Acoustic Trendsetters: How Music influences Fashion

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It is very obvious that music has, in the past, inspired fashion and continues to do so. Some famous examples are Madonna iconic conical bra, David Bowie’s trendsetting look, and the hairstyles of all the members of The Beatles, Kurt Cobain’s ‘just-out-of bed’look and in recent times, Justin Beiber’s entire wardrobe. Even though most of us would be reluctant to go out in public mimicking their eccentric appearances, they are nevertheless trendsetters for their respective generations. Fashion can be a major factor in how we identify ourselves, our persona and the music we listen to. Music can be a crucial element in determining our personality, our identity as well as the wat we choose to dress.
Cat-walking to the Music
Fashion and music, like bees and honey, are inseparable in certain aspects. And, like any industry that thrives on innovation, they find creative ways to survive and expand through association. This synergetic spirit is expressed in an obvious example, Fashion Shows. The use of music during the unveiling of a designer’s collection is not a new practice. In most cases, the ideal song has the potential to communicate the complex innovation of the creations in ways which the presentation alone cannot accomplish.

‘Job-hopping’ between industries
The interaction between music and fashion is involves another aspect,job-hopping.It is not uncommon nowadays to see famous singers or musicians open their own line of perfumes, establishing cosmetics brands or in some cases opening their own fashion houses. The designation ‘model-slash-singer’ which was previously looked down upon, has become something far from defamatory. This transition has occurred naturally since both fashion and music essentially support and advocate innovation and self-expression through creation.Moreover, in the modern world of rock stars and celebrities, the capacity of multi-tasking is considered to be impressive.
Music and Fashion through the Ages
The progression of jazz all through the 1920s was characterised by prominent deviations from the existing trends in the fashion industry.The “bob-cut” hairstyle that defined the 1920’snot only signified rebellion, it was also a functional style for the trendy dance music.Jazz inspired fashion signified sophistication, grace and creativity. The 1950s served as a transition period from the conservative, restricted and formal outlook which belonged to the 1940s, to a more liberal, relaxed more informal style. The 1950s also saw an increase in the purchasing power of average person which in turn allowed their teenage children to have more pocket money. This was liberally spent on acquiring the latest trends. The 1970s saw the emergence of glam rock which was all about innovative costumes, make-up and stagecraft. Glam rock fashion was inspired by the actual costumes that singers wore on stage. The 1980’s was the era of hip-hop which was characterised by designer t-shirts, baggy pants and fashionable accessories called “blings”.
The influence of music is quite substantial, and has a staggering effect on fashion as can be seen when music and fashion statements are directly associated with a particular era or culture.

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