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Fashion and music

Music serves in many ways for self-presentation and fashion is understood as a representation of personality. So it makes sense to combine these two elements. An overview of the different epochs and their connections follows.

The combination of two styles

The 1950s

Rock'n'Roll shaped the 1950s in society, in film and television. The American trend spilled over to Europe and was celebrated by stars like Elvis Presley and James Dean. These idols set a contrast to Germany, which was shaped by the economic miracle, with their unbridled attitude and were characterized by pomade-soaked hairs, jeans and leather jackets. Striped socks, pointed shoes and wide jackets dressed the gentlemen. The girls wore petticoats, ponytails and either high or flat shoes. Rock'n'Roll was more than just a style of music. It was a way of life and marked the beginning of the music-influenced fashion styles of the following epochs. The beat generation also developed and produced bands like the Beatles and Rolling Stones. The Who were also among them. In comparison to the rebellious rock'n'roll, the good haircuts - also called mushroom heads - and the well-groomed suits of the band members, which contrasted their sometimes rough rock music, were characteristic.

The 1960s

While the societal gap had already widened in the 1950s due to a generation conflict, this was exacerbated by political upheavals in the 1960s. The Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War created a protest movement among students and young people, which was also reflected in music and fashion. The hippie movement began. Bands from the 1950s like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones now evolved with rougher sounds. Jimi Hendrix was an icon of the hippie movement and, like many other musicians, processed the political upheavals in his songs. Hippie fashion included long hair, wide tunics, bell-bottoms, bracelets, bandeaus and scarves, as well as nylon and synthetic fabrics. The youthful subculture developed group dynamics, influenced fashion development and spawned colorful batik fashions. The 'Flower Power' movement was shaped by its so-called flower children and also developed alternative agencies for tour and festival organizations. One of them is the legendary Woodstock Festival, which took place in 1969. In addition, independent media, record labels, distribution systems, newspapers and magazines have also been established by this movement.

The 1970s

At the beginning of this decade, the Love & Peace movement subsided, which was also reflected in the music. In Germany, the Red Army faction formed and aroused fear in the population. The anger was expressed in hard rock and heavy metal. The hair remained long, but tie-dye shirts were replaced by leather robes and studded belts. Glam rock stood in this contrast, not least because of David Bowie. Surrealistic make-up, platform shoes, glitter clothing and glamorous stage shows were also celebrated by Queen, Roxy Music and Brian Eno. Nevertheless, the hippie communities lived on and were committed to environmental protection and alternative energy generation. Her bell-bottoms contrasted with the popular mini-skirt. Acrylic and polyester also found their way into the fashion world. Another achievement of this decade was disco music, which now emerged and was celebrated through musicals such as 'Saturday Night Fever'.

The 1980s

The foundations of disco, metal and rock-pop music were laid. Now they could develop further and become a star cult. Solo artists like Madonna and Michael Jackson and lived a new style that was composed of elaborate stage outfits and was not easy for the audience to imitate. Her dance style was also characterized by elaborate choreographies. In order to set an opposite pole to this attitude, the punk rock movement developed. Simple chords, battered clothes and dyed hair with a mohawk shaped this style, with which an audience could identify. It was again about rebellion, protest and identification potential. Ironically, this style was also commercialized. Another extreme was the newly emerging sports fashion and with it electronic music, to which aerobic exercises and other sporting activities could be practiced.

The 1990s

Brand cult was now capitalized in the 1990s. Print shirts and identification via labels gave the wearer a feeling of something special. The palette of musical styles and their fashionable representations were just as colorful as the newly emerging neon colors. The Love Parade, which took place for the first time in 1996, established the techno scene with colorful outfits, synthetic fabrics and synthetic music. Hip Hop stood for casualness and that was also reflected in the clothes. Comfortable, very wide T-shirts and sweaters and jeans, the crotch of which sat in the back of the knee and which were called baggy pants, but also sneakers made of thick fabric, characterized this fad. On the other hand, there was the girlie world with so-called happy hardcore music. Belly-free T-shirts, pigtails, brightly colored make-up and platform shoes were made famous by German performers such as 'Blümchen', and girl groups such as the Spice Girls also celebrated this energetic fashion style. Boy groups formed, but stood for their commercial pop music and choreographic outfits rather than a specific style.

The presence

If you look at the music and fashion world of the present, hardly any new achievements can be recognized. Every few years the trends change and make use of the past. 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s parties are springing up and bringing with them the so-called 'retro style', which can also be called vintage. Innovation is difficult to create because everything has happened before. But just as diverse as the different music and fashions were, new combinations can now also be created and inspire music lovers and fashion fans. Trends will probably change and develop further in the future. There is enough inspiration.

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