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Fashion and music: a marriage made in heaven

23-10-2003   


“The biggest fashion extravaganza London has ever seen.”

Stella McCartney and Grace Jones That’s how the Evening Standard described the recent Fashion Rocks event. In aid of the Prince’s Trust, the charity event brought some of the world’s greatest designers and rock stars together to produce a glittering and glamorous night of entertainment.

The crème de la crème of rock and fashion put on a show of fabulous clothes with an impressive sound track of some toe tapping tunes. But this isn’t the first time the industries of music and fashion have merged; in fact they’ve been doing it for over half a century now.

Like love and marriage and bread and butter music and fashion has skipped through the decades hand in hand. Ever since the emergence of youth culture back in the1950’s music has dictated dress and dress has defined music. Mods and rockers through punks and new romantics to Goth and hip-hop, there’s no better way to advertise your musical preference than through dress.

Culture ClubQuick to pick up on the influence of music in fashion designers have been working closely with pop and rock stars ever since. Vivienne Westwood and the Sex Pistols, Leigh Bowrey and Culture Club, Madonna and Jean Paul Gaultier and Whitney Houston and Dolce & Gabbana, they’ve all helped each other along the road of trend-setters and define decades through dress and music.


With catwalk shows pumping out the latest tunes – sometimes before they’re even released – the sounds of fashion are just as important as the clothes themselves


Ever since the young and controversial Yves Saint Laurent first introduced music to his catwalk show in the 60’s, it’s been part of the blue print for designers. With catwalk shows pumping out the latest tunes – sometimes before they’re even released – the sounds of fashion are just as important as the clothes themselves. John Galliano even has his music personally tailored to his shows by best mate, and club DJ, Jeremy Healy.

Beyonce & ArmaniSo, with fashion embracing music to show off its wear on the catwalk, it’s no surprise that music events are now returning the favour by including the world of fashion in their scene.

With pop and rock diva’s and gods each adding their own personal stylist on the payroll, top labels and brands clamber to offer their assistance in turning them into every little girl and boys fantastical icon.

And in return music events now pay homage to the world of fashion. While the recent Fashion Rocks event was a one off other events hold annual, and sometimes monthly, gatherings. Among many is the VH1 Vogue fashion awards where fashion and live music performances come together in New York to fan their feathers peacock style.


Thankfully Giorgio, Donatella and Galliano have refrained from releasing singles, but you never know with Stella…


Steve StrangeCloser to home though there’s the Network night, a monthly event that acts as host to introduce fashion, music and film makers to each other. Allowing the creative groups to mingle and make connections and possible collaborations, the event has a pre club lounge environment that’s overflowing with live music, catwalk show footage and short films.

And as if that wasn’t enough to cement the relationship the, oh so faint, line drawn between the two are being crossed. Kylie, Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs and J-Lo (to name a few) have all turned designer, while fashion models like Milla Jovovich and Naomi Cambell have turned songsters (OK maybe Naomi made a mistake, but she tried). Thankfully Giorgio, Donatella and Galliano have refrained from releasing singles, but you never know with Stella, well, it is in the blood.

So let’s all raise our glasses and toast the happy couple; long may they remain happy and continue to entertain us.

by Nicola Brewer

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