“Dress Like You’re Asking for It”
Despite its gradual absorption and appropriation by the exact culture of commodification that Riot Grrrls fought to defy, the style of the movement was one of its most defining characteristics. Riot Grrrl fashion – in tandem with its DIY philosophy – was strongly individualistic. However, there are a few characteristics that are noticeably similar throughout, namely playing with gender & critiques of heteronormative femininity, often utilizing tongue-in-cheek, shocking, and ironic ensembles.
Often misinterpreted by the media, style was an integral part of the Riot Grrrl movement in that it challenged the mainstream aesthetics that were were complicit in women’s oppression. “I was trying to do interesting gender stuff,” Kathleen explained in an interview. “Like, fucking with the idea that I’m a woman who still has what’s considered masculine traits.”(From: http://www.openingceremony.us/entry.asp?pid=8923)
Check out some examples below! (click the images for links to source)
Writers and critics tend to focus on Bikini Kill’s politics and feminism, but Hanna says she put a lot of thought into her on-stage outfits. “Fashion really was a big part of our band, and we really liked goofing around with fashion, but people think it’s antithetical to feminism.”
“It was the man inside me,”
The idea is: What constitutes asking for it?” … We accept that women who wear revealing clothing invite commentary on their body…“If you wear a dress that says ‘kill me’ on it, does that mean you’re asking for it?”