Hip Hop Outfit
Jacket, T-shirt and accessories
1990s – early 2000s
Kindly on loan from King Monk Studios/Hip Hop Historian Society
Today the influence of Hip Hop and ‘streetwear’ is seen throughout fashion. However, when Hip Hop first emerged on the streets of New York City, USA in the late 1970s and early 1980s its distinct style was often at odds with conventional fashion.
This outfit was worn to dedicated Hip Hop nights, in Leeds, in the 1990s. At this time many mainstream nightclubs still had a ‘smart casual’ dress code, which meant men were required to wear a shirt, trouser and trainers were definitely not allowed. This denim jacket and t-shirt would have been seen as too casual even on a night out in Leeds.
The jacket was bought second hand, by the Leeds based singer song writer and artist LSK, who then hand-painted the graffiti design on the back. It is worn with a t-shirt featuring the hip hop group ‘The Pharcyde’ and the accessories include a chain featuring the original Air Jordan sneaker. The outfit belongs to King Monk, a founding member of the Hip Hop Historian Society.