From The Clash to Debbie Harry, punk artists have not only brought us some of the best music of the past century, but the most fierce looks in terms of beauty and fashion.
Sid Vicious (featured in a photo from the PUNK: Chaos to Couture exhibit), the most rebellious and controversial character, brought us some of the best looks, spiky jet black hair, chains and ripped clothes. His bandmate, Johnny Rotten, was a punk icon in his own right, with his wild orange hair, that perfectly matched his enraged anti-establishment lyrics.
While it could look a bit superficial for the regular guy to adopt the Sex Pistols look, no girl would have a problem stealing Debbie Harry’s legendary platinum hair. She brought glam to punk like no one else, with electric blue shadow, red lips and dramatic blush which continue to inspire countless fans. The makeup brand NARS recently released a Debbie Harry eye and cheek palette as part of its Andy Warhol collection, based on his iconic print of the star.
That was not the case with German rocker Nina Hagen, with her literally out of this world Space Age looks. She didn’t play by the rules, and had fun with her hair color, eye makeup… especially eyebrow shape. The bold theatrical makeup would not easily translate unless you are, well, Lady Gaga.
Joan Jett, with her iconic shag haircut and black-rimmed eyes, embodies a true rocker chick. She’s been a badass since her days with the Runaways in the ‘70s. Kristen Stewart recently portrayed the legend in a film, but no one else can quite capture her iconic cool.
Punk bands like the Ramones, with their minimalist and disaffected clothing, have inspired generations to wear rocker leather jackets and All Star sneakers to embody laid back cool. Their band logos has been used for countless signature T-shirts, hoodies, and all sorts for merchandising. A band that took a completely different approach to style was The Clash. Yes, they also wore the standard leather jacket, but their more refined taste was evident in their wardrobes. By mixing tailored suits with Doc Martens (who never owned a pair?), they had their own sartorial taste that was carefully curated and explored.
Photo: Sid Vicious, 1977 – Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph © Dennis Morris – all rights reserved