How Has Hip Hop Influenced Fashion?
Since the 1980s, hip hop music has increased in popularity, making its mark on every aspect of pop culture. One of the areas where hip hop has had a heavy influence is the world of fashion. Fashion was once ruled by an untouchable elite, where designers and high end brands were seen as larger than life. While some designers still hold that mystique, they are now approachable and are influenced by those outside of their primary demographic, including hip hop artists and fans.
From there, hip hop’s influence in fashion continued to grow with corporations, and later with hip hop artists creating their own fashion labels. Thick gold jewelry was adopted, as were Kangol bucket hats and large eyeglasses.
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While hip hop grew larger, so did the artists’ bank accounts. Hip hop artists moved on from Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger to high end designers such as Chanel and Burberry. This look became known as “ghetto fabulous,” and is often used to describe over-the-top glamor. While the brands used to create this look may not be attainable by all, the style certainly is. The term “bling-bling” became synonymous with glittering diamonds or fine metal jewelry that makes a bold statement.