Monday, 18 April 2011


So today we were lucky enough to recieve a guest lecture from one half if the designer duo known as Boudica. It was quite an amazing talk i found it hard to take notes on anything besides the authors, books or movies that were recomended however i found that if i ha missed it i would have missed out on a vital lesson that would have edified my life. one of the main things that i took frpm the talk is that you dont always need to have all the money in the world to produce an amazing collection of clothes, althought it would obviusly help i think that a lack of money can aloe you to push your creativity to new realms bettering you as a person and as a designer.
I also took from the talk not to limit yourself to typical visuals for inspiration. As we were told by Zowie how while at a protest men would cover there wirst with tape to prevent police grabbing them and from that she came up with an idea through that.
Overall i was glad that i had the oppotunity to hear what Zowie had to say and it was good to find oit how a noted designer came up with ideas and surivies in the cut throat business.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

1980's Subcultures



DJ Kool Herc

Hip-Hop was a well known subculture of the 80's and is still to this day a way of life for some. The origin of Hip-Hop came to exist because of Jamaican born DJ Kool Herc who would loop and sample music for people to dance to. Above is a flyer for one of the first Hip-Hop  basement party's.

Hip-Hop was a response to the violence that was plaguing the NY Bronx the idea behind it was that gang violence could be turned into creative energy and it did as gangs began to break dance instead of attacking each other. The lyrics of Early Hip-Hop was a way for the rapper to focus on social issues that they faced a good example of this is a song called "The Message" by Grand Master Flash & The Furious 5

Hip-Hop became more internationally know through various films such as "Do the right thing" which focused on the lifestyle of people in the Hip-Hop subculture, "Wild Style"which shows figures from the early hip hop culture, and activities such as MCing, Djing, graffiti and breaking.

 As well as DJing Beat boxing was another emerging style in the Hip-Hop Scene which involves making a percussive sound with your mouth. One of the early known Beat boxers was Biz Markie
DJ Afrika Bambata

Biz Markie
The fashion for the 1980s Hip-Hop follower was an Adidas tack suit shell toe ,trainers a rope chain, and kangol hats the group above known as Run DMC were probably the best known for this style.

70's Subcultures

Northern Soul

Northern soul was a music related subculture that emerged in the late 1960's but captured a wider audience in the 1970's. The name was coined by journalist Dave Godin who used it to differentiate the customers (mainly form the north) that were looking for a faster tempo soul sound rather than the slower paced soul that was already about.

This iconic image of Olympic athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos became the symbol of the northern soul movement which is why the black fist is the most related symbol of the northern soul movement.
The northern soul subculture began to grow in Manchester, the twisted nerve was a well noted club for northern soul  but in its later years became known as a drug haven and as a result closed in 1971.

Wigan Casino also became a noted Northern soul spot and regularly hosted soul all nighters where people could come to dance and listen to the latest northern soul music.

These are just 3 of the artists that was a part of the northern soul movement. The clothing worn by people associated in the northern soul movement were known for wearing tank tops with a large collection of badges, they were also know for wearing loose bowling shirts and skirts as they need room to breathe in their clothing wen they would dance