Alex G. Brown is a fashion and entertainment writer based in Toronto, ON. Her work explores the daily intersection of fashion and pop culture without leaving you cross-eyed. You can check out more of her work at alexgabrielbrown.com.
With the dawn of streetwear, fashion birthed its first modern rebellion. After hippies of the 1960s practically invented the notion of a counterculture, DIY punk, surfwear, hip-hop, and sportswear swept through America’s metropolises in the 1970s and 1980s. It all started in the late 1970s, when surfwear took the reigns on producing localized apparel that was unique to the wearer and their lifestyle.
In the mid-90s, drugs happened. Or, at least, we had become so used to them that witnessing drug-addled teens on film was possible. This newfound acknowledgement of teen rebellion not only brought on revelations of their lifestyle choices – signaled in films by raging parties, morning blur, and bad-influence friendships – but also their way of dress.