Rock 'n' Roll

Rock n Roll being a flamboyant music style needed garments that were expressionist in equal measure.

Studs and applied decoration originally on Rodeo denims became essential onto rock leathers.

©The Black Leather Jacket

©The Black Leather Jacket

From Denim wearing rock legend Elvis the look morphed into trucker jackets and jeans in black leather.

©Denim from Cowboys to Catwalks

©Denim from Cowboys to Catwalks

Stars such as Elvis spawned a black leather fashion trend that was in its infancy jeans style.

From rockers in leather evolved the punk black leather rock movement.  Decoration on both garment and body, tattooing and body piercing

©Denim From Cowboys to catwalks, ©Deadwood

©Denim From Cowboys to catwalks, ©Deadwood

Black rocker denims followed their jeans ancestors into anti establishment statements.

TREND ALERT: Rock 'n' Roll Rodeo

The Rodeo influence combines with Rock n Roll creating a natural home to worn in and worn out denim and its sexy spin offs.  Waistcoats, tie waisted blouses, decorated yoke shirts and the combination of plaids with denim are all key elements of this on trend look back at where it all started.

©Lhote, Gilles, and Christian Audigier.  Jeans Des Héros . 1st ed. Paris: Editions Lincoln, 1992. Print. ©Current, E., Elliott, M. and Walsh, H. (n.d.).  A denim story . 1st ed.

©Lhote, Gilles, and Christian Audigier. Jeans Des Héros. 1st ed. Paris: Editions Lincoln, 1992. Print. ©Current, E., Elliott, M. and Walsh, H. (n.d.). A denim story. 1st ed.

All American decoration.

The Texas Tux waistcoat combined original cowboy jeans with a bit of show off flamboyance.  Originally a mens trend it was quickly adopted by the cowgirls.  Such garments provided an opportunity for decoration and embroidery in this case patriotic.

Studded decoration highlights the yoke, collar, pockets and front placket. A classic 2x1 cowboy western shirt became a real must have item back in the day.  And of course today the influences of yoke and collar decoration on Western wear are enormous. Such an item if original, is a real collectors item.

©American Denim, A New Folk Art

©American Denim, A New Folk Art

Decoration abounds.  The Western shirt and jacket became a canvas for artistry and expression.  Given that the jean was the staple essential the top is where self expression created the fashion of the time with decoration such as  symmetrical yoke motifs, Indian inspired embroidery and freestyle artistry.

©American Denim, A New Folk Art

©American Denim, A New Folk Art

Fringing, studding and hand painting created wild garments for the flamboyant not for the fainthearted.  Glitz and glamour took the cowboy jeanswear into the arena of real fashion.