PUNK ROCK DRESS and ANDROGYNOUS ENSEMBLE
Every other year, a student-led charitable fund at my school puts on a fashion show as a fundraiser to raise money to donate to organizations in Los Angeles that help underprivileged girls. The fashion includes designs by students that are modeled by students.
I am looking forward to participating in this event as a designer. I have enlisted a few of my friends to be my models. I haven't gotten any information yet about limits to the number of deigns we can make or what our budget is, so I went ahead and started brainstorming outfits according to this year's theme "Fashion through Music." The five categories we can choose from are: hip hop/pop, indie/folk, old jazz, disco, and punk rock.
I am doing two "punk rock" inspired outfits, one dress and one androgynous ensemble. The dress outfit will be relatively simple. I think the defining characteristic for both outfits will be the little details that make it more than just clothes. What I mean by this is that punk is a subculture, just as hipster, goth, and lolita are. While a non-hipster might dress like a hipster for a costumed event and thus see the outfit as a costume, hipsters see what they are wearing as clothes. The challenge here is to assemble clothes in a way that is recognizably punk but without turning it into a costume or offending anyone.
With that in mind, here is my idea for the dress: red plaid corset/tank-top-type-thing with pointed/triangular panels on the hips that stick out, a worn black band shirt underneath, a raggy skirt with different fabrics and textures, and possibly a blazer absolutely covered with studs.
For the androgynous ensemble, I want to find some bright pants, crazy studded/buckled boots, and a leather jacket or vest that I will stud and patch the bejeezus out of if need be (I'm seeing a trend here with studs, are you?). I will probably go through my friend's stuff for the accessories because she has the awesomest things.
Anyhoo, here are some pictures.
|Studded and patched leather vests and mohawks.|
|Goth? Punk? A little bit of both? Who cares, I love their boots.|
|This right here is the inspiration for the androgynous ensemble -- I especially love the pants.|
|Her plaid tank top is the inspiration for the tank top corset of the dress ensemble.|
|I love how I can tell that this is at SDCC just because of the font on the sign to the left of her elbow.|
|Classic punk rock.|
|Kind of cyberpunk, but I might do something like this for one of my model's hair.|
|This is the inspiration for the skirt. Imagine something very similar, but with much darker colors and maybe not as long.|