I first discovered Siouxsie & the Banshees sometime before or around high school. I was drawn to the slow and dark sound of their music, but also to Siouxsie Sioux.
She was first known to run around with the Sex Pistols and their posse back in the late seventies. At that time she had a bleach blonde buzz cut, and often donned men’s button up shirts and ties.
After the band dissolved, Siouxsie was able to make an image for herself, reinventing her style drastically, helping to start the gothic subculture that grew during the 1980s.
I admire her style for a lot of reasons. Some are superficial. I love layering different textures of black. I like the goth subculture because I think it’s cool. Yeah, that’s very high school, but I also love her style because it’s sexual in a way that’s assaulting to the onlooker. In her early days she’d wear shirts so thin you could see her breasts, vinyl underwear so tight they looked like they were painted on… Her sexuality wasn’t there to impress men. She was in control of it, using it as a tool to stand apart from the public.
Basically, she’s badass and I love her.
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