Understanding the Development of Fashion

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Punk fashion has greatly evolved from just a mere movement to a fashion statement that has inspired many designers. Currently the style is seen to be embraced by celebrities such as the pop star Lady Gaga. She once wore a safety pin dress that Liz Hurley once wore (Bestley and Loren, 2012).In the mid-1970s in London there was an anarchic and aggressive movement that led to the emergence of punk. Teenagers were the majority members of this movement. They were rebellious and followers of a new music style that was known as Punk. Malcolm McLaren together with Vivienne Westwood was part of the most popular music group known as Sex Pistols. Vivienne Westwood had a fashion shop known as Sex Pistols where the band wore clothes from. The store sold a lot of accessories and clothes to the punks and fans of the band (Sabin, 2002).The early ‘70s saw punk influence a lot of young people and the art world. Punk was used to express rebellion and self-rule mentality. In America the term punk was initially used to refer to music bands that had come up. These bands were perceived as the vanguard of the musical movement. The movement saw punk spread around the world in the form of visual art, music, and fashion (Sabin, 2002).Punk fashion is a very affordable type of fashion for the poor and the rich. The emergence of punk fashion saw it being mainly won by students. Students used old clothing that they found in the second-hand shops and in charity to make punk clothes. The source of material for these clothes was cheap to obtain and pointed out that status was not important. The low status associated with this kind of fashion brought out the students as rebellious especially the fact that they belonged to an enormous community (Colegrave and Sullivan, 2001).Punk fashion not only involves clothes but the hairstyle is also part of fashion. Male punk fanatics’ hairstyle was either long hair or a bald head. The dressing would consist of tight jeans, leather jackets, or ripped clothing.