The Business Standard explores the captivating relationship between music and fashion – where music has emerged as a powerful catalyst, orchestrating cultural revolutions and remarkable changes in style
Some notable examples include Kanye West’s highly successful “Yeezy” line with Adidas, Rihanna’s hit “Fenty Puma” collection, Versace’s Bold collaboration inspired by Lady Gaga’s empowering anthem “Born This Way,” the fusion of preppy and rock ‘n’ roll in Hilfiger’s Rolling Stones collaboration, and H&M’s vibrant summer collection that beautifully reflects Beyoncé’s iconic style. Then there’s Adidas’ collaboration with Beyonce’s Ivy Park line. These collaborations showcase the power of combining the creative forces of fashion and music to create captivating and influential designs.
However, this dynamic is not without its challenges.
Both music and fashion are distinct art forms that captivate followers, reshape cultures and spark creative waves. The collaboration between the two requires a delicate balance of philosophy and execution.
The Business Standard delves into this harmonious relationship, which has captivated hearts and ignited passions, interweaving melodies and fabrics into a tapestry of artistic expression.
Music’s role in propagating fashion movements
Throughout history, music has influenced and shaped fashion movements, from the rebellious rhythms of rock ‘n’ roll to the ethereal melodies of psychedelia.
Renowned partnerships between modern musical innovators and fashion houses have proven beneficial for both artists and brands, generating millions of dollars in value. Gucci, under the creative leadership of Alessandro Michele, has embraced the fusion of music and fashion. The brand has forged close relationships with well-known performers like Harry Styles, Florence Welch and Lil Nas X.
These collaborations captivate audiences worldwide by infusing the artists’ individual flair into Gucci’s aesthetic, bridging the gap between music and fashion.
Sometimes the artist collaborates with a particular designer or brand to develop a fashion statement their fans would laud. Earlier this year, rising singer-songwriter and music producer Dameer Khan had special attire made by a young designer Zubair. Although the outfits may have been somewhat amateur in terms of finishing, the innovation created ripples among the audience, who flocked to enjoy the concert.
Whether it was a suit made from green brocade, a jacket and bell bottoms featuring nakshi kantha embroidery or a cool tote bag adorned with motifs of old Dhaka, Dameer’s fashion choices sparked discussions among young fans.
His sole intention was to promote Bangladeshi culture and make a statement through his fashion, connecting with the youth who also wished to see their favourite musician championing a cause.
Fashion inspiring musical expression
The fusion of music and fashion remains a thriving industry today. Luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton, with its partnership with international superstar and style icon Rihanna, has struck a powerful chord. Rihanna has not only made waves in the fashion world but also left an enduring impression on the music industry.
Her influence as a musician, businesswoman, and fashion visionary is evident. The collaboration between Rihanna and Louis Vuitton exemplifies how fashion and music seamlessly coexist, captivating audiences with each new creation.
Photo: Eivan Sardar
Photo: Eivan Sardar
On the local front, we witness brands like Taaga Men, a sub-brand of Aarong, riding the wave of collaborations with artists to promote their brands. Their recent collaboration with Nemesis, where rockstars became the models for their festival campaigns, has gained a huge following among the youth.
When asked about this, the Taaga marketing team responded by stating that fashion and lifestyle brands often explore music to establish a genuine connection with their audience, leveraging the emotional power of music to enhance brand identity, reach a wider audience, and solidify their brand positioning.
Both Taaga Men and Nemesis boast around 0.4 million followers each on Facebook, and their combined collaboration will genuinely benefit both brands, reaching a massive 1 million people who love music and fashion.
Fans feel a deep emotional connection with their favourite artists, and adopting their fashion trends allows them to express support and a shared identity. Fans aspire to the lifestyle and values embodied by musical artists, making their fashion choices aspirational.
For instance, Apex, a leading footwear brand in the country, launched an entire song featuring popular models, influencers and music artists instead of a typical audio-visual campaign showing just models. According to the Apex marketing team, the idea was to showcase that the brand understands the youth’s pulse, which was evident throughout the video.
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