmodernism is a thorny one and is not lost on the curators of the biggest style show dedicated to the movement. "We talked about it endlessly for three years," said Jane Pavitt. "There were many, many definitions that we put forward."
Pavitt and co-curator Glenn Adamson have unveiled details of the V&A's big autumn exhibition, Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990, which will encompass music, art, film, fashion and architecture. It