Music Through the Decades

by Lexi Croft / Garnet & Black

If you could live in your favorite decade as a normal teenager, what would you do? What kind of music and style would surround your everyday life? We invite you to turn on your favorite song and join us as we take you through music's most influential decades. This project aims to transport you back in time by capturing authentic vintage fashion in three popular decades and incorporating technology into each to encapsulate music history and its progression.

The '70s shoot aimed to avoid the stereotypical "hippie" aesthetic associated with '70s culture and create visuals with a "girl next door" feeling. The fashion shown in this shoot represents the typical style adopted by young teenagers in the early 1970s through a warm color palette. Stevie Wonder's style and influence played an extensive role in the creative direction of this shoot. The location of the shoot, Papa Jazz Records Shoppe, accompanies the 70s aesthetic by utilizing vinyl records as accessories.

For the '80s shoot, the focus was to continue an authentic '80s style by showcasing big hair, denim on denim, and brown leather jackets. The iconic film, The Breakfast Club, was a notable inspiration for the creative direction. Olivia Newton-John was an immense figure in women's fashion, and the intention was to reflect that style throughout these photos. The Walkman and cassette tapes are featured as authentic accessories to transport you back in time. Special thanks to Bang Back Pinball Lounge for the location. 

The '90s shoot pays homage to old-school hip-hop. The boombox featured in many shots is inspired by the genre's golden age. Each model's style, inspired by Tupac and members of Destiny's Child, focuses on '90s fashion trends such as graphic t-shirts, baseball caps, and grunge fishnets. 

Over the years, music has been under constant transformation, and we have faithfully captured these changes in the newest devices available to us. Through it all, we have continued to use music to build an identity and connect ourselves to a larger community.

'70s Style Shoot:
Models: Malachi Quarles & Ivannia Cardenas
All clothing is thrifted.

'80s Style Shoot:
Models: Ethan Massett, Kayla Cipully, Charlie Miles
All clothing is thrifted. 

'90s Style Shoot:
Model: Prudence Montgomery
Top: Tyra Sweater Tube Top from Urban Outfitters
Pants: UO Y2K Camo Cargo Pant
Jacket: Out From Under Koa Open-Front Hoodie Sweatshirt from Urban Outfitters

Model: Micheal Jacobs
Hat: '47 Brand New York Yankees Classic Baseball Hat from Urban Outfitters
Top: BDG Bondi Stripe Tee from Urban Outfitters

Model: Amariah Rosa Rosa
Top: Out From Under Overdrive Mesh Long Sleeve Top from Urban Outfitters
Pants: BDG Balloon Cargo Jean from Urban Outfitters

Model: Mitchell Jackson
Top: Smiley Distressed Logo Tee from Urban Outfitters
Pants: BDG High & Wide Jean from Urban Outfitters
Styled by Kylee Strickfaden Created by Faith Fulmer, Morgan Carter, Reece Wannemacher, Zane Heinlein