The misplaced artwork of rocker type


From ’60s Western Miller shirts to ’70s suede jackets, there is a brigade of male performers pegging their wardrobes on a bygone period all within the title of rock’n’roll.

Melbourne musician Henry Wagons is 1 such lover of retro tradition. When on stage, you may discover him rocking a gold sequined jacket, cowboy boots and western shirts. He’s 1 shake Wild West meets an electrified nation twang and types his stage outfits in a lot the identical manner he writes a music.

Wagons, who has been making music for the previous 20 years, describes himself as a tailor-made gent greater than a distressed cowboy, preferring high quality clothes on the subject of classic outfits.

“Both my music and my outfits are wrapped around my musical heroes,” says Wagons.

“I have a devotion to all those ’70s guys whether it be Elvis Presley and his famous capes or Waylon Jennings covered in suede. They are an important part to my creative output and I love channelling that on stage,” he says.

Rock’s vogue revival

When Wagons first began making music, looking for a rose embroidered Western shirt was close to inconceivable, however due to manufacturers like Wrangler who’ve mythologised the cowboy look, a revival has lengthy been underway.

But whereas classic manufacturers are successful in his wardrobe, Wagons additionally says he is hooked on the glorified ’60s temper of native labels like Jack London too. “They make a killer sequined jacket which I wear all the time,” he provides.

A mirrored image of the sound

New Zealand-born, now Melbourne-based, musician Matt Joe Gow channels Americana in his songwriting and you may at all times discover him constructing his look on the same theme. Think embroidered western shirts, skinny black ties and black fits for a nod to a rustic.

“When it comes to style and being on stage I try to do my best to reflect who I am as a musician and the music I am playing,” says Matt Joe Gow who says Johnny Cash performs an enormous half in his musical inspiration.

“Sometimes we rock the Americana look too. Our pedal steel player wears a cowboy hat and I recently bought a vintage H Bar C shirt which really transports you back in time because it’s a classic slice of that era,” says Gow.

A conflict of cultures

Then there’s the ’70s punk of The Clash that will get channelled by musician Luke Yeoward who additionally has a hankering for rockabilly and 60s mod.

“I’ve always looked to The Clash for everything style related,” says Luke Yeoward.

“They knew how to do it right and weren’t afraid to change their look up either. I also love the 1950’s of Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. They were excellent dressers,” he says.

Music’s affect

Yeoward says it was music that launched him to vogue type.  

“Music pioneers have always paved the way for me and presented looks I would never have seen on the streets of the small town I grew up in,” he displays of his youth spent in New Zealand.

“I always loved people that looked different even at the risk of being rejected our attacked for it. I love the elements of mod and skinhead culture from Britain – it meant you tried hard to look your best so nobody knew you were on the bones of your arse. But I also love the influences of American Rock and Roll too,” he says.

Rhythm and blue fits

Best recognized for his trumpet enjoying with The Cat Empire, jazz musician Harry James Angus is touring a solo album with a nine-piece band and lives in Byron Bay. It’s not unusual to search out him sporting a superbly crafted go well with (a wealthy darkish blue 1 by The Kooples) and deciphering the jazz legends that got here earlier than.

“Wearing a suit on stage puts me in a different psychological place. It reminds me to play my music a little more crafted,” says Harry James Angus.

“When it comes time to play jazz or gospel the suit goes on and my whole approach changes. The music is slightly more stylised and the suit definitely influences that,” he says.

Dead man’s type

Mikel Simic who performs as Mikelangelo and lives in nation NSW, rocks a macramé owls lyrca jumpsuits to classic ’40s impressed 2 piece fits. He describes his type as “dressing in dead men’s suits” because the age of 19 and at 47, sees no cause to change his method. He’s additionally been rocking a pompadour since 1997.

“I love the crooners from Dean Martin and Elvis to contemporary balladeers like Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen,” says Mikel Simic.

“Sharp suits have always appealed to me and what I’ve worn for most of my life. I usually wear and cowboy or Chelsea boots with open collared shirts. I’m a big fan of pearled pressed studs for quick changes,” he says.

Embrace the plurality

He largely purchases shirts, fits and pants from Anton’s in Sydney and Skin Deep (now based mostly in Katoomba) and adores a powder blue ’70s quantity that was given to him by his Croatian aunt. You’ll discover him rocking a 2–piece checkered go well with as a lot as you may see him in ’40s silhouettes.

“As much as I am amazed by different eras of dress, I’m not a purist,” says Simic.

“I don’t dream of living in a time when things were different. I think the plurality of the world today is wonderful. As far as style goes, you really can do whatever you want.”

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