You are invited to a punk fashion show exploring punk subculture and its evolution over the past 40 years. British punk fashion evolved in the 1970s, a reaction to the society around it which drew from many sources to form a defined subculture. Iconic designs were created by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren but there was also a strong DIY ethos with most fans putting together their own looks. In subsequent decades, punk style has been re-appropriated by many different designers and the people who purchase punk-inspired clothes may not be aware of the origins of this rebellious and colourful form of self-identification. Students will explore connections and contrasts between the 1970s and today, setting up dialogues across the generations which compare the hopes and fears of young people in both eras. The show will feature designs and narration by fashion and drama students, inspired by the exhibitions research carried out at LJMU based on the England’s Dreaming: Jon Savage Archive of Punk.
This event is part of the 2016 Being Human Festival of the Humanities
Image: Sid Vicious, late 1970s, copyright Sheila Rock, England’s Dreaming: Jon Savage Archive of Punk