Leather, studs, combat boots, and ripped jeans: These are the trademarks of a rebel. There’s something extraordinary about punk, which symbolizes much more than the music genre in its name. It is a representation of the free spirit and self-expression that society’s outsiders so proudly wear for the world to see. What started in the early seventies as an act of rebellion has become something of greater meaning and value. Every time we encounter the slightest hint of punk, we are taken back to the seventies when the Sex Pistols and Guns ‘N Roses mesmerized the world with the weirdness that came with their music and style; we remember the designers –Vivenne Westwood and Jean Paul Gaultier—who dedicated their life’s work to the punk era and all that it meant to be a rebel.
Glam punk, a subgenre of glam rock and protopunk, is rooted from the seventies and eighties. This style was pioneered by rising bands such as The New York Dolls and later influenced pop culture. The glam punk style is—as it’s named—a glamorous reinvention of punk. It is a style so wholesomely punk yet so distinct in itself. Glam punk is a realm of glitter, bleached bright hair, leather, spandex, and otherworldly androgyny. It is a mysterious, wild, and bold spirit that was—and continues to be—embodied by the biggest names in the fashion and entertainment industry. Glam punk is many things; it’s Cyndi Lauper bouncing up and down the stage in a yellow Bohemian jacket with multi-colored hair; it’s David Bowe rocking it on his electric guitar with flaming red hair and a lightning bolt etched on his face; but most importantly, glam punk is art in its most electrifying form.
The seventies and eighties allowed glam punk to be championed by the most iconic acts of the era. This was the time when the boldest of souls dared to embody the glamorous weirdness that was to be known as glam punk. These artists were the wildest of superfreaks, and they knew they were fabulous.
Flash forward to forty decades later and glam punk still pumps in the veins of present day rebels and artists. These artists are the people who refuse to be conformists of society. These punks knew who they were and channeled the same free-spirited fashion that icons decades ago did.