Wow, I have never gone down a wikipedia binge as much as I have these last few days trying to unravel the mysteries of this month’s Alternative Curves theme – Riot Grrrl Heroines. I read a great blog which did a nice summarizing job, but honestly I still felt uneasy about trying to replicate a look. When I originally looked through the wikipedia list of Riot Grrrl bands, the only one I knew was Hole – and even Courtney Love’s inclusion in the riot grrrl list is greatly contested. I’d heard of others, but not any of their music. I liked Veruca Salt, Portishead and Skunk Anansie when I was teen, I didn’t even particularly like Hole. All these bands seem too late for the main wave of Riot Grrrl and I haven’t really delved into 80s music that much. That was until I started this wiki binge.
After looking at various pinterest boards, goggle searching and reading the blog I mentioned above, the term Kinderwhore kept coming up. Images of Courtney Love immediately popped into my head as she is the one that popularized the look, but, it was apparently earlier grrrls that started doing this look onstage. Kat Bjelland from Babes in Toyland was one of these legends. I then listened to Babes in Toyland youtube play lists and google searched Kat Bjelland google images.
So, the images in this post are my take on Kinderwhore fashion and hence a loose connection to Riot Grrrl. I can’t really articulate why I picked the kinderwhore look over the other riot grrrl fashion, it was partly because I knew I could pull it off and partly because this is a more genuine outfit for what I would wear. If I suddenly wore an outfit that I didn’t feel comfortable in or that wasn’t in my realm of what I would wear… I don’t know, I just couldn’t do it…this is a similar feeling I had when Aussie Curves had their ‘hipster’ week – something about trying to pinpoint fashion into a lifestyle and doing it in a way that isn’t parodying the lifestyle is quite hard. The wikihow (does anyone else find them hilariously simplistic and not useful at all?) I stumbled upon here seemed to push that people knew being a riot grrrl isn’t about fashion (obviously) and without knowing the bands well, I picked a look I knew I could replicate easily and have probably touched on before in other 90s posts, but a little more extreme… I hope this is an okay interpretation of the theme?
Jacket: Black Friday Pants: Cotton On Top: thrifted & cut nightgown Shoes: thrifted
Anyway, I’m going to listen to the rest of my Babes in Toyland playlist now. Don’t forget to check out the other Alternative Curve babes when they get their looks together! Also, I have to say, I really enjoyed the challenge of this theme and post. It pushed me to do something new and made me do one of my favourite activities – wiki binging!