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Rock of Ages: Rock Music’s Historical Role in Fashion

With the frenzied buzz surrounding the movie musical Rock of Ages, set to come out on June 15th, and the Billboard Awards, the Grammy’s and the Rock and Roll Music Hall of Fame inductions behind us we thought we’d delve into the influence that rock music has historically had on fashion.

Jim Morrison in a Gloria Stavers fur coat

Jim Morrison in a Gloria Stavers fur coat

Nowadays, everybody can feel like a rock star, by dressing like one. There is something timely about the look, the insouciant quality reads young and fun; it always makes a statement.

Rock 'n' Roll Influence on Fashion

The Killers - Their polished quality with major statement, like feather shoulders or fur jackets, embodies both music and style in the best light

Rock 'n' Roll Influence on Fashion

Rock 'n' Roll Influence on Fashion

Paco Rabanne - Fall-Winter 2012-2013

We are accustomed to seeing rappers donning ‘glam’ furs out in public. The right ‘bling’ combined with a fantastic fur showcases their well-earned and highly publicized swagger. These high-octane looks – on and off stage – inspire designers just the same and provide the rest of us with reassurance that a little sartorial extroversion is publicly acceptable.

Rock 'n' Roll Influence on Fashion

Big Boi

Rock 'n' Roll Influence on Fashion

Diddy and Rick Ross

Rock 'n' Roll Influence on Fashion

Kanye West

Rock 'n' Roll Influence on Fashion

50 Cent

The music industry and fur fashion seem to go way back, they are old-time ‘besties,’ especially if you look back at British rockers of the 1960s and 1970s. They beat the current generation to the punch with the ins and outs of fashion. The youth quake didn’t go unnoticed. Once a rock star, always a rock star!

Rock 'n' Roll Influence on Fashion

Marianne Faithfull, 1974

The Beatles transitioning the Mod to Hippy styles

Mick Jagger by Terry O'Neill, London, 1964

Rock 'n' Roll Influence on Fashion

Led Zeppelin

The 1960s and 1970s are transitional sartorial decades that really flaunted their influence on the fashion world. From straight-from-the-runway to Mod to Hippy, the styles were as varied as they were open to interpretation. Of course, American rockers also adopted the trends. And a true rocker with ‘cred’ has always donned some fur.

Rock 'n' Roll Influence on Fashion

Marianne Faithfull, Tate Liverpool

Rock 'n' Roll Influence on Fashion

Janis Joplin photographed for an album cover

Rock 'n' Roll Influence on Fashion

The Beatles hamming it up for the camera, 1964

The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson

Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson

Paul and Linda McCartney, 1975

The collections of the past few fall-winter seasons have shown more than a few looks that really engage the music vibe. Some fur vests are referencing the hippy era, as do some fur trims and linings. Still, other fur creations with a rock vibe may look more mainstream but with a funk twist, or a high-class fashion sensibility. Surely, the upcoming fall season will see a huge resurgence in hard rock themed fashion looks and edgy fur and leather trim jackets with the much anticipated release of the movie musical Rock of Ages.

Rock has received many accolades, not only for the unbelievable transformation of its star Tom Cruise, along with his A-list supporting cast, but also for the much-loved popular rock tunes that will take moviegoers back, reminiscing about their teen years and the fashions and hairstyles they ‘rocked’ themselves.

Janis Joplin's everyday style

The highly anticipated movie release for Tom Cruise's 'Rock-of-Ages' is stirring up a whole new crop of rocker-chic fashions.

The highly anticipated movie release for Tom Cruise's 'Rock-of-Ages' is stirring up a whole new crop of rocker-chic fashions.

Tom Cruise is completely transformed into a bad-ass rock legend in the upcoming Rock of Ages film coming out June 15.

Tom Cruise is completely transformed into a rock legend in the upcoming Rock of Ages film coming out June 15.

Which looks do you favor?

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