Vigorous and Unafraid Youths

Nonconformity…Direct Action…Fierce Rebellion…Do-It-Yourself…

Anti-Authority…Theatrical Dramatics…Powerful Youth…Radical Attitudes…

A Rejection of Morality…

There was a distinct, influential cultural movement that occurred in the mid-1970s, in the United States and the United Kingdom. It incorporated elements of a true rebellion–a rebellion filled with aggressiveness, power, fight; a rebellion filled with individualism, shock, and freedom. It incorporated ideologies of anti-establishment–an ideology of never “selling out,” never abandoning personal opinions, values, and beliefs. It incorporated viewpoints of independence–a viewpoint to do-it-yourself, to never rely on outside sources, to create using your own creative mind. It incorporated looks of the theater, taking in the dramatic aspects of the arts postmodernism movement, the youths inner rebellion of change, and the removals of the military and unethical racist belief and sexist thought. This distinct, influential cultural movement gained significant influence and integrity. It gained much attention and thrill. This movement fought a brave war against conformist ideals and misguided viewpoints.

This cultural movement is the Punk movement, and it is still fighting its war today…

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The Punk movement rests on the beliefs of expression and the actions of individuality. It embraces inner-originality, deep thought, and daring uniqueness. It relishes in the oppression against strict, conformist ideals; in the desire to spread innovation, to make something new. It enforces the powers of bravery, righteousness, and character and distinction; the powers to be your own person, no matter what is in the way. The Punk movement expresses many of these beliefs through captivating music, powerful voice, and significantly, through original, individualistic fashion.

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Punk’s renegade fashions aim to deconstruct, to embrace the provocative, and to alter the common, classic looks of fashion. The fashions seek to outrage, to include crazy, spiky hairstyles, heavy cosmetics, ripped, powerful clothes, and loud, metallic, chained jewels. The fashions aim to get rid of materialistic notions and aspects, and rather, to embrace unconventional, feelings and do-it-yourself aspects. Taking influence from subcultures and art movements such as glam rock, mods, and greasers, punk fashions incorporate revealing rips, bold embellishments, metallic studs and spikes, colors of unnatural, fearless hues, seductive leathers, controversial logos, tight vinyls, and enticing fishnets. The fashions include tartan trousers and kilts, second-hand tattered shirts and pants, audacious, customized blazers, ballet tutus, and military, motorcycle boots and jackets.

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With designers such as Vivienne Westwood using and incorporating the elements of this movement in her collections, the fashions of punk have revealed themselves on the runway and in the current fashion world. And recently, in the Preen collection for Pre-Fall 2013, the Punk movement is revealing itself further, gaining strength and creating change.

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Embracing the power of the youth culture, the designer couple Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi, have taken in some of the key elements and fashions of the Punk movement in their collection. Through this collection, they have expressed the beauty of cultural rebellion, the power of integrity, the appeal of bizarre irregularity, the desire to make a loud statement, the ability to fight and progress, and the importance of being yourself. They have tied in the necessities of opinion and independence, the necessities of the wild dramatic and the adventurous outlandish, in their pieces.

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With tough, leather accents, bold, bloody red prints, revealing sheers and cut-outs, gold zippers, red and black hues, and with tartan, plaid pieces, baggy pants and skirts, motor cycle jackets, and strapped buckled boots, the powerful youths emerge…

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The Punk movement prevails now and in the future.

Photo Credits: Vogue and Pinterest 

 

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