Music and fashion, a lot like love and marriage as Sinatra put it, are inseparable. Artists such as Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry and Ke$ha have made some of the most memorable fashion statements on the red carpet.
The use of fashion has dominated not only the music scene but on the runways of fashion shows as well. In most instances, the perfect song has the power to convey the aesthetic of a designer’s work in ways that presenting the collection on its own cannot.
However, there is a danger in pushing the connection too far. Sometimes I wonder when I watch shows like Rip the Runway am I watching a fashion show or a concert?
Even though music and fashion are joined at the hip, one should never outshine the other. When you place the two side by side and one is clearly overpowering the other, you lose the essence and the importance of the artistry that is trying to connect to the viewer.
I have never put what singers look like over what they sound like. My only concern is the identity of the artist and his or her ability to communicate that without getting caught up in trends.
If someone has a great voice, or makes great music, what they look like is meaningless.
I’m sure everyone has heard the phrase “Sex sells, and everyone’s buying,” but I don’t think that excuses people who base their musical purchases on the looks of the artist. Some of the most talented people in the world are not much to look at.
One might also consider the message that this trend sends to young people. It basically says “you can only be successful if you’re attractive in the eyes of the media.”
I wonder how many talented young people have forgone their dreams of a music career because they thought they weren’t attractive enough to become successful. People need to get back to what really matters: the talent of the artist.
If you heard an amazing voice, then found it had come out of a burn victim, would you refuse to buy the CD? People basing their music buying choices on the looks of an artist makes about as much sense as someone burning an Adam Lambert CD when they find out he is gay. Did the man’s sexual preference suddenly change his level of talent? Not at all.