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{{Aesthetic|decade_of_origin = mid-1970s|image1 = |creator/s = exact unknown|key_motifs = swastika, eagle, skull, double S, runic letters|key_colours = black, red, white|key_values = fascism, eugenics, white nationalism, Nazism|related_aesthetics = military styles}}'''<nowiki>''</nowiki>Please note that this page exists for the purposes of documentation, not promotion. Due to the role the Nazi Party played in history and the subsequent sensitive and offensive nature of this aesthetic, it is not recommended that you adopt it for yourself. Aesthetics Wiki does not endorse Nazi ideology - but it is important to acknowledge its impact on modern culture.<nowiki>''</nowiki>'''
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{{Aesthetic|decade_of_origin = mid-1970s|image1 =Lady_gaga_nazi.jpg |creator/s = exact unknown|key_motifs = swastika, eagle, skull, double S, runic letters|key_colours = black, red, white|key_values = Shock value, rebelliouesness|related_aesthetics = [[Fashwave]]<br>[[Military]]}}''<nowiki>''</nowiki>Please note that this page exists for the purposes of documentation, not promotion. Due to the role the Nazi Party played in history and the subsequent sensitive and offensive nature of this aesthetic, it is not recommended that you adopt it for yourself. Aesthetics Wiki does not endorse Nazi ideology - but it is important to acknowledge its impact on modern culture.<nowiki>''</nowiki>''
   
Nazi chic is the use of Nazi-era style, imagery, and paraphernalia in clothing and popular culture, especially when used for taboo-breaking or shock value rather than out of genuine sympathies with Nazism or Nazi ideology.
 
   
Its use began in the mid-1970s with the emergence of the punk movement in London: the Sex Pistols' first television appearance occurred with a person of their entourage wearing a swastika. Nazi chic was later used in the fashion industry.
 
   
 
'''Nazi Chic''' is an aesthetic centered around the use of Nazi-era style, imagery, and paraphernalia in clothing and popular culture, especially when used for taboo-breaking or shock value rather than out of genuine sympathies with Nazism or Nazi ideology, although it can be used as a tool to critique elements of contemporary society by drawing allusions to the Nazi Party and their laundry list of evils they committed.
== Usage of Nazi Chic ==
 
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It should be noted that, more often than not and contrary to popular belief, a Nazi Chic aesthetic is usually invoked when trying to symbolize a fascist, authoritarian ideology and is generally a criticism of said aesthetics. Lady Gaga here has utilized Nazi chic aesthetics in her music videos before (most famously for her music video for "Alejandro") as a criticism of their restrictions on freedom of self-expression. Other noteworthy example invocations of Nazi Chic include The Empire in Star Wars (or, more recently, the First Order in the recent trilogy of films, which is a bit more on-the-nose with its Nazi imagery).
 
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A popular use of the Nazi Chic aesthetic occured in the mid-1970s with the emergence of the [[Punk]] movement in London: the Sex Pistols' first television appearance occurred with a person of their entourage wearing a swastika. This was, however, done as an attempt to shock and offend the status quo rather than showing any sympathies towards the Nazi party as the Punk subculture had a strongly left-wing bent to their ideology with many adherents adopting more of an anarchist philosophy (which makes the claims of "Conservatism being the new Punk Rock" entirely laughable, considering Punk always had left-wing ties).
[[File:Lady Gaga - Alejandro|left|thumb|330x330px|An example of utilizing the Nazi Chic aesthetic to criticize. ]]
 
