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Music Meets Fashion

Music is all around us. It has been and will always be part of our lives. Music is a form of art and a cultural activity, with sound as its medium. It has a significant effect on our lives, how we feel and our mood In general. Music blends very nicely with our day- to -day lives and one of the things it blends with is fashion and thus, MUSIC MEETS FASHION.

Music and fashion are one of the most powerful tools present in the society today. It can be seen in the way public figures present themselves, how they walk, dress, talk and their lives in general. Fashion on its own, is an aesthetic expression at any time and place in a specific context, especially in the clothes we wear, our shoes, our style of hair and even our makeup. Fashion and clothes are terms that are often used together but they are actually different. While clothes describes the material, and the garment, fashion talks about the manner in which clothes are worn, the color, the size even the texture, to match what ever social position one may find his or her self in. Music and fashion though different have similarities and can coexist in our society. Music and fashion always seem to go together and there may be more reason to it than you'd think. Fashion is one of the most obvious indications of the times one is in and say so much about our society than we realize. The dresses we wear now and those we wore 20 years ago are not the same and the society itself is not the same. The difference between the jeans the hippies wore and the skinny jeans some people wear now stands out. One would pause to think and ask his or her self, does fashion dictate how the society turns out to be or does the society and time dictate how fashion operates? It is indeed food for thought. The reason why music and fashion became so inseparable and linked is because music became a method of showing individuality, political beliefs, and ideas rather than just homogenized entertainment. How music has influenced fashion and vice versa can be seen in almost every couple of years for the last century. Each decade came with its unique style of music and its corresponding fashion style. Music and fashion meet all the time and one of the best way to boost the narrative is to take a trip down the memory lane of fashion and music, each decade and how music and fashion were like bread and butter for the better part of the last century.

The Flappers dress in the 1920s The slang term flapper may have been derived from an earlier use in the northern England to mean teenage girl, referring to one whose hair is not yet put up and whose plaited pigtail flapped on her back. Flapper was also a slang for prostitute especially a young one. One of the dominant forms of music in this period was the Jazz music. Though jazz music nowadays looks very clean and calm by today’s standards, it was actually very dirty and scandalous in its early times. Jazz was one kind of music that had an erotic nature and tended to have strong female undertone. And because of that, many women who enjoyed jazz wore clothes that were not really smiled at by traditional women. Short dresses, loose clothing and sometimes no bras and this was how the flappers fashion was related to the jazz music hence music meets fashion, or vice versa.

The Teen Pop dress in the 1950s Although the 1920s had the flipper fashion, most fashion houses still catered to adult clothing needs. When television, music and movies became widely available and open to the public, everything changed. With the increase in the number of actors and movie stars and later the rock and roll artists, a new demand in clothing began to arise. Children and teenagers wanted clothes that resembled the ones their favorite artist and rock star models wore. The demand grew so much that those people who designed clothes could not ignore it and thus the Teen Pop dress was born. Again, fashion and music dance together.

The Modernists dressing in the 1960s aka The Mods In the 1950s, people in London began to become well known for their taste in a modernized version of jazz. These people were known as modernists and by the 1960s this culture gained a deep interest in the up rise of soul and ska The modernists loved and adored the bohemian lifestyle of the 50s generation and they chose to emulate their lifestyle. As time went on, these fashion conscious sets of people became known as the Mods. It was one of the biggest fashion style breakouts in history. Even today, both the music and stylistic flair of Mod fashion remains a source of inspiration for top designers.

The Punk fashion in the 1970s Punk was a musical movement that originated from the Mod culture. Like the Mod, many of the early punks also really enjoyed soul, ska and reggae. This music style was known for aggressive rock music with very light ska elements thrown inside the mix. Punk music was really about individuality and freedom. Many people joined the punk movement as a way to stand out as the punk fashion was all about handmade items, brightly colored hair, and looking very different from typical mainstream society members. I mean it only made sense. What better way to show off personal flare than to look totally different from other people? Punk Fashion was a flamboyant style of fashion that could not be hidden. It was very dominant and could not be ignored.

The Hip Hop fashion in the 1990s The late 80s and early 90s experienced a huge rise in the hip hop culture in many urban neighborhoods. In places like Detroit, New York, and Los Angeles, rap battles, break dancing began to spread like wildfire especially among those individuals who did not have enough money to go to the night clubs. The influence of hip hop eventually began to spread outside of urban areas and people began to emulate the fashion of renowned rappers they loved and by the time that hip hop became mainstream, it became synonymous with a specific style of clothing and everybody wanted to look like they’re from the hood

1990s Rave/2010s EDM The underground world of electronic really boomed in the 1990s. It was the time of houses that hosted RAVEs which stands for Radical Audio Visual Experiences. These parties stood for promoting love, unity and respect through its heavy beats, heavy drug usage and turn table matches. At that time, the underground movement, the RAVE was associated with brightly colored clothes, cares bears and swear shoes. When the RAVE culture came back in the late 2000s and early 2010s, it now included things like UFO pants, tiny bikinis and even your very own leg fluffies.

Music and fashion really go together in many aspects, pop culture influences music and music influences fashion. They maybe different elements on their own, but the fact that they really go

together cannot be over looked. There is fashion in music and music always finds a way to meet fashion.

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