Monday, October 20, 2008

Dame Vivienne Westwood, is an English Fashion Designer, largely responsible for bringing modern punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream.

  • The original punk fashions of the 1970s were intended to appear as confrontational, shocking and rebellious as possible. This style of punk dress was significantly different from what would later be considered the basic punk look.

  • British punk fashion included: Arnarchy symbols; brightly-colored or white and black dress shirts randomly covered in slogans (such as "Only Anarchists are pretty"); fake blood; patches; and deliberately controversial images were popular. Leather rocker jackets and customised blazers were early, and are still a common fixture of punk fashion.

  • New Wave fashions were a conscious reaction to the hippies styles of the 1960s, which had spilled over into the mainstream by the late 1970s. This involved the use of spandex, bright colors (such as fluorescents), and mass-produced, tawdry jewelry and ornaments. New Wave incorporated various influences such as the rock 'n' roll styles of the pre-hippie era, disco, funk, etc.

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