IAN CURTIS

Ian Curtis
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IAN CURTIS



Written by Jonasz Tolopilo
24 Monday 24th May 2010

Nowadays not many musicians can be perceived as style-icons. Ok, let's admit Jack White, Bjork, Damon Albarn... But can you name more? Nope. It has to be claimed that practically every 'stylish' person in the early 21st century is just a miserable copy of those born few decades earlier. Back then, musicians were associated with style, trends, being chic. Last week we commemorated the 30th anniversary of Ian Curtis' tragic death (I think this guy needs no introduction), so I would like to draw the attention on this guy's amazing and simple taste in shaping his image. 

As a teen, Ian was inspired by Bowie's look – he was rather extravagant, experimented with make-up, untypical clothes and colours. That might have been an outcry over the depressing, dark and industrial North England. A rebellion against the homologous pattern of lifestyle. After some time, Ian dropped this style.
 
 
He started to rely on simplicity. Dark collared shirts with pockets, suit pants, brogues, sometimes a tie and of course - a trench coat. Sounds familiar? Yeah, that's probably the outfit your father would wear. However, Ian has managed to match the clothes with a certain stance, an attitude that reflected his outlooks and the way he looked at the world. Standing in the gloomy room with a depressive expression on his face, lighting a cigarette, contemplating, looking for new lyrics that'll illustrate the state of his soul – there's frankly no better outfit to do such thing than Ian's.
 
Alright, maybe I'm overthinking this whole thing a bit. Maybe the lead singer of Joy Division just wanted his clothes to be comfortable, not so much in-your-face like many artists of the 70s and the 80s preferred. He might have wanted his outfit to be utilitarian. Maybe he just didn't want to make such a big deal out of the style, omni-present in the music industry. We'll never know. Sorry guys.

 

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