THERE'S NO DOUBT MUSIC HAS A TREMENDOUS INFLUENCE OVER FASHION AND HOW PEOPLE DRESS. MUSICIANS IN PARTICULAR HAVE BECOME FASHION ICONS FOR SO MANY
Let’s start with the ’60s, when Beatlemania was overtaking the world and London was the fashion hotspot. Paco Rabanne was the designer and his style of prints, PVC, and tailoring dressed the whole country. Skirts had never been so short and boots so high. A rebellion against the classic and conservative style of the ’50s. It was a fresh and exciting time, there was a new movement in music and with it fashion.
Bands like the Rolling Stones were the “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll” personification.
Meanwhile in the U.S.A. Woodstock was more than a festival of music to spread words of peace and love. It was to go down in history for the best dressed Rock stars of the 20th Century. Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Hendrix all played and the crowd was filled with tie-dye, denim and fringing waistcoats.
The ’70s brought about the beginnings of Glam Rock, sequins, jumpsuits, and platforms all in its glory. David Bowie lead the generation and everybody was soon out to copy the look. Boys were wearing makeup and girls were wearing shockingly less. The Runaways, an all girl punk rock band, would wear little more than their underwear, fishnets and stockings.
The later years of the ’70s brought about the punk movement, ironically, supposedly anti-fashion. The Sex Pistols started the craze and never before had studs, leather, and safety pins became so fashionable. Vivienne Westwood started her career by styling them, no wonder why punk became so popular.
The ’80s was probably the loudest, most eccentric and influential decade of them all. New wave,new romantic, metal and glam rock ruled the charts and with it fashion. Big shoulders, big hair, big blazers — everything was big to represent the social change that the world was going through. Women were becoming more of an equal and power dressing represented this, while Madonna was the leader of this “modern amazon tribe”. Aspiring rockers stole their girlfriends’ clothes and used so much hairspray that they are to blame for global warming. Bands like Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Guns N’ Roses, were mean and nasty, but with a twist.
The ’90s brought about the the minimalist values of grunge. Vintage was the most used word as people were raiding their grandparents’ wardrobe for that moth bitten jumper a la Kurt Cobain. Grunge was dirty, yet refined. Long skirts, Dr. Marteens’s and checked shirts was the uniform of grunge bands such as Pearl Jam and Nirvana.
Many of these artists left a permanent mark both in music and fashion. As well as having influenced their contemporaries, they’re still timeless models of inspiration for the new generation designers, as we’ve seen in the autumn / winter 2015 fashion shows. Here we’ve choosen few looks where the reference to these immortal music icons it’s loud and clear.