Style Icons: Siouxsie Sioux
Born Susan Janet Ballion in 1957, Siouxsie Sioux is one of the first and biggest icons among the punk and later goth scene. Her influence is not only limited to the music world, in which her band Siouxsie and the Banshees left an acclaimed career for subsequent bands to look up to. Since her breakthrough during the mid 70’s, her character has become a true fashion and culture role model that still prevails generations later.
Siouxsie Sioux is a figure of woman empowerment. Her strong and determined personality was a crucial feature present in her live performance. Also, being the Banshees’ “frontwoman” was the first approach to a new way of conceiving the music industry in those years, where women could take matters into their own hands in the same level as men did. Her strong, low pitched voice was, and still is, unmistakable. The leading instrument in the Banshees’ records.
Siouxsie went against everything that was worshipped by the mainstream during the late 70’s and 80’s. As opposed to blond, tanned and smiling, approachable young woman, her figure was pale, heavily made-up with signature egyptian-like eyes, crowned by a black, wild mane and dressed first in deconstructed, punk-ish attire during the 70’s, and then more feminine but still eccentric during the 80’s
Along with other pust-punk icons like Robert Smith, Siouxsie established the beginning of what would be understood later by “goth”. This is: pale complexion, dark make-up that accentuates the eyes, black or dark hair, black or dark outfit.
Siouxsie’s personal style has evolved along with her music. We can see a “subdued” version of her signature eye make-up in the photo shoots promoting her first solo album Mantaray in2007, as well as a shift from the boxy silhouette typical from the 80’s to more current attire, without losing the key elements that make it so recognizable.