The relationship between fashion and music is one of bountiful and mutual creativity. As long as fashion has existed it has been heavily influenced by music. Eras have been defined by the fashion and music contained within them, the 20s and their flapper girls, 1950s and pin up girls, 1960s with the summer of love, punks, mods and rockers, 1970s bohemian, disco and flares, 80s – well we all have vivid images of the neon shell suits, huge curly hair and synthesisers. In the 20th and 21st century youth subcultures have continuously articulated themselves through fashion from goths to punks to mods to ravers. Artists themselves often become synonymous with particular subcultures; Kurt Cobain and grunge, Marilyn Manson and goth, Avril Lavigne and skater.
In the modern day, the underground electronic music scene has carved out it’s own fashion culture. In London particularly, the music scene is heavily influencing what we are all wearing. The power of clothing as a form of identity and as a tool to make a powerful statement without speaking a word is what links it so closely to music.
What makes the electronic music scene stand out in terms of fashion against other genres is the freedom. Electronic music, most notably house and techno, was first embraced by the gay clubs in New York, Chicago and Detroit. It was these same clubs that were a safe-haven for extraverts and aliens alike that didn’t fit into societal norms for whatever reason, be it their race, sexuality or just personality. This freedom around the music and fashion in those early clubs, alongside the drugs, has maintained an outlandish and unique atmosphere in the electronic music scene where there is no ‘normal’ and people have the license to be who they want to be.
This monthly blog post will explore this unique relationship, current trends and just my personal fashion favourites.
Hosing parties around London every couple of months, PXSSY PALACE is a haven for the most extravagant and eccentric crowd. Although aimed at women and femmes of colour, this event employs an open door policy and welcomes everyone to the palace. This organically girl-grown collective simply request you be yourself, no matter how extra or low-key that may be.
Regularly taking over Radar Radio, PXSSY PALACE features a variety of music to suit all taste from house to hip-hop and grime to garage.
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One of my personal fashion icons, Brooke Candy is an American rapper, singer, stylist and all round badass babe. Constantly pushing boundaries, Candy and her self proclaimed Fag Mob aim to shock. As well as her outrageous style, Brooke Candy works alongside Australian singer Sia and is the supporting act on Charli XCX’s tour, bringing her springy, electro-pop sound with a twerk-able nature
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Hailing from south of the river, this collective of young London-based talent has banded together to launch a label that’s an uncensored love letter to the streets of South London. With the colossal rise of grime in recent years, South London has been in the spotlight thanks to artists like Stormzy and Section Boys, although original pioneers such as So Solid Crew shouldn’t be forgotten. This rise of grime has symbiotically encouraged a rise in streetwear. Dirty $outh’s brand churns out an original mix of streetwear staples and high-end fashion as well as aspiring to bring communities together and open the minds of people to different styles, cultures and music.
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Kaya will be writing her rave-influenced style column every month, follow her on Instagram.