The history of Rock and Roll (fashion)…

Once I become a more fashionable person I plan on having more fashion conversations.  So far, my fashion conversations have been limited to me asking for help at a store, “I’m looking for comfortable pants that look really bad on me and have pockets for snacks.”  Or someone trying to be helpful to me, “Excuse me, ma’am, but you’re dragging toilet paper on your shoe.”

But my future fashion conversations… well, they will be a thing of beauty with designer’s names (Dior, Versace, Chanel) tripping off my tongue very much like the names of all the “Cars” characters (McQueen, Mater, Sally) do now.

But in order to do that, I need to know a little something about the history of fashion.  Here’s what I’ve learned so far…

The History of Rock and Roll Fashion — Part One/The 50s

Rock and Roll fashion started in post World War America.  During the war, everything was rationed, including fabric.  This meant that for years everyone wore tight, shapeless clothing, restricting their self-expression and making them hate Hitler even more.   When the war was over, women went bonkers with excessive amounts of fabrics — big flowery dresses made of luxurious materials.  Think Mad Men.

Poodle-SkirtFor teenage girls, all that fabric translated into a different look from their parents.  Some girls broke from convention of having a poodle on their poodle skirt (so obvious!) to having a musical note on their poodle skirt (so cool, so misunderstood!). 

Then add rock and roll music, Elvis Presley and movies like “Rebel without a Cause” into the mix and a whole new style was born.  Boys wore “greaser” clothes – leather jacket, tight jeans and a white t-shirt and girls dressed like Sandy from “Grease.”  Keep in mind, these clothes at the time were considered sooooo edgy, even dangerous.  If you were an adult walking down the street and you saw a bunch of kids dressed like this coming towards you, it might be cause to run.  What would they do to you?  Throw a milk shake at you?  Decapitate you with a 45 record thrown at Frisbee-like speed?  It was anyone’s guess…

It’s important to remember this because the Rock and Roll style we dress in now is directly influenced in the way the people dressed back then.  FonzieFinally, proof that the Fonz and I are actually soul mates…Holly-Yard

1 Comment

  • boccann says:

    You are bold! I’m a fellow mother-of-three who would be afraid to have a fashion conversation. Oh please type up the dialogue after your first chat.

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