Something clicked recently. Like a sparkling confetti bomb went off in my head. And, like all things glitter, it has been stuck there ever since. I am now obsessed with glam rock. The music, the fashion, the tongue-in-cheek and sometimes self-destructive stage performances (like this Tubes video, which I warn you is NSFW and NSF-the-faint-of-heart). Sometimes I think it’s even more punk than punk, because glam rock icons like The New York Dolls and Joan Jett weren’t afraid of gender-bending outfits and makeup. The vibe was glamorous but never polished. Morning-after makeup, a mad mix of patterns, textures and colors. Glam rock fashion feels like what 5-year-old you would put on if let loose in Elton John’s closet. Never just a splash of sparkle – you have to drown in it. So, with NYE upon us, I wanted to share some of the most recent glam rock images that have been bursting in my head. If you know of any other glam rock fashion icons, please pass along!
Deap Vally. My modern glam rock fashion icons and feminist spirit animals.
Bowie and The New York Dolls’ David Johansen. Soooo groovy. Soooo glam.
Lovers and Drifters are the modern lady’s source for perfectly sloppy, ’70s rock ‘n’ roll fashion. Can I have it all?
Glam on, friends <3