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Tuesday, November 06, 2012


I'll be DJing for the TEEN STYLIN' event at the VMFA next month so I put this blog post together for the fashion show participants to give them a sample of the type of musical selections the big fashion designers are choosing these days.  (Actually, the music I'll be playing will be mostly chosen by the designers themselves. So this blog post is meant to help the designers start thinking about what sort of music they want to use in their show. )

 NOTE:  most of the links below are from 2012.... still cool stuff, but a year old now... so here's a few links to this year's music runway selections:

forum on The Fashion Spot discussing this year's music picks in various fashion shows (they do this obsessively every year on this site)

2012 post (fixed broken links) --->

 I was really inspired by these videos - and I definitely recommend searching for some of the songs/artists listed in soundtracks for these shows.

Check out the diverse styles and fashions in the videos below, and notice how they "harmonize" (or don't) with the music that was chosen.

Chanel | Spring Summer 2012 Full Fashion Show
  1. Music: Gui Boratto - Striker
  2. Gui Boratto - Soledad
  3. Florence&The Machine - What the water gave me 

Salvatore Ferragamo Runway Show ft Anja Rubik - Milan Fashion 

  1. Grace Jones - Williams' Blood 
  2. Grace Jones - Well Well Well Dub.
  3. Iggy Pop - Risky 
  4. this mortal coil - song to the siren

Betsey Johnson Show - Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week NYFW

  1. Muse - Supermassive Black Hole
  2. The Virgins - One Week Of Danger

Viktor & Rolf | Fall Winter 2010/2011 Full Fashion Show

  1. Viktor & Rolf | Fall Winter 2010/2011 Full Fashion Show
  2. Bomb The Bass - Boy Girl Feat. Paul Conboy (Fm Radio Gods Remix)

Versace Spring/Summer 2012 Full Show 

  1. Bomb The Bass – if you reach the border 
  2. Billy Idol - Hot in the City

Escada | Spring Summer 2012 Full Fashion Show

  1. unknown sitar intro --- dave pike set?   
  2. Tiefschwarz & Cassy - Find me (Guido Schneider remix)
  3. Love's Wine (Gregory Del Piero Jackin Vocal Mix)

Christian Dior Cruise 2011 Fashion Show 

  1. Diana Ross - Love child remix
  2. The Gossip - Heavy Cross  fred falke remix
  4. Christina Aguilera - Not Myself Tonight 
Moschino Runway Show - Milan Fashion Week Spring 2012 MFW 
  1. Connan Mockasin - Forever Dolphin Love (Erol Alkan Rework) (Phantasy)
  2. Metronomy - The Bay
D&G Runway Show: The Last One Ever! at Milan Fashion Week Spring 2012 MFW
  1. James Brown - Sex Machine (remixed) 
  2. Prince - KISS - remix
Jean Paul Gaultier ● Spring/Summer 2013 Full Fashion Show

Normally, I would recommend that you DONT choose obvious Pop Songs -- but in this show, Jean Paul Gaultier seems to be doing an all out TRIBUTE to 80s Pop Icons...    Nice!  
  1. Grace Jones _ I'm not perfect
  2. Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams
  3. Madonna - Dress u up in my love
  4. Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
  5. Serge Gainsbourg - Je Taime Mois Non Plus
  6. Michael Jackson - Beat it
  7. Sade - Hang on to your love
  8. Jean Paul Gaultier - How to Do That
  9. Hung Up by Madonna
  10. Fashion by David Bowie
  11. Amanda Lear - Fashion Pack
  12. Laroche Valmont - T'As Le Look Coco
Matthew Williamson | Spring Summer 2012 Full Fashion Show
  1. lykke li - i follow rivers dave sitek remix
  2. The Rosebuds - Woods
  3. Beat Connection -- In the Water
  1. Lady by Chromatics
  2. I want your love - Chromatics
  3. Running up that hill - Chromatics


1. Dj Sliink - Putcha Back In It
2. Baauer - Yaow!
3. Jay Fay & Ra Cailum - Bonkers
4. Baauer - Harlem Shake
5. Dj Sliink - Putcha Back In It
6. Sandro Silva & Quintino - Epic


La Forêt by Lescop 

Kelis - 22nd century
  1. Generique by Miles Davis
  2. Bitches Brew by Miles Davis
  3. Iʼve Got You Under My Skin by Neneh Cherry

Christian Dior Spring Summer 2013 Full Fashion Show

Blue - la Tour

Einstein On The Beach by Philip Glass

Saint Laurent | Spring Summer 2013 Full Fashion Show

Song: “I Gotta Try You Girl” by Junior Kimbrough edited  by Daft Punk for this show   alternate view HERE

Christopher Kane | LONDON Fashion week 2013 

  1. Kim Ann Foxman - Return I

  1. Megumi Satsu - Give Me Back My Soul (remix)
  2. Megumi Satsu - Motel Suicide
  3. Megumi Satsu - Give Me Back My Soul (Album Version)
  4. Megumi Satsu - Je Mʼaime
  1. 'Séance' by Jonathon Bepler
  2. 'Industrial Introduction' by Throbbing Gristle
  3. 'Fascination' by Phillipe D'Aram
  4. Drums by Mekon
  5. Death Surf' by Heroin In Tahiti
  6. Strings by Mekon
  7. Sugar Sugar' by The Archies
like a child - junior boys (carl craig remix)

Gucci | Spring Summer 2013 Full Fashion Show | Menswear 

"Wall Street" by Battles

"Gucci" Spring Summer 2013 Milan Pret a Porter Woman

  1. Ra-Ako-St by Lindstrom
  2. Lamusetwa by Michael Mayer
  1. It Could Have Been Better by Joan Armatrading
  2. Walls - Rae Morris
  3. Numb by by Marina & The Diamonds
  4. To Build A Home by The Cinematic Orchestra

Forget by Lianne La Havas  (PERFORMED LIVE at the fashion show!) 

Alexander McQueen | Fall Winter 2012/2013 Full Fashion Show

music - unknown   (anyone know?   it's awesome!)

Alexander McQueen 2008 

music --- unknown mix... i guess he gets people to make exclusive mixes for his shows! 

CHANEL Fall-Winter 2012/13 Ready-to-Wear show

  1. 51 Ways To Leave Your Lover by Tristesse Contemporaine
  2. I Didn’t Know by Tristesse Contemporaine
  3. Amarant 2 by Scanner
quite an understatement to call this an 'over the top' show design 

And just for fun - a SAGE AND IVY fashion Show in 3D!


Here’s an article that features interviews with some of the fashion world’s top DJs.

And here’s a web page of a professional music service that apparently provides a lot of music mixes for various fashion shows.  You can click through to see the sort of variety of sounds they use for different fashion styles.

Here's another similar music service website with some sample mixes (multiple tracks in each file) 

Here's a blog by a Japanese DJ - Junzo Ogawa - who produced the Osaka fashion festival - among many other shows. 

and here's a blog entry by a creative director / show stylist on "how to pick music for your fashion show" 

NOTE:  The list of brands and designers, as well as many of the song titles, came from this wonderful article in VOGUE from August - however, in that article, none of the actual video was included - so you couldnt see how the music and the movement of the models interacted.  Also, the Vogue article is completely dependent on the reader having Spotify installed (not a bad program at all actually), and some songs played during the show were not listed in their article at all.  So I did a quite a bit of extra research (basically, surfing around through the comments in the videos) to "expand" the wonderful article Vogue published last August.  



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