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Music & Fashion
Transcript of Music & Fashion
Music: the Muse of Fashion
Alexa Massullo, Breanna Patterson, Cori Smith, & Hannah Ringley
The 1920s were a time of free spirit, creativity, and elegance.
There was a shift in suit design for men due to the rising Jazz fashion scene. Men began to move from thin cut “fitted” elegance to a more “loose” Jazz influenced, free swinging Zoot Suit. These were a regular sight at Jazz clubs.
There were also drastic changes for women, who finally freed themselves from chest crushing corsets and the popular Victorian inspired dresses, into more free flowing pieces.
Two big designers in the 20s were Coco Chanel and Paul Poiret.
Poiret’s new designs showed Orientalism, which was a new movement that moved away from the more restrictive clothing into more revealing clothing.
Jazz music from the 1920s continued on into the 30s and became what was called a “sweet” jazz, which contained sadder notes that resulted the Great Depression.
Because of the Great Depression, it was difficult
for designers to experiment. Hence,
many designs of the 1930s were very similar to
that of the previous decade.
Two important designers in this decade were Elsa Schiaparelli and Madeleine Vionnet.
In the early 1940s, pure jazz began to become more popular, along with the blues, with artists like Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday becoming successful.
These jazz and blues were popular during the sadness and heartbreak of WWII. Fashions during WWII were also very simple and minimalistic due to rationing.
Vera Maxwell (early 40’s)
In the late 1940s, Swing in the US had become the most popular musical style and remained so for several years until it was replaced in the late 1940s by the pop sensations who grew out of the big band Swing Era tradition. Some of the most notable Swing artists of the 1940s include Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller.
The 1950s started to reveal the first stages of youth rebellion through music.
Early 50s fashion consisted of military styled slacks and blazers (being a post war look for males) and females were seen in long skirts, blouses, and flats.
The movie Grease is a great depiction of music and fashion of the 1950s: girls fashions were Hollywood desired styles, poodle skirts, pencil skirts, fitted blouses, and sweaters. Skinny jeans became popular among the boys in the 50s as well as tight fitting cropped sleeve tee shirts and leather jackets.
The 1960’s were a time of revolution:
sexual, environmental, civil rights. Artists like
Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and The Beatles took the scene.
1969 was the epic festival Woodstock. A free spirited lifestyle took hold and it was shown through fashion and music. Janis Joplin inspired natural flowy style. Ossie Clark was a designer in the 60’s that took hold of the style that developed from Folk and Psychedelic Rock. One of the most iconic fashion staples of the 1960’s was the mini skirt. Although not created by her, Mary Quant gave the mini skirt its name––after her favorite car. Fashion and music both took turns in the 60’s. Around 1963 the British invasion came about with rise of The Beatles. The Beatles brought about the mod look that took a huge rise in the 60’s.
Early - Mid 70s :
There was a rebellion starting in the 1970s against conforming and conservatism. Fashion and music started to become more sexual and liberated during this decade.
Disco began in the 1970s and was memorable for hot pants and spandex tops. Popular fashion also seen that was influenced by Disco music were disco pants, bell bottoms, halter jumpsuits, clothes that glow, platform shoes, and light reflecting fabrics.
Late 1970s :
Punk rockers lashed out by purposely tearing up clothes. Styles seen were bright pink and green colors, leather bondage, ripped jeans, and sleeveless jackets.
The 1980’s were a
decade of big hair, bright makeup,
colorful clothes, and eccentric accessories. The best place to look for fashion inspiration in the 80s was the music videos, which were just starting to become popular.
Another major fashion trend in the 80’s was the Punk/New Romantic look. Madonna was good inspiration in this category.
The 1990s was a time of rock and pop. Grunge, punk, and alternative rock style music came onto the scene and bands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam hit the charts. Pop hit an all time high as well with boy bands and solo girl artists becoming a lifestyle. N’sync, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera became idols for teenagers worldwide. With the massive amounts of followers came a new sense of relaxed simple style sense. The 1990s were about minimalists. Denim and plaid played a strong role in the 1990s wardrobe, and ready to wear fashion exploded. In 1993, Miuccia Prada created her own ready-to-wear line called Miu Miu after her nickname. This line attracted younger clients and a more easy going style compared to the high fashion Prada line. Miu Miu embraced the relaxed style of the 1990s from denim to oversized tees to plaid, flannel shirts.
Music is one of the most influential aspects of society. It evokes a feeling, a picture, and a style. Music is set to fashion shows and musicians influence how designers design. What a musician wears will influence what his or her fans will wear. Music can make you feel a certain way, whether it is fun and flirty, electric, or dark. This feeling spills over onto a designers’ collection. In the end, for many designers, music is their muse.
Music as Fashion's Muse
Music and fashion go
hand in hand. Both are ways
for people to express themselves and
what they’re feeling. Each decade brings something different: whether it’s a financial crisis, a war, or an election. The environment of the decades will then in turn affect music and fashion. When the blues were popular, clothes tended to be duller colors and more basic silhouettes as opposed to the swinging skirts, fun colors, and bold shapes that came with pop music. Year to year, decade to decade, you can’t deny that
music provides inspiration
for many designers and their
A popular designer of this decade was Christian Dior. Dior redefined women after the war years and made bell suits and tiny waists very popular in this decade.
With the 2000s came the explosion of hip hop. Rock and pop from the 90's continue on, but hip hop, rap, and club music are the newest trends with the latest decade. This decade is considered to be a "mash up decade," as with much of the club and dance music came a rebirth of 80s silhouettes and neon brights, and the boho and vintage looks of the 50s, 60s, and 70s fashion is also prominent. Popular designers include Marc Jacobs, Diane Von Furstenburg, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Jason Wu, and Zac Posen.