Bombed Out!, 1970s Fashions and The Punk Revolution: Big Flared Trousers.
Above Photo: Dave Hill, Slade’s guitarist proudly shows off his 1970s attire.
I saw a superb photo article recently, by Greg Whitmore, in the UK’s Guardian newspaper about the 1970s fashion for really BIG flared trousers, tracing their history back to the US navy in the late 1800s, and tracking them through the ages, particularly in the 1970s.
I hadn’t really thought about it before, but the Punk Revolution also did for flared trousers in the mid ‘Seventies; at least in the UK.
Big 1970s flares get a very early mention in my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out! (on page 10 no less), in the context of gang fights and the sudden appearance of Skinheads on the social horizon back in Liverpool.
It was obviously a confusing time for fashion; something which the accompanying photos amply demonstrate.
Most of bands and musicians pictured here also receive mentions in Bombed Out! for their good or (often) otherwise musical contributions to the 1970s, which also helped shape the musical landscape for the rise of Punk.
I have used and re-captioned some of the excellent photos in the Guardian’s article here, and put a link to the full article below.
Buy a signed copy of Bombed Out! here: http://www.bombedoutpunk.com/buybook.php
See the full Guardian article here: http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/gallery/2015/jan/24/the-history-of-flares-in-pictures