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By Cherish Marasigan/ comments

How Music Has Influenced Fashion Styles

February 09, 2014
How Music Has Influenced Fashion Styles

Most musicians dress based on their chosen genre of music.

We can easily distinguish them through their own styles.

Each style separates them from other musicians,

and most people who are music lovers are greatly influenced

by their favorite hit makers.. In every era, there’s always

a popular group which will influence a certain crowd’s style and music preference.

 Some becomes really popular that can even influence a greater



                Nowadays people wear street-wise clothes and they often prefer

                alternative clothing or a simplified subculture fashion.

Some are plain janes while others can be overdressed.


When music meets the latest trend, designers and some fashion conscious

can be really tricky and creative when it comes to launching a whole collection that serves as a tribute, or you can easily see young people strutting their stuff on the street sharing a common

taste in clothing. Here are the popular genres of music

wherein their styles have been incorporated into a fashion craze by the modern

youth. I would also like to share with you the specific music and subcultures that

has greatly influenced my music taste and style.


Glam Rock

 also known as Glitter Rock  is a style of rock and roll music

that came to be in the post-hippie era  in the early 1970's

and it was mostly practiced in England.

Good example of Glam Rock is the band KISS.

I really love shirts with their colorful faces on.


Glam Rock has also been fused with such genres as

 Glam Metal and Glam Punk. (source:urbandictionary)

Musically, it is very diverse, varying between the simple rock and roll 

revivalism of figures like Alvin Stardust to the complex art rock of Roxy Music,

and can be seen as much as a fashion as a musical sub-genre.

 Visually it was a mesh of various styles, ranging from 1930s Hollywood glamour,

 through 1950s pin-up sex appeal,  pre-war Cabaret theatrics, Victorian literary

and symbolist styles, science fiction, to ancient and occult mysticism and mythology;

manifesting itself in outrageous clothes, makeup, hairstyles, and platform-soled boots.

Since Glam is most noted for its sexual and gender ambiguity

and representations of androgyny, most Glam Rock bands

wear skimpy and skinny water leggings, some prefers leopard prints,

vests, shawls as accents, and more.

Popular bands like Motley Crue, Poison, Aerosmith and Steel Panther

can be classified as Glam Rock.


In 2011, Glam rock fashion rocked the runways.

Dark skinny underpants, Kiss shirts and some glittery or watery jeggings

were also seen being rocked by fashion models. Some were incorporated by

a futuristic modern touch.


Scene which is a combination of indie, rave, emo & japanese glam rock style that has

become popular in myspace is also associated with Glam Rock.


Famous scene queens Audrey Kitching & Zui Suicide





  Glam Punk

The glam punk fashion style helps incorporate

gorgeously cut outfits with punk styles and interesting fabrics, the best examples being motorcycle jackets,  shiny blouses, leather or faux-leather vests,

 boyish pants, ripped T-shirts, leather shorts and studded or spiked details.

- credits to: becomegorgeous.com


 Usually women with a powerful personality and a unique fashion style

 turn towards this which is not only comfortable but stylish as well.


  Sometimes sexiness is not all about wearing feminine,

 revealing clothes and vaporous or luxurious fabrics,

sexiness can also be underlined through individuality as well;

 individuality and uniqueness are a magnet when it comes to capturing attention

and being unique or different can be a great thing when it comes to fashion and style.



The latest Glam Punk style still includes spikes, studs, and leather stuffs with a modern futuristic twist. those who can’t turn their heads into mohawk style opt for faux mohawk.


Glam Punk artists were David Bowie, Iggy and Gun’s and Roses





"Goth in its simplest form, is a subculture.

A group of people who feel comfortable within each others company.

 There is no specific thing that defines what you need to do

or be to fit into the goth scene”


The implied black clothing, black lipstick, unibrows and multiple piercings are the trademark

of goth fashion. However it’s not always like that. Some people who does not understand

its true meaning often misunderstood them as satanic or demonic.


People in the goth scene all have different musical tastes,

 follow different religions, have different occupations, hobbies, and fashion sense." - goth.net

So it is not always about sad, eerie songs that most people stereotyped.

They are individually different from each other.


