Music & its influence on fashion: Decade by decade PART 2

The second part of the Music and its influence on fashion series sees us jumping to the 1970s-1980s period. Cone-shaped bras at the ready people


DECADE: 1970s

BANDS: The Sex Pistols, Ramones, The Clash

TREND: Punk Rock

CLOTHES: Leather, rubber & vinyl clothing, plaid/tartan, safety pins/razor blades, bin liner dresses, slogan tees, ripped shirts, bleached/ripped clothes, punk hair.

=The Sex Pistol’s promoter Malcom McClaren and fashion royalty Vivienne Westwood created the original punk look with their shop ‘Let it Rock’.  The look consisted of black leather with ripped shirts with provocative slogans splashed over them, ripped and bleached clothes, spiked brightly dyed hair and black makeup – a look which continued into the early 90s and still sported by North London’s Camden residents.

DECADE: 1970s

BANDS: The Bee Gees

TREND: Disco

CLOTHES: Hot pants, jumpsuits, Gold lame, spandex tops, leopard print, halternecks, white suits (which glowed in the UV disco lights), shiny sheen material, platform shoes.

=One of the most memorable trends music had given us.  Beginning in the 1970s, it was memorable for its hot pants look and spandex tops, gold lame and white clothes that glowed in the UV lights of the nightclubs.  Studio 54 is all its glory!

DECADE: 1970s-80s

BANDS: The Runaways, The Police,

TREND: New Wave

CLOTHES: Rock but more commercial (like their music).  These bands were the first onslaught which lead to the next major trend: New Romantics.

=The New Wave saw a move from the punk rock look and music into a more commercial route, both musically and style-wise with the bands preferring a more toned down and commercial look which would appeal more to the audiences.

DECADE: 1980s

BANDS: Eurythmitics, Duran Duran, Spandeau Ballet, Adam and the Ants

TREND: New Romantics

CLOTHES: Synthpop movement which originated from Bowie.  Pirate outfits and puffy shirts a la Westwood again.

=The 80s was the period full of the extreme; extreme hair, makeup, shoulders, colour, everything was big and to the extreme and it all was encapsulated here with this trend.

DECADE: 1980s

BANDS: Queen, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Van Halen

TREND: Pop Metal

CLOTHES: Teased hair, ripped jeans, neon clothing.

=How can we mention the 80s and not make note of the Jon Bon Jovi hair!  Thee look of the 80s. Period.

DECADE: 1980s

BANDS: Madonna, Michael Jackson, Wham, Culture Club

TREND: The MTV Effect

CLOTHES: Fingerless gloves, frizzy crimped hair, mesh, headbands, ballerina skirts, studs, blazer/military jackets, prom dresses, white.

=Madonna and Michael Jackson are the two biggest influences in both the music and fashion industries so we had to include them.  Madonna, the queen of the trendsetters, came on the scene in the 1980s and changed the way young girls dressed forever with her headbands, ballerina skirts, net spandex tops, prom dresses, pearls and huge earrings.  With the birth of MTV and music videos having a larger platform, fashion could be taken and replicated by the audience.

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