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We wear the same clothes ‘cause we feel the same

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There were two music scenes that changed fashion in the late 80s which bled into the 90s; Shoegaze and Baggy.



Shoegaze music was classed as such, due to the dream like sounds. It was first called Dream pop, but I am guessing this wasn’t as catchy (or maybe it sounded a bit naff).

The bands that became popularised with this movement were My Bloody Valentine, and The Jesus & Mary Chain. With bowl cut hairdos and the “I don’t care how I look” attitude, fans wore holey Jeans (mainly old vintage Levis), hand knitted Jumpers over blouse looking shirts, love beads and Dr Martens.

The style does look a lot like the Grunge scene in the US (popularised by bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam), but It could be just certain similarities in the “I don’t give a crap” attitudes and vintage inspiration that both styles adopted.

Within the early 90s some shoegaze artists were drawn to techno sounds, and most experimented to create something different.



The UK had already seen a rise in illegal raves in the late 80s and early 90s, which gave way to new underground music scene…Baggy.



The Baggy movement was a dance/rock movement that began in the late 80s, and lasted until 93/94 when Blur brought out their Girls & Boys song that began their career.

The style of Baggy was mainly loose clothing such as very baggy Jeans, berghaus anoraks, & striped polo tops. Worn with floppy mop hair, & kicker shoes. Bands such as Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses made the scene very popular. With their upbeat tempos and catchy lyrics.

The club scenes were huge at this time, with one club being the most notorious ‘The Hacienda’ (read the book ‘The Hacienda how not to run a club’ by singer of New Order and bassist of Joy Division, Peter Hook. This book will tell you exactly what it was like in the 80s & 90s within the club scene).

I think this scene did live for a longer time, but as with most music trends people wanted more. And by 1994 we had something even bigger…Britpop!



Fans still have a soft spot for the Britpop movement (even fans who weren’t around when it originally formed) in the shape of Britpop nights in clubs in the 2000s, to still going to see old favourite Britpop bands that are still touring now.

I truly believe Britpop never died.

It became popularised by Blur & Oasis, with their famous feud in the mid ninties for their battle to be number one in the charts. You had to choose which one was your favourite…even now I prefer one over the other!



Britpop was mainly about the music, but later involved fashion, politics and art. (Artists such as Damien Hirst got involved in creating videos for Blur. Calling the movement Britart). Fans of Britpop had a classic look, consisting of (for example): Fred Perry ‘modish’ clothing; Polo tops worn with Levis 501 Jeans, mixed with glam-rock-style from bands such as Suede, checked shirts, denim or Harrington Jackets.





Styles of the 90s

SHOEGAZE: Shoulder-length bowl cut hair, 60s leather box Jackets, love beads, dyed hand knitted

jumper over blouse-like shirts, holey Jeans and Dr Martens.

BAGGY: Floppy unmanned mop hair, berghaus anorak, Pin badges, Polo tops, very baggy Jeans and

Kickers.

BRITPOP: Mod inspired, polo tops, Levis, checked shirts, denim Jackets and Harrington Jackets.

Biggest bands that influenced fashion:

Blur

Happy Mondays

Oasis

Suede

Pulp

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