The relationship between music and fashion is one that has co-existed for a long-time, styles of music and fashion trends all most certainly go hand in hand. Creativity in fashion has proven time and again to have been influenced by the popular music of the time. Designer and music celebrities have often collaborated and altered the course of fashion history. Musicians such as Madonna, Grace Jones, Kurt Cobain, Avril Lavigne, Bay City Rollers, Boy George, Elvis and many more have created new styles that have been copied by designers and then worn by thousands of ordinary young people on the street.
Rock’n’roll music heavily influenced a whole generation of youngsters, in America girls were known as Bobby-soxers because of their ankle socks, hair ribbons, denim jeans (rolled up) poodle skirts, flouncy edged blouses and sloppy sweaters with saddle shoes on their feet.
The opposite of Rock’n’roll music and fashion was the massive 1960’s to 1980’s Mod style, smart black suits, white shirts such as the Farah Shirts style, black ties and shiny black shoes. Stylish and tailored clothing, bold prints and bright colours as well as the smart black suits, white shirts and black ties. The mod culture was also known for their passion for Vespa or Lambretta motor scooters and Parker style coats. Fashion designers such as Mary Quant and Pierre Cardin had the term Mod applied to their work and bands like The Jam, Blur, Oasis, The Who and The Style Council also heavily influenced this fashion trend.
The term “Gothic Rock” was given to the trend of rock style music and long black clothes that the followers of this culture listened to and wore. The music was dark and heavy and bands like Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cure and Joy Division were groups that the youngsters listened to while their clothing was mainly black, mysterious and long length. The Vampire style was often synonymous with this Gothic trend and skin tone was kept very pale to extenuate the very black clothes.
Other colours such as a deep wine red, purple, dark green and sometimes white were worn together to complete the Goth look. Jackets and Shirts that resembled corsets, ripped black jeans, velvet fabrics, zips and studs with black shoes and hair worn long often dyed black. It was a dark and sinister look which frightened people who were not into this style of clothing and music.
It’s been proven through generations of youngsters, over and over again that music and fashion styles go together, our Youth will always be influenced by popular music, it will affect how they dress and how they live.