Sunday, February 21, 2010

Music and Fashion- Old School Punk

There are so many different facets of culture: literature, film, music, politics, fashion, scientific discovery and so much more. They are all intertwined and shape each other in varying degrees. Music and fashion are probably the ones I know best besides maybe literature. Music and fashion are the two biggest things that define different subcultures. In light of this, I think I'm going to write a series on different types of music and their effects on fashion starting with my personal favorite: old school punk rock.

The punk movement was about a lot of things- standing out, fighting for a cause, subversion, refusal to grow up, chaos and anarchy, realism, simplicity, etc., etc. The one unifying concept of the movement was rebellion. Whether it be against pretentiousness, hygiene, idealism, government, the notion that you have to be talented to make music or what have you, the founders of punk were motivated by rebellion. Obviously, this was reflected through their clothing choices. The same things that motivated their simplistic, thrashing, light on talent, heavy on passion musical style motivated their shocking, conspicuous, edgy clothing style.

My idol Debbie Harry.

Vivienne Westwood in her younger days. Love her!

The Clash: Joe Strummer, Topper Headon, Paul Simonon (hot!), Mick Jones.

The infamous Nancy Spungen and Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious.

Ramones frontman Joey.

Punk essentials: tattered denim, leather, structured jackets, metal studs, bondage gear, safety pins, band tees, converse, combat gear, fishnet stockings, sunglasses, holes/rips/tears.

Currently listening to: "White Riot" The Clash (What else?)

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