SHOULDER PADS IN THE 80S
However, shoulder pads first became popular back in the 1930s with the fashion desinger Elsa Schiaparelli incorporating them in her 1931 designs. There are even earlier examples of broadening the shoulders with the use of puffed sleeves in the 1890s, and these also became popular again during the 1980s.
Power dressing became very much a phenomenon, and in the UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (she often wore a skirt suit with wide shoulder, a pussy-bow blouse and an Asprey handbag) and Princess Diana were leading the way. Indeed, the style was very conservative. In the U.S., the style was used heavily by women in the soap Dynasty.
A resurgence in the use of shoulder pads took place in 2009 after Lady Gaga (who's fashion styles are influenced by the 80s) started wearing them.
You can see more pictures on the 80s Fashion page.