Glam Goth


The glam goth style is a sub to the goth style.

Like the goths they still are,

 glam goths prefer black over color,

but can allow a little white or even some red or velvet in their wardrobe.

Easily seen as just vain goths, that's also mostly what they are;

they look more after the style of their hair,


  might wear more spikes, more thoughtfully torn clothes etc.

Male and female glam goths look a lot alike,

 but the female might cross towards the Gothic Lolita look,

where as the male easily cross over to the black version of stereotype feminine clothing.



A glam goth is a person who combines current goth styles with high street fashion.

They switch baggy bondage trousers for high waisted leather shorts, and rupped tops for black sequined tops. They may still wear goth boots, or simply high heels.

 Their dominant color is still black, but they add a little sparkle to it.


The famous Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese may come under glam goth.

 Ohh, and not to mention they dated, got married, and sadly, they had a divorce.


Rockabilly/Pin Up


Rockabilly is one of the earliest styles of rock and roll music,

dating to the early 1950s.

The term "rockabilly" is a portmanteau of "rock" (from "rock 'n' roll")

and "hillbilly", the latter a reference to the country music 

 (often called "hillbilly music" in the 1940s and 1950s)

that contributed strongly to the style's development.

Other important influences on rockabilly

include western swing, boogie woogie, and rhythm and blues.


 While there are notable exceptions,

its origins lie primarily in the Southern United States.

The influence and popularity of the style waned in the 1960s,

 but during the late 1970s and early 1980s,

 rockabilly enjoyed a major revival of popularity

 that has endured to the present, often within a rockabilly subculture. - wikipedia


Women's tops consist of polka dots and cherry prints,

just like what you usually see from a Lucky Strike Cigar ad.

Red flowers, red lips, red nails and red peep toes are a must.








 Rockabilly is almost similar to Pin-up/ Burlesque and is always

associated with retro. Don't forget the leopard prints!!


The Glamorous Icon and Patron Saint of Pin Up/Rockabilly

who started it and has become the epitome of beauty, sexiness and elegance:

Marilyn Monroe








 Psychobilly is a fusion genre of rock music 

that mixes elements of punk rock, rockabilly,  and other genres.

It is one of several subgenres of rockabilly which also include

thrashabilly,  punkabilly, surfabilly and gothabilly.

Psychobilly is often characterized by lyrical references to science fiction,  

horror and exploitation films, violence, lurid sexuality,

and other topics generally considered taboo,

though often presented in a comedic or tongue-in-cheek fashion.

It is often played with an upright double bass instead of the electric bass 

more common in modern rock music.

Psychobilly gained underground popularity in Europe 

 beginning in the early 1980s, but remained largely unknown

 in the United States until the late 1990s.

Since then the advent of several notable psychobilly

 bands has led to its mainstream popularity

and attracted international attention to the genre.

In the mid- to late 1970s, as punk rock became popular,

several rockabilly and garage rock 

bands appeared who would influence

the development of psychobilly.

The term "psychobilly" was first used in the lyrics

to the country song "One Piece at a Time"


Psychobilly’s signatured style means tattoo, red lippies, piercings, bandanas,

and heavy eyeliners. More of like a fusion of punk and rockabilly.

If you put Glam Rock, Glam Punk, Glam Goth

altogether, they look similar to each other.

So is Rockabilly, Pin Up, Burlesque and Psychobilly.

Black is the dominant color, which I love.

Music that has influenced fashion has greatly helped the culture,

and subculture. Some might may not understand each other’s preferences,

but remember that the new trend celebrates diversity.

A decade ago, style and fashion DOES matter.

People will criticize you, people will make fun of you.

Now, look at Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj

and other artists having bizarre and eccentric fashion taste.

They don't care about the world, and that is the best attitude of all.


 I should quote the late Alexander Mcqueen:


"It's a new era in fashion - there are no rules.

It's all about the individual and personal style,

wearing high end, low end, classic labels,

and up-and-coming designers altogether."


Did you ever had that feeling when you felt you’re strange, you don’t follow norms,

you don’t catch up with the latest trend yet you have your own style that you feel comfortable with? Share your stories with us!

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