Evolution of Punk

          Punk was definitely not dead.

         The movement that started off as an intentional rebuttal of the perceived excess pretension found in mainstream eventually developed into a subculture, a way of life and even a staple in one's wardrobe.  Well not really, but some were acceptable and used in today's fashion - tattered and torn,  achromatic palettes, leather,  everyday objects like pins and blades used as accessories and... Okay, maybe not the everyday objects but the others were!  It was funny how Punk used to be an anti-fashion movement.    That was such an irony of its image today.  Its main idea of 'going against trends' turned into a trend; in fact even a style.    What started off as a defiance to materialism shifted by a hundred eighty degrees.  As time elapsed and advanced, so did punk.

                The stages and changes that it underwent from being an anti-trend to an actual trend were depicted through a short film that I, together with my group mates, prepared along with a window display.  Our work 
was handpicked for the Code 852 Exhibition, unexpectedly.  In case you hadn't seen the previous post yet,
 you can check it out HERE!  

            Each member had a different role.  Mine was all about the film and the styling of the mannequins.  It definitely WAS NOT an easy task.  Putting on clothes on those motionless life-sized dummies was actually a challenge, believe it or not. 

               1980's Punk.  Ripped and Repaired.  Early punk consisted of garments that were purposely (or not) torn and held together by everyday items such as safety pins and/or tape.  Leather was huge part of the whole punk aesthetic, as well as studs and spikes or anything sharp for that matter.  The cherry on top of the whole punk look was, of course, nothing but the color black.  

               1990's Punk.  Dressed-down Denim.  The anti-fashions believed that punk was all about the music.  Punks dressed up...i mean, down, with just a top, ripped jeans and Converse sneakers for the whole no-to-materialism and yes-to-music movement.  Skulls, band tees and denim were key items of the era.  Of course, black was still the norm.   

               2000's Punk.  Seasonal Shift.  As time passed by, the movement that originally began as an opposition to trends actually turned into one.  Along with key elements from seasonal trends, Punk definitely became an actual vogue.  Though, the trends for the season were more dominant than the actual punk itself.  It was more just like 'a touch of punk' to what's in.  Leather, studs, skulls, ripped denim and whatnot were back...except skimpier than ever.  The true meaning of it was dead and buried but the style remained.

               Next Generation of Punk.  Back to Basics.  Rebellion and  resistance were just some of the words associated with the word 'punk'.  The concept of going against  was the inspiration for our idea of the future of punk.  

              Going against what, you may ask?  Nothing but the ideology of 'dressing skimpily to stand out' is what the group aimed to 'rebel' on.  The idea is to attain the right kind of attention through power dressing.  One does not have to wear clothing that shows 90 percent of their body, leaving men with 'nothing left to imagine'.  The right attitude, along with knowing how to carry oneself, is the key to this type of defiance.  Ironic, isn't it?  Rebelling for positive intentions.  Well, that's how punk has been all along.

Styled by yours truly

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