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A Revolution Called Punk

January 18, 2018

Punk

pəNGk/

noun

  1. a loud, fast-moving, and aggressive form of rock music, popular in the late 1970s.

 Before the 70’s, fashion had one common style that was categorized  under beautiful and feminine. The main consumers were from high society and then to the common citizen. Following the political events such as the war across seas, fight for civil rights, and fight for freedom of expression; the youth of the U.K. took it upon themselves to express a new style. Punk. Now this style was exceptionally distinct, because it was seen as the “anti-fashion.” Many people who were not involved in this style found it strange, disgraceful, and even degraded the individuals who represented this revolutionary style in fashion.

 The style was linked along with the genre of music and even the preferences of sexual orientation with the youth. The artists who used their status to represent and broaden the style over to the United States included David Bowie, Sex Pistols, and The Clash to name a few. The influence of these artists from the U.K. sparked inspiration for American Punk bands to form in an infamous club down in the abandoned streets of New York called “CBGB’s.” Bands like Blondie, The Ramones, The Police, and artists such as Iggy Pop and Patti Smith were discovered in that low down club that was built upon Punk.

Young girls who shaved their heads and men who wore leather from head to toe were common in this explosive style of expression. The outcry of a revolt they set out on through fashion. Against their society, Government, pop music, and stereotypes. The way these adolescents were fearless of society and daring to be different is what created a challenge on the fashion industry. A challenge to change the light and feminine styles that gave birth to fashion and stereotypes, and the need to use new styles to recreate the societal expectations set the youth.

 

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