Sunday, September 02, 2012

The Evolution of Rock n' Roll Fashion

Rock music have influenced the society in just about everything; our daily life, attitude, language, and fashion. Some components of today's fashion trends were popularized by rock artists and adapted by the early rock fans (think of the spikes and studs). Let's take a look at the popular fashion trends in the rock music scene.

The Rockers (British) and Greasers (Americans)
These guys originated in the UK during the 1950's and were members of the biking subculture. The Greasers were the Rockers' American counterparts. They wore leather jackets and pants and were centered around cafe racer motorcycles and rock music, which was then popularized and dominated by Elvis Presley.

The Rockers/Greasers Fashion.| Image from
During the 60's, The Beatles popularized the mop-top haircut which was a hit during the 60's, even toy manufacturers produced "beatle-wigs". They also popularized the suit from black, to grey, and during the psychedelic era (1967-68) they wore bright colored suits, paisley suits, and floral shirts and trousers. John Lennon's trademark round, thin-rimmed teashade glasses also became an element of fashion and is now known as "John Lennon Glasses".

The mop-top hair and the suit | image from
The Psychedelic era, also incorporated in their album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. | Image from
The Hippies
A youth movement in the US during the 60's which has a core belief set revolving around the values of peace and love as being essential in an increasingly globalized society, and they are oftentimes associated with non-violent anti-governmental groups (urban dictionary). Hippie's fashion trademarks include bright-colored clothing, bell-bottoms, vests, tye-dyed garments, dashikis, peasant blouses, long skirts, non-western inspired clothing, native american jewelry, head scarves, headbands, long beaded necklace, and psychedelic art decorations in their homes and personal stuffs.

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Glam Rock
Outrageous makeup, clothes, hairstyles, and platform-soled boots. most noted in the representation of androgyny.

David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust Persona | Image from
A fast, hard-edged music, short songs, stripped down instrumentation, and political anti establishment lyrics. A rock music genre developed during the mid 70's in the US, UK, and Australia. People in the punk rock scene wear studded and spiked accessories, skinny jeans, leather jacket, mohawk hair, and body piercings. One notable fashion designer during this era was Vivienne Westwood, who contributed and somehow invented the punk rock look (chains, safetypins, etc)

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Glam Metal
Combined punk rock, hard rock, and heavy metal with catchy hooks and guitar riffs, with the aesthetics of glam rock. Also known as Hair Metal.

Poison | Image from
Inspired by hardcore punk, heavy metal, and indie rock, grunge is generally characterized by heavily distorted electric guitars, contrasting song dynamics, and apathetic or angst-filled lyrics. Clothing commonly worn by grunge musicians in Washington consisted of thrift store items and the typical outdoor clothing (most notably flannel shirts) of the region, as well as a generally unkempt appearance. The style did not evolve out of a conscious attempt to create an appealing fashion; music journalist Charles R Cross said, "Kurt Cobain was just too lazy to shampoo," and Sub Pop's Jonathan Poneman said, "This [clothing] is cheap, it's durable, and it's kind of timeless. It also runs against the grain of the whole flashy aesthetic that existed in the 80s."

Flannel shirt and vintage, ripped jeans complete the grungy look. | Image from

Credits: wikipedia

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