“The 1970s can be called Decade of Decadence, the ‘Me’ decade and the decade of excess and androgyny.”
Fringe. Suede. Flowy fabrics. Stockings. Leather. Platforms. Halter tops. Fur. Boho.
(Let’s keep bell bottoms out of the picture for now, PLEASE!)
That’s been long enough but seriously, you couldn’t escape denim. Jeans became an everyday thing not only in pants but vests, skirts, jackets, and even regrettably suits. America was still at war and rebellion came out in more ways then protests. An itch to separate from the “Free Love.” generation before translated into looks that no one has seen years prior.
Glam Rock allowed bold colored clothes in expressive fabrics like satin and velvet. Gliiters, feathers, and sequins became casual accessories. Everything was fair game.. Stacked shoes and boots were preferred.
Men’s fashion took a questionable turn but let’s admit, any change from traditional suits was refreshing. COLLARS. Enough said. Button up shirts (rarely buttoned all the way through). Checkered or plaid trousers and blazers came into the mix, as well as turtlenecks.
Muscle cars were overridden by practical designs. Regulations contributed to the battle between safety and style. Due to rations of materials, inflation from the war created a halt on the automotive industry.Cars aimed to become fuel efficient and compact.
Due to the recession, people often looked for furniture that was made to last, and durable. Wooden panels, exposed brick and ceiling beams came across in houses built during the time. Hanging plants, and wicker furniture all carried a rustic tone that echoed in the designs of the house itself, the decor and people who lived inside them.
The 70s were all about earth tones. Including: browns, beiges, mild yellows and rustic reds. To add depth and contrast to the earth tones, white and black colored accessories acted as accents.These hues translated not only in clothing but interiors, and even appliances too.
Grier will be best remembered as the leading heroine of the “blaxploitation” genre, in which films were aimed towards African Americans, and based on the tropes black life. Her characters always represented empowered black women who relied on nothing but themselves to achieve their goals.
Being a part of one of the most iconic 70s bands who were one of the first to blend the grit of punk rock new wave is no small feat. Her influence extends beyond music and goes into the worlds of fashion and art. Her titles range from actress, singer, model, and activist.