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Where Punk Rock Fashion Came From

While we were on the subject of vintage clothing, I stumbled upon this…

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[Photo taken from Matt Cutts]

Surprisingly, most grunge, punk, and emo subcultures in America have no idea where their style of clothing or even their attitude towards the mainstream world comes from. The ‘Punk’ movement existed during the 1970’s in the United Kingdom when there was a significantly growing class difference between the middle and upper classes.

Many young people were out of work and to express their rage against the government, they adopted a mentality, personality, and fashion style to show their dissatisfaction with how the country was being run. Rudeness, destruction, torn and worthless cheap t shirts, military boots were their uniforms against the regime that held them underfoot. This clothing became staple of the punk rock movement which quickly spread across the world and became more and more mainstream as the years went on.

Today Punk is nothing more than another generic, mainstream culture where the majority of its members come from an upper-class family and has more than enough money to buy into the fashion and music scene.

[Taken from Ezine Articles]

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One Comment

  1. Posted July 21, 2008 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    “…nothing more than another generic, mainstream culture where the majority of its members come from an upper-class family and has more than enough money to buy into the fashion and music scene.”
    …doesn’t that also decribe hip-hop?

    on a separate note, i think that it’s complicated trying to map out or link up the subcultures under the umbrella term “punk” (or even more complicated, “rock”). So much time, geography, and circumstance separates classic british punk to seattle grunge or skater punk or “emo,” etc.
    to complicate things further, it think musical culture is separate from clothing culture. though the two are definitely intertwined, and often influence each other, both are interpreted and re-interpreted independently.

    i’m not exactly sure what my point is, because i’m not disagreeing with you, haha.
    guess i’m just throwing ideas out there.


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