By Carolina Benjumea Rúa
Music has always been a way of expression and communication. For those who write it is a way to tell people their ideas and the way they see the world, for those who follow it is a way of identification with a group and their beliefs. With fashion is the same, is a way to tell the world who you are, what are your beliefs and where do you belong. With these similarities is obvious why music and fashion have always find each other for support and ideas.
As a timeless trend band tees have transcended over the years to become the all time favorite vintage accesory, helping us to achieve a rocker and casual look. This garments are making big statements between celebrities and fashionistas because is a piece that you can style pretty much for any ocassion and with any other garment, and what makes it so interesting is that we are coming back to the times where people was brough together by music and fashion, no matter how their race, nationality or sexual orientation were.
Bands like Aerosmith, The Ramones, Gun’s N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin and many others that made young souls and teenagers dream and speak their minds, are coming back to let us be rebels once again, to let us feel tough and free. This 90’s inspired trend is reaching everyone out there, and is bringing together fans and outsiders, we might not be sure if half of the people wearing it has ever listened to their songs or being at a concert, but we sure know it looks good.
Collaborations between music and fashion have been responsible for the biggest youth movements of all times, turning these industries into communicators of ideas and opinions about the world surrounding us, changing the mind of people who were looking for an identity and a group where they could fit in, people who were looking to speak about their beliefs without being judged. This phenomenon has been happening since the 60’s, it was repeated in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.
When we talk about fashion inspired by music is imposible to ignore those cultural movements motivated by peace, nonconfirmity, and rebellion, and inspired by artists like Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppellin, The mamas & the papas and others. The Hippies have been one of the most influential movements of all times and with their ideals of pacifism still have echo in our era, not only in the way we dress, but many aspects of our life.
It also happened during the 80’s when fashion was moved by the disco music and musicians, and they saw the birth of the Glamrock style, over the top looks with platforms, glitter and feathers inspired by the excesive life of Elton John and David Bowi. And the 90’s were also moved by music when the Grunge style touched everyone from musicians, to teenagers, to supermodels. This movement that preached and anti- consumism aesthetic was introduced by the band Nirvana and the leading singer Kurt Cobain.