Punk rock was born in 1974 with the emblematic American band Ramones, but it is important to mention that punk as we know it today is British. Punk was born with the arrival of the Sex Pistols in 1976. The first wave of this rebellious type of Punk music reached the end of the decade with Dead Kennedys in San Francisco, with their controversial, irreverent and anti-cultural actions and revolutionary lyrics against fascism, claiming that Punk was dead. In 1981, a Scottish band called The Exploited released an album called “Punk’s not dead”. Forty years later, Punk and the notion of being British are more fashionable than ever.
Elizabeth II is dead, but The Crown is in its fifth series. Lady Di is still not forgotten, with many documentaries about her life being broadcasted. Britishness sells.
While the fictional Netflix series explores the British royal family’s monastic life on the street, they never tire of playing with the anarchy of costumes. Punk has gone from anti-fashion to mass fashion.
Street Style features classic artwork, leather, studs, metal jewellery, and colourful crests in their outfits. The trend states ‘it’s a fun way to fly the British rebel flag’. Punk style, posters, flyers and advertisements are back with aggressive fonts, safety pins and vibrant colours.
The movement that rejected the bourgeoisie and the ruling class is once again getting in the way of hippy and Boho Chic fashion, appearing on catwalks around the world.
The British crown is more fashionable than ever. Don’t get left behind – dig out your best 80s punk gear in 2023, dye your hair and join the rebellion, the deconstruction of garments, exploited by brands like Comme des Garçons. Ripped T-shirts, leather trousers, boots and studs. All with a signature and a “No future” philosophy.
T: Marcos Heredia F: Porechenskaya y Brad Pict