So this is something I've been thinking of for a while... we all know that various subcultures, as they become more and more entrenched and complex, tend to develop unique styles, aesthetics or "looks" that go along with other, more dominant elements of the subculture (such as music). Punks had safety pins, bondage pants, mohawks and leather alongside punk music and other elements of punk culture; hippies had long hair, indian-inspired garments, and beadwork, and goths have... well, need I even go into it? My point is: has anyone else noticed a particular techno "style" that seems to have cropped up around various techno artists and techno enthusiasts? Lots of monochromatic colours. Simple, yet expensive looking clothes. Black, grey and white v-neck shirts. Hair clipped and cropped very close to the skull, sometimes with little asymmetrical detailing (think of Richie Hawtin's famous fringe).
Alongside the fashion aspect of techno, there's also a very clear visual aesthetic that has emerged, and has been around for pretty much as long as minimal tech has: again, record sleeves are simple to the point of severity, in blacks and whites and greys, muted colours, minimal design work. Flyers and posters seem to follow the same trend.
Does anyone else find this even remotely interesting? I'm pretty intrigued by it. What else do you lot think constitutes the "techno style"? Do any of you consciously dress "techno"?
I used to dress “minimal” back in the early to mid late 90s the whole black turtlenecks, black thick framed glasses, skinny jeans and deck shoes. Kind of a glam leftover from the 80s really (think early Richie Hawtin).
But I can relate to the original poster of this thread as the city I live in now is completely *le sigh* dubstep. My fashion now is a mix of my favorite labels wear and that is about it. I would love to see what constitutes as techno wear these days.
it makes sense,
since the term techno, derives from technology which most likely means the ever changing modern/future kind, would suggest a kind of sophistication above the common denominator whatever is currently prevalent.
the best way to keep modern and stylish is to remove anything extranneous/redundant and with which can be pinned to a certain time period.
with fashion this would be logos/branding, current 'trends' (mullets, popped-collars, spikey hair)
if you take it too far from the current state of things and start wearing spacesuits etc, it will then too become marked in time. this isn't a bad thing, but you'd have to have a strong and bold vision to pull it off i.e. daft punk, ziggy stardust. the vision both image and sound have to become fully locked for it to work and that requires quite some artistry, initiative & b@lls!!
Nah, in all seriousness I`ve not really noticed people into minimal really dressing that much different to other techno heads. Perhaps a little smarter than say the punk influenced acid techno look (shaved head/mowhawk, piercings, baggies etc...).
But as others have said, there`s nowhere near as many people dress according to the music they listen to as say 15 years or so back... Either that or I`m just getting old and am not with `the in crowd` any more!
Can't say anything definitive about the look (I recall there being lots of black turtle necks in the past too), but it seems to me that the flyers look much different now.
I recall older flyers being much more abstract, designy things. Now most minimal techno shows seem to look a bit like a Calvin Kline magazine cover. I will grudgingly accept any accusations of being an old crank , but I rather liked it when the djs seemed more anonymous or only one part of the party and party was more of a theme, rather then focused on the a few star personalities.
I'd have to dig around in some old boxes to confirm this mind you.