Characterized by angst, social alienation, and emotional isolation grunge brought a breath of fresh air to the music industry offering a new perspective on life. The movement quickly shifted the dynamics of pop culture throughout the 90s spawning a generation of youth that was widely misunderstood.
At the forefront of this movement was Kurt Cobain, the lead singer of Nirvana. Having achieved commercial success in a short amount of time, Cobain captured the hearts of many and was catapulted into the spotlight as a true counterculture icon. While in the public eye, Cobain paired his carefree attitude with mismatching colors, textures, and patterns. He created a style that became synonymous with the grunge movement: baggy jeans laced with burn holes and patches, large fuzzy sweaters, and worn-out Converse.
His fans admired his punk attitude, doing anything they could to mirror his look. Though simply acting out of necessity, Kurt Cobain became a muse for a generation of designers attracted to this image and lifestyle. Throughout the last 30 years, the industry has seen countless reproductions of Kurt Cobain’s wardrobe. Some honorable mentions include Takahiro Miyashita’s “Touch Me I’m Sick” collection, Junya Watanabe’s patchwork Levi jeans, and Hedi Slimane’s FW13 collection at Saint Laurent.