#316- Beatnik

JUMPSUIT: Basic Black Jumpsuit from ShopEverydayPeople
ACCESSORIES: Black Beret / Black Horse hair heels / Gold-rimmed Circle Shades

Beatnik was a media stereotype prevalent throughout the 1950s to mid-1960s that displayed the more superficial aspects of the Beat Generation literary movement of the 1950s.

At the time that the term Beatnik was coined, there was a trend amongst young college students to adopt the stereotype, with men adopting the trademark look of bebop trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie by wearing goatees, horn-rimmed glasses, and berets; rolling their own cigarettes and playing bongos. Fashions for women included black leotards and wearing their hair long, straight and unadorned in a rebellion against the middle class culture of beauty salons. 

It’s amazing how throughout history, especially from the 20s to the early 90s era, there were so many different subcultures; and how they influenced fashion and other lifestyle aspects overtime. There were more to these different subculture than the superficial stereotypes. Many of these cultures were developed because of the struggle people had at that time.

Since 1958, the terms Beat Generation and Beat have been used to describe the antimaterialistic literary movement that began with Kerouac in the 1940s, stretching on into the 1960s.

Whether it’s music, dance or literature, these people found a way to represent their identity. If you think about it, without these people and their mindset back then, we probably would not have so many inspirations to look up to. Do you know even hip hop was one such subculture too?

What is your favourite era culture then?

One thought on “#316- Beatnik

  1. The Meremaid says:

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