The Key Notes – Fashion vs. Music

by Kylie Carpenter


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Music and fashion have had links to each other since the rise of music itself. Think back to the early decades: the 40s had swing dancing and jazz, the 50s, 60s, and 70s brought all variations of rock and roll, the 80s gave rise to some iconic stars, the 90s gave us hip hop and teen angst, and the 2000s gave us, well a lot. With music trends and fashion trends being ever changing, its inevitable that fashion lines are now being created by musicians themselves. Everyone from Rihanna to Kanye to Gwen Stefani, Madonna, Beyonce and so many more – these musical geniuses have brought their mastery of their art to clothes and their fans and fashion lovers alike just can’t get enough.

Combining the art of music and fashion often creates almost a cult like following for these musicians-turned-designer. Kanye West’s Yeezy shoes sell out before some people can even add them to their carts. Beyonce’s line, Ivy Park, in collaboration with Topshop was an major hit (duh, it’s Beyonce) due to the versatility of the pieces. You can take them straight from the gym to brunch with your girls and who doesn’t love that?! These artists appeal to all kinds of populations just like their music. Madonna’s line, Material Girl, for example is geared towards the teen population and has had great success. She brings on other musicians for ads and campaigns like Taylor Momsen, Rita Ora, and Pia Mia who is actually Material Girl’s Fashion Director. In a way they embody their own musical talents and spirit into clothing, which is an art in and of itself.

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Saint Laurent Fall/Winter 2017 via Vogue

But fashion brought to you via musicians and their designs isn’t the only way music plays a role in this creative world. Designers are always inspired by the music of decades past which shows constantly on the runway. Jason Wu often recreates beautiful flowy skirts of the 40s for the modern woman and Anthony Vaccarello brought back the 80s in a major way at Saint Laurent this past season. A “greaser” leather jacket, white tee, and jeans outfit has become a staple street style look worn by many style bloggers. And the fashion industry as a whole is still having a huge moment with the 70s (we don’t blame them).

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the key notes, too gold street chat, jason wu, fw17, music influence, fashion influence

Jason Wu Fall/Winter 2017 via Vogue

All in all (you’re just another brick in the wall, yes) the real question is not “do music and fashion inspire each other?” but, “who inspired who?”. It’s hard to imagine a fashion world without musical influence and a music world without a fashion influence. They go hand in hand and together will always be changing to reflect the cultural happenings of the time.

 

 

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