10 Fashion Designers and the Musicians Who Inspired Them

As anyone who’s ever cracked open a copy of Dick Hebdige’s Subculture: The Meaning of Style — or, really, just taken a walk around a trendy neighborhood in a major city — knows, there will always be a relationship between the music listen to and the clothes we wear. And while musical movements and the street style that surrounds them are always fodder for designers, it’s rarer to find entire collections inspired by a single artist. Check out ten of our favorites after the jump, and then continue your fashion odyssey with this roundup of clothing influenced by books.

Jean-Paul Gaultier and Joan Jett
For three decades, Jean-Paul Gaultier has been known for his creative iconoclasm, costuming music’s most famous provocateurs, from Madonna to Marilyn Manson. So it’s not at all surprising that, for his Spring 2011 collection, Gaultier found inspiration in music’s baddest girl of all — Joan Jett. The collection featured leather, fishnets, shredded fabric, and denim, styled to recall Jett’s tough, androgynous look. As a further tribute (and fuck-you to the fashion establishment), Gaultier put plus-size Gossip frontwoman Beth Ditto on the runway as a model. Call us crazy, but we also spot a bit of Ziggy Stardust influence in the mix, too.