The word “teenager” was first coined in the 1950s, at a time when Teenage Fashion had found its place and niche market was created. Teenagers were now a closed group with their own emotions, style, attitude and ways of perceiving life; it is their own personality.
Malcolm Barnard says in his book of fashion communication, “Fashion and apparel has always been described as forms of communication.” Teenagers now have their own voice to speak their minds and they manage to make it through fashion.
Being a teenager is to be rebellious. If you check out the decades of teen fashion you could see that they have a proven way out rebellion.
Back in the fifties, when a teen fashion firs seemed it would follow the famous appearance of James Dean in “Rebel Without a Cause.” However, their clothes did not differ too much from the overall trends in fashion, girls could be seen wearing dresses fluffed out with petticoats and crinolines under the skirt. Boys wore tight Levis, chinos, white or black tight shirts, as well as loafers or Converse shoes with leather jackets.
Fashion is totally influenced and “manipulated” by history. This historic event put hallmark of fashion decades ago, as the clothes show lifestyle of people, ideas and even prejudices.
In 1960, the fashion and the music began to go hand in hand. Pop and rock music began to influence fashion in a way like never before. Fashion icons, like The Beatles, or rebellious rock star, as Bob Dylan and Mick Jagger, was to speak for the younger generation and they represented the main force.
In the 1970s, the disco era was great and colorful. The materials of the decade were polyester, acrylic and Lycra. Dresses women were getting on their knees and men wore bell bottoms, jackets and gold chains. Platform shoes were big on the dance floor and shirt patterns were dizzying.
1980 brought the aerobic craze. The final composition was tight, shiny stretch leggings paired with over-sized, off-the-shoulder sweatshirt. The pop singer Madonna was at its peak at that time and it affects young people a sense of style very much.
1990, in terms of youth fashion, represented a mixture of a whole lot of different styles. Boy bands and girl bands pop music were pretty eclectic in terms of clothes and they were admired by the young generation. It was time for platform shoes back that shows up in many shoes from sandals to tennis shoes. The colors are dramatic or pastel, the classic color black was still used for dramatic effect in fashion.
Now, teen clothing is very comfortable in every way. The main trends are vintage blue jeans with trendy. Teenagers clothes need to be accessible in terms of price, the expenses of young people is somewhat limited in the amounts collected in their piggy banks.