This week was based on Punk style and ideology. During this lesson I learnt the style characteristics of a Punk using pages 256- 266 by Dick Hebdige, in Barnard, M, Fashion Theory: A Reader London: Routledge (2007).
Style Characteristics of a Punk
- Union Jacks- embroidered on the backs of parka coats, or cut up and converted into smartly tailored jackets.
- T- shirts covered in swear words and terrorist/ guerrilla outfits
- Inappropriate items- a pin, clothes peg, a TV component, a razor blade, a tampon worn as a earring
- Lavatory chains dropped on chests, safety pins worn through cheek, trashy fabrics (PVC, plastic, latex)
- Makeup for both men and women, faces painted abstract
- Hair dyed (hay yellow, jet black, bright orange)
- Ripped school uniform- statement of breaking rules
- Rapist masks and rubber wear, leather bodices, fishnet stockings, pornography
What Can We Learn from the Punks That Can Inform Our Practices?
- Punks broke the rules of fashion
- Punks changed the functions of many objects they wore- just like previous subcultures looked at, e.g. Hip Hop, Goths
- Punks borrowed from the past and present to create their look- like previous case studies
- Punks wanted to shock people
- All subcultures shocking at the time they emerged
- Learnt new words- Bricolage and homology
- So far, the subcultures we have looked at do not want to look mainstream
- Meaning’s come from how you use objects and create new meanings (the meaning of bricolage)
- Subcultures exaggerate in some way or another
How can this be applied to my practice?
- Everything has a symbolic meaning
- Traditions used and broke- what functions did it originally have?
- Breaking rules and over- exaggerating will help my practice be bolder
- Explain creative decisions of work- why do I do something in a certain way?