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A Study on The Grunge Fashion of the 1990's and 2000's

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The purpose of this study is to rediscover the hidden value of non-mainstreamers style which has been overlooked for the past decade by investigate the aesthetics and formative features of the Grunge fashion. The Grunge fashion was derived from explosive popularity of the early 90's grunge music. Grunge was the alternative anti-thesis against mainstream pop music and anti-fashion against mainstream fashion. Dirty, rubbish grunge style of the poor street youth and grunge musicians have raised to the high fashion by designers. And These trial of designers made people to notice the value of the non-mainstreamers street style like grunge. Actually, the grunge brought the shock with many argument to the 90's fashion field. But now, It became the classic of the street fashion. And It has potent influence on the music, culture and high fashion. The Grunge is a kind of links between music and fashion, street fashion and high fashion, sub culture and mainstream culture, the past and now. Grunge isn't only a fashion of appearance. It is the attitude of wearing clothes and living a life. Variety grunge style in the international street fashion, high fashion, typical musicians's fashion of the 1990's and the 2000's was researched for this study. These materials were gathered from music magazines, fashion magazines, movies, musics and books. As a results of analysis, Grunge has the formative features like mix & match, layering, patchwork, primitive edge, rag, retro, recycle, kinderwhore, sneer scribbling, disheveled hair. Grunge also has the Aesthetic features like the beauty of symbiosis. For the last 10 years, These features changed our fashion be more pluralistic and dynamic.

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... Sohn and Park (2005) and Kim (2002) researched subcultural punk style, and identified its influence on the high fashion. In addition, Chung and Guem (2005) analyzed grungy style in the street fashion, high fashion, and musician's fashion, and Kim et al. (2001) examined hip-hop fashion based on its culture. However, most prior studies mainly focused on the subcultures in the United States and the United Kingdom, and not much attention was given to the Korean youth. ...
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