At face value, a concert may be judged as an explicitly musical experience where an artist performs to an audience. However, the audience’s passion and enthusiasm can manifest itself in different ways – fashion being one aspect.
Fashion isn’t just about wearing certain designers; it is about crafting a cohesive aesthetic and asserting an external identity. Every concert, depending on the genre and artist, cultivates a unique ambience. At the concerts I photographed in Durham, I observed that there were no uniform stylistic choices.
Jewelry was a popular option for elevating an outfit, evident from the exaggerated hoops, the delicate rings and the bold bracelets. Rich florals and strong prints managed to catch envious gazes from onlookers. Silk hats, bandanas, and sunglasses were also spotted. By keeping things lighthearted and dynamic, the concert-goers’ diverse fashion sensibilities definitely added another dimension to the overall experience.
Photographs include concert-goers and musicians alike - Isis Valentino from the Atlanta based duo St. Beauty, Will Wildfire, jazz musician Theo Croker, and Rose Gold. Locations included Durham favorites - Pinhook, Motorco, and The Armory. Together- these aspects of location, visual aesthetics, and music came to elevate a culture exclusive to Durham, North Carolina.