Fashion might not be the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of the music industry, but it’s definitely up on the list and has an incredibly close relationship with the musicians and their art.
Personally, music is my passion–but being a fan of music that doesn’t also have an intensely creative visual to it is just boring. Music, while an aural art, is also inherently visual–and what visual an artist decides to accompany their art with has a massive effect on the impression their music leaves on the listener. For example, only last week, I made a post regarding Taylor Swift’s remarkable evolution from sweet country girl to a sweaty, leather-loving post-alt chick–but her transformation was almost entirely visual. Yes, her musical style changed, but honestly “Bad Blood” wouldn’t have been too out of place in one of her earlier albums. No, what really made that single stand out was its music video–and relatedly, Taylor’s new fashion.
Many musicians are almost as famous (or infamous) for their fashion as they are for their music. David Bowie’s freaky take on glam rock became an iconic part of the seventies and eighties, while Lady Gaga’s abstract and strange runway items became part of her identity. Towering platform high heels became associated with her–and consequently, her music. Rapper Kanye West even has his own fashion line, and with that in mind, it’s hard to listen to his music without the minimalist aesthetic of his designs influencing how I view it.
The point of this post? Music is as visual as it is aural. And what better way to demonstrate the visual creative process of your music than to wear it on yourself?