10 BEST CLUB FASHION
The nightclub has been the birthplace of many major fashion trends, and this week we count down the ten best styles that got started on the dancefloor.
10. THE HIP HOP ERA
NYC clubs like Harlem World and The Fever were the epicentre of the birth of hip hop in the late 1970s, led by pioneers like Grandmaster Flash and Run DMC. Sneakers, tracksuits and mega gold chains were the staples for the hottest new names on the scene.
9. THE NEW RAVE ERA
Springing from the backstreets of east London and mixing fashion, fun and a whole lot of neon, new rave in the 2000s brought dressing up back to the dancefloor thanks to clubs like Hoxton’s Boombox. Big jewellery, bright colours, glowsticks and experimental makeup were all required for entry.
8. THE DANCEHALL ERA
Straight from Jamaica in the 1970s, getting down in the dancehall meant you had to look good if you were going to dance well. That meant flash shirts and fancy argyle socks for men and for women, disco style with a Jamaican twist.
7. THE IBIZA ERA
While people have been raving on the Spanish island since the 1960s, Ibiza really came into its own in the 1990s, when mega clubs like Pacha and Space became big businesses, and enthusiastic clubbers started seriously dressing to impress on their big nights out.
6. THE SWING ERA
Style came to dancefloors across North American in the 1940s with the boom of the swing era. Couples took to the floor in full skirts, high heels, smart suits and silk ties for a good old-fashioned knees-up to tunes by Duke Ellington and Nat King Cole.
5. THE JIVE ERA
With its roots in the 1930's Jitterbug dance, and supposedly brought to Europe’s nightclubs by American GIs during World War II, doing the jive demanded clothes you could point your toes and swing your hips in – think ballroom dancing gear with a twist.
4. THE PUNK ERA
Centred around London clubs like The Roxy and The 100 Club, the dawn of the punk era saw mohawks, kilts, leather jackets and unusual piercings become powerful style symbols of discontent, thanks to bands like the Sex Pistols and the Clash.
3. THE MADCHESTER ERA
The combination of the Hacienda club and Factory Records made Manchester into the place to be during the late 1980s. Mixing rave culture with sportswear and a boho vibe, the dresscode for Madchester was strictly baggy trousers and bucket hats.
2. THE NEW ROMANTICS ERA
Big hair, big makeup and big ruffles: the New Romantics emerged from clubs like the Blitz in Covent Garden in the early 1980s, led by musicians like Boy George and Adam Ant who believed in the importance of getting dressed up for any occasion.
1. THE DISCO ERA
Dressing for the disco in the 1970s was an all-in kind of affair: between flared trousers, party platforms, sequins, big hair and plunging necklines, the dress-code at Studio 54, and other disco clubs, was all go-go glamour, all the time.