Clothing was always, since man began wrapping themself in a variety of animal fur, an announcement of the certain kind. Fashion, like a style popularized and excepted by many people in present day, just deepened that statement’s importance. Selecting one style or any other gave individuals all cultures a means of expressing themselves, so that as there is always a way adopted by most of society, there is another, somewhere at the back of it, denying and rejecting it.
Alternative fashion styles are tightly near to music genres of what’s also called “alternative”, for example rock ‘n roll, punk, medieval, hardcore, and all sorts of varieties that rose up from individuals. Many social and cultural issues are introduced up by connecting a subculture with a kind of music and a means of clothing, for example denying established order of classes, governmental policies, distribution of power, and identity policy which majority popularized. Identity, actually, is an essential facet of alternative fashion so that as an embodiment from it, it created a number of styles, to exhibit exactly the same number of opinion, discontent, or rejecting the standard values that are always transformed fit but steady in structure within the mainstream fashion.
Reimagining a person’s own identity is really a procedure that is adopted by alterations in personal appearance in most cases approaching values of the subculture that provides to individual a much better look at society. Individuals values are reflected in music, accessories and clothes. Affected by vintage and retro fashion, dress styles, types of visual and gratifaction art, personal attitudes towards concepts for example individuality, consumerism, social constructs on behavior, and factors of availability and utilitarianism, rock ‘n roll and punk were built with a quite strong ground to face on when social criticizm through clothing grew to become unseparable area of the genres.
Because the 50s and 70s that have been the level years, rock ‘n roll and punk styles got multiplied by many people, and introduced us medieval, cyber medieval (along with other types of medieval fashion that is still among the most powerful alternative movements in development of new gender roles and identities and social limitations), industrial (strongly affected by military uniforms), Beatniks, Metal, Heavy Metal And Rock, Glam Metal (and lots of subgenres of metal music that has their very own group of clothing styles), Hippie, Riot grrrl, Lolita, Mod, Ero kawaii (and lots of, many, many Japanese influenced styles having a strong affect on Western fashion, alternative and mainstream, for example Elegant Medieval Aristocrat), and much more. Individuality is an integral part of other fashion, but there will always be patterns (otherwise we’d not refer to it as a way), as well as punk fashion, being an extreme type of rejecting social system through hair do, piercings, ripped clothes etc includes a certain structure which could except anybody who would like to join it.
As styles change, and we’re going further over time in the origins of musical genres which introduced us new fashion(s), it’s apparent that they’re still here, no matter gender, class, age or culture, transforming and providing people a more powerful voice to state “We’re different, so we want more”.