In this blog, I will write more about my favorite fashion revolution. I wondered why punk and what I like there a lot.. and after some researching, I realize why and what part of me have this as a favorite fashion style. My first collection, “Punk me up,” was an inspiration from this period. Even collection is more feminine, but one crucial element was dominant there, and its uniqueness. When I was a young designer then, I couldn’t see all possibilities, but I could feel that fashion has no limits! This style broke all the rules, made a statement of one epoch, and showed unusual independence and consistency to the authentic style.
What is punk?
After the rebellious atmosphere of the hippie movement, about what, I will write a little more in one of the following blogs, and in which various changes took place, the punk revolution took place.
With the advent of punk, all remnants of the found optimism of the hippie movement disappear.
Punk brings a revolution to young people who wanted to oppose all the laws in the then legal music industry and commercialization in the clothing industry. In this way, authenticity style in individual and personal expression was prevented. At the same time, punk philosophy is based on emphasizing independence and anarchic creative expression. The beginning of punk was completely anti-fashion, which means the punk revolution erased gender and social differences. This period is characterized by resistance to categorization, and therefore it becomes extreme and very shocking, which thus caused conflicts. What is characteristic of this period and only the clothing expression are the details that were “ornaments” and attached to the clothes.
Razor blades, safety pins combined with details found in sex shops, and were provocative in themselves were just part of the rebellion highlighted during this period. Over time, this method weakened, but it held the unique idea of revolution. Punk badges and some authentic punk clothing items could not be bought everywhere, almost anywhere. Still, there were small private tailor workshops at that time to which this period was very sympathetic, or which were themselves part of this new movement and visual appearance. Even individuals could do for themselves what created this revolution. Thanks to that, the punk uniform remained authentic. Although this was thought to be all transient, this fascinating fashion movement still serves as an inspiration for creating new fashion collections.
Famous names like Vivian Westwood and Malcolm McLaren took advantage of this movement and advanced Punk fashion. Their creations continued to be authentic, which was the idea of this revolution, but they also commercialized it excellently. London was the place where the admirers of this revolutionary movement could meet the most. And that is where the essential fashion editors, photographers, designers, lecturers in art schools, etc ..)
One of the punk revolution goals was to equalize gender and class differences, which developed strongly and survived for a long time. Music was one of those threads that successfully sustained this idea. Dick Habdige, the most influential punk interpreter, expressed when punk began to disappear, “The key to punk is elusive. Instead of getting to the point where we understand it, we have come to the point where meaning itself disappears.”
Things are starting to change with the expansion of club music, and this style sublimates all previous subculture phenomena from rockers, beatniks, mods, hippies, skinheads, punks, and Goths to hardcore raves.
In the early ’90s, everyone knew that a new revolution in dance music had taken place. In that name, fans of the rave scene emphasized the right to mass parties. They thus propagated uniformity in sneakers, baggy tracksuits of fluorescent colors, and that was an infantile regression. They held their very noisy parties in abandoned warehouses, garages and thus resisted the formal city parties and the authorities that ruled at the time. The eternal symbol of that time and movement were yellow badges with a smile sign. However, the movement is beginning to weaken as the decade draws to a close.
Newer versions of clothing have changed and emerged in the new industrialized club scene, which was specially developed on the island of Ibiza. At these parties, you could see various garments that were most often created in a home atmosphere. Eroticized forms of clothing, and beachwear combined with ghetto glamour, sadomasochistic elements, and science fiction, marked the front pages of commercial dance magazines. This style was wholly independent and had no goal or any resistance, but it arose from a combination of resistance from earlier times. Piercings, tattoos, and other ornaments used experienced an expansion when they became trendy.
This period was marked by resistance to uniformity. In the early 1990s, some punk and rave-style members continued to indulge in their “style tribe.” Others turned to the club scene or completely withdrew from subcultural styles. They determine for the “world style” of rapid change, where “Uniformity” wasn’t allowed to survive longer. However, former members of the subculture, who act as a mass of people wanting to have fun beneath their trendy clothes, are the emergence of a new visual language, which will allow the evolution of new, unexpected aesthetic values when everything seems to be seen.