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Friday, 14 October 2016

Homage to Bandanas.

 

The men’s Spring catwalks saw the return of the bandana, Louis Vuitton sent his models down the runway all sporting a bandana as a neck accessory.


“It wasn’t until when Hollywood films were produced when bandannas became fashionable”

However, bandanas have been round for centuries with the first ones being worn in medieval times when pirates roamed the sea. Later they were worn by the working class as an alternative to a cravet.

Bandanas then became popular with the Native Americans who began trading the accessories with the American Indians. Black bandanas began to be associated with criminals when Western Americans would wear them to cover their faces to protect their identities. It wasn’t until when Hollywood films were produced when bandannas became fashionable and were not only worn for practical purposes.

More recently, in the 1970s bandanas have be associated with American gangs, with different colours being affiliated with different gangs. The Crips were the first gang to all wear blue bandannas which they soon became associated with, their biggest rival the Bloods in retaliation began wearing red bandanas.

In the 1980s bandanas became associated with rock bands and artists with fans wearing different colours to represent their favourite musicians. A classic example of this is Slash from Guns and Roses/Velvet Revolver who’s signature appearance will always include a bandana hanging from his rear right hand side pocket.

Bandanas have since appeared in art work, this was popularised by the artist Usugrow in the 1990s. Usugrow’s black and white illustrations are instantly recognisable worldwide and have been used on album covers, by fashion and skate brands as well as featuring in fine art galleries, thus popularising the bandana.

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