Before a court, my childhood class photographs would make solid evidence of mass crimes against fashion .
I grew up in an era where fashion had not yet reached the world of children. Our parents dressed us with clothes that were practical, not expensive, and with little concern over the overall silhouette and image. That’s fair enough, in those days everyone was in the same boat anyways.
Having skipped a year in school, I tended to be surrounded by children who were one or two years older than myself (the latter group were either the lesser able kids, and the rebels that didn’t fit and had to repeat one or two years). Being around these older guys who were starting to adopt the codes of certain urban tribes of the time might have made me precaucious in caring about my appearance. I considered myself a punk-rocker at the age of 12. As far as attitude was concerned of course I was not exactly ‘street’, not even wild, but my attention to ‘killer details’ in terms of hair and clothing comes from these days. I would collect those pictures of the punks of Carnaby Street and try to make my own versions using safety pins and old rags, which was actually the original idea (see pictures of the Bromley contingent).
Since the 1990’s fashion has taken over every aspect of our lives, including children’s clothing.
Dsquared2 waited until 2013 but jumped on the band wagon in partnership with ‘Brave kid’ to produce a junior collection, for boys and girls, now featuring newborn as well.
This range of items often reflect the current menswear and womenswear items, and sometimes takes elements from past collections.
Naturally the Punk looks, in particular the related campaign, caught my attention, in light of what I explained above.
Seeing one of the photos I could not help but associating it with a 1982 album cover: “Soleil cherche futur” by French artist Hubert-Felix Thiefaine. Judge for yourselves:
Note that these latter ones must be some silver spoon Punks. In 1976 kids shopping at ‘Sex’ were rebelling against the Tories; today’s D2 punks rebel against tidying their room. Poor Joe Strummer must be spinning in his grave!
Featured picture: Scottish band ‘the Exploited’, album ‘Punks not dead’ (1981).