The Fashion Subcultures

Illustrated by Jacqueline Davis Moranti
Fashion is subjective, it is what you make it. Fashion is a form of art, that allows us to creatively express ourselves and show our personality without saying a word at all. Fashion speaks volumes, which is why I love it. Fashion allows me to set myself apart from the rest, I certainly believe that my individual style is my "eternal identity."While I will always love checking out fashion shows and what's being worn on the runways, the "urban catwalk" is where it really is laid out. Street style has evolved over the years and it has also created many different pockets of cultures. I've recently come across Style Tribes: The Fashion of Subcultures by Caroline Young, it shares so much insight into the various and many communities over the past century of fashion worldwide.

Fashion is an integral piece of culture, which makes subcultures an organized group of specific sets of features of appearance. In this case its "costumes" and adornments that become the main identifiers. Each subculture has its on set of internalized rules that are claimed by many of the members, Style Tribes talks in great detail the communities created via the span of the last century to now. Many of the groups known and some not very well known, take for instance the Flappers of the 20s or the Greasers to the Hipsters and Sapeurs.

Like in the case of many subcultures, it is influenced by music as aesthetic alike. Genres we know and love today such as Hip Hop, Acid House, Punk, Grunge, Disco (my personal favorite) and Britpop, to name a few; have all created fashion movements to influence a generation. Each genre has a visual identity to relate to remind us exactly what it's aesthetic is. In Style Tribes, I love the timeline that Young provides with the specific movement, it really plants in my mind how that subculture came to be and refined itself.

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Subcultures prove that there is plenty of room under the sun for everyone, Style Tribes by Caroline Young shows just how "street style" became what it is today. Just looking through the photos in Style Tribes is reminiscent to what fashion bloggers were like back then and allows us to draw the connection and analyze how these different subcultures evolved. This book is more than a coffee table book, its a conversation starter and it will have you pondering more about the art of fashion blogging. Dear readers have you picked up Style Tribes yet?

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