Saturday, February 18, 2012

Decade Of Glam" Dramatic 1970's

Disco music took the world by storm in the 70's. The genre's popularity peaked during the late 1970's and it could be found in clubs for African American, LGBT, psychedelic and heterosexual white communites. It was also a reaction by New York's LGBT communities who were against the domination of rock music and the stigmatization of dance music. But by the late 1970's stron anti-disco sentiments developed among the rock genre and it's fans. Slogans such as "Disco Sucks" and "Death To Disco" became overly popular appearing anywhere from graffitti tags to t-shirts. Radio DJ's would organize mass burnings of Bee Gee's and other artists albums and posters. Rock artists like Rod Stewart and David Bowie began to see a blacklash toward their music by fans who accused them of selling out due to disco element in their music. 

Halter tops and cat suit patterns were becoming fashionable and seen everywhere. Exotic and tropical prints were a reflection of one's longing and inspiration for a forgein travel. Clothing prints from India were very fashionable. Bell-bottomed pants were still around and very popular still. Turtle necks and flower printed shirts were regularly worn. In the later part of the decade three-piece suits became famous due to the movie "Saturday Night Fever." Leisure suits and platform shoes were highly favored in the disco bandwagon.  During the Disco era girls donned hot pants in many neon colors, spandex and stretch sequin bandeau tops. Stretch halter tops, leopard prints and white clothing under Ultra Violet lights became the perfect Disco wardrobe.

With the 70's being a time of distinctive and viberant fashion, the disco culture focused of strobe lights, bone hugging clothes, and disco balls. Women's makeup reflected the glitzy atmosphere. The culture was designed to grab attention and was anything but subtle. Eye makeup was dramatic and flirtatious. Eyes were either smokey or shimmery. The typical disco look involved brightly colored eye shadow like blues and yellows with matching glitter on top. Eyeliner was typically ringing the eye in a "cat eyed" manner. Eyelashes were usually overly coated with macara and adorned with falsies. Face makeup was intended to give the skin a dewy look. But many just wore a clean and well moisturized face. Lipstick was either bright pink and ehanced with a layer of sparkly gloss. 

Hollywood starlets like Farrah Faccett and Lynda Carter inspired young women with their hair. The blown back feathered look took the young generation by storm. You could not walk out your door without seeing one Farrah Faccett inspired hair. Afros were one of the many famous hairstyles. Black power and pride were strong and as a way of reinforcing humans that beauty came in all shapes, sizes and colors. Black men and women would grow out their hair created a giant puff. But one of the weirdest afros was the disco wedge taken out on the sides. 

For my look, I went with a sparkly smokey eye. I was inspired by how everyone seemed to come alive at night and of course the infamous disco ball. 

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