The power of clothing as symbols in cultures.
Clothing, an important aspect of our life (and the single most important thing in my life really), has an incredible ability to personify someone, change their personality in a switch of garments even holding the power to embolden them or otherwise; which is why the costume department is one of the most important aspects of the entertainment industry, in my opinion. Be it Dany and her Dragon necklaces on luxurious gowns, or Michael Jackson and his Thriller red jacket – they have all headed down the road to becoming iconic, and become a subculture in themselves. That is the power in dressing.
And that’s how cyberpunk also evolved from being a genre (while it was only written on paper in works of fiction) to a subculture (when the entertainment industry gave it a “look” and slowly made it a part of pop culture).
Cyberpunks – High tech. Low life.
Imagine a scene… dystopian, anti-authoritarian, futuristic, brand/label-averse, tech-literate…
Voila! You have the quintessential cyberpunk in your mind’s eye.
“Cyberpunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that features advanced science and technology in an urban, dystopian future. On one side you have powerful mega-corporations and private security forces, and on the other you have the dark and gritty underworld of illegal trade, gangs, drugs, and vice. In between all of this is politics, corruption, and social upheaval. Cyberpunk is also a culture with attitude and a distinct style. Anti-authoritarian, brand-averse, tech-literate; these are just some of the qualities you may find in a cyberpunk.”
This has been one of the more favourite sub-categories in sci-fi/thriller novels, movies and pop culture in general, in terms of fashion. It’s hard to pull off a raggedy look, striking the perfect balance between “unkempt” and “aesthetic.”