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== Visual ==
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In the Nazi Chic aesthetic, a lot of Nazi symbolism and iconography is implemented, but unlike with an aesthetic like [[Fashwave]] (which is genuinely designed to promote Nazism and fascism), no actual adherents to the Nazi Chic aesthetic are actually trying to promote Nazism or have sympathies towards white nationalism and white supremacy. This would later come to inspire the Troma film ''Surf Nazis Must Die'', a humorous little film about ACTUAL Surf Nazis (portrayed as the villains, of course).
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One of the first known examples of this Nazi Chic aesthetic at play is actually 1950s and 1960s with the "Surf Nazis", who would often paint Swastikas on their car and wear Nazi stormtrooper helmets because, at the time, nobody thought a decent-sized chunk of people would genuinely start to buy into Nazi philosophy again. Nazi iconography was also utilized in a string of Nazi-sploitation films in the Grindhouse Cinema circuit in the 60's and 70's, most well known of them being ''Ilsa: She-Wolf of the SS''.
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However, that isn't to say that Nazi Chic aesthetics can't be used to make a deeper, more meaningful commentary on the oppressiveness of some elements of society these days, as they will often evoke Nazi imagery in works of art (like Lady Gaga's "Alejandro" or Marilyn Manson's "The Fight Song") in an attempt to not only shock people (as is typically the case with this aesthetic) but also to critique these elements by, quite literally, comparing them to Nazis.
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== Fashion ==
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Nazi Chic fashion often borrows heavy elements from Nazi fashion (thanks in part to individuals like Hugo Boss and Coco Chanel and their ties to the Nazi Party) of the day and make nods to the many "accomplishments" of the Nazi Party during their run in the 30's and 40's, but it's surprisingly become popular in Asian countries, especially in Japan and Hong Kong (which, given the fact Japan were allies of the Nazis in World War II, it's not too surprising they might still show sympathies to them in the modern era). Often times, though, the Nazi Chic aesthetic is merely used in [[Cosplay]] to invoke the look of a particular character who might be a stand-in for the evils of fascism in a particular work (this is more commonly done in the realm of anime and manga due to the full scope of what the Nazis did not really being taught in Japanese high schools, along with some of the more evil elements of Japan's actions during the same time like The Nanking Massacre).
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File:Lady Gaga - Alejandro|An example of the Nazi Chic aesthetic being invoked to criticize, as opposed to shock and offend.
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Revision as of 18:46, 22 August 2020

''Please note that this page exists for the purposes of documentation, not promotion. Due to the role the Nazi Party played in history and the subsequent sensitive and offensive nature of this aesthetic, it is not recommended that you adopt it for yourself. Aesthetics Wiki does not endorse Nazi ideology - but it is important to acknowledge its impact on modern culture.''


Nazi Chic is an aesthetic centered around the use of Nazi-era style, imagery, and paraphernalia in clothing and popular culture, especially when used for taboo-breaking or shock value rather than out of genuine sympathies with Nazism or Nazi ideology, although it can be used as a tool to critique elements of contemporary society by drawing allusions to the Nazi Party and their laundry list of evils they committed.

A popular use of the Nazi Chic aesthetic occured in the mid-1970s with the emergence of the Punk movement in London: the Sex Pistols' first television appearance occurred with a person of their entourage wearing a swastika. This was, however, done as an attempt to shock and offend the status quo rather than showing any sympathies towards the Nazi party as the Punk subculture had a strongly left-wing bent to their ideology with many adherents adopting more of an anarchist philosophy (which makes the claims of "Conservatism being the new Punk Rock" entirely laughable, considering Punk always had left-wing ties).

Visual

In the Nazi Chic aesthetic, a lot of Nazi symbolism and iconography is implemented, but unlike with an aesthetic like Fashwave (which is genuinely designed to promote Nazism and fascism), no actual adherents to the Nazi Chic aesthetic are actually trying to promote Nazism or have sympathies towards white nationalism and white supremacy. This would later come to inspire the Troma film Surf Nazis Must Die, a humorous little film about ACTUAL Surf Nazis (portrayed as the villains, of course).

One of the first known examples of this Nazi Chic aesthetic at play is actually 1950s and 1960s with the "Surf Nazis", who would often paint Swastikas on their car and wear Nazi stormtrooper helmets because, at the time, nobody thought a decent-sized chunk of people would genuinely start to buy into Nazi philosophy again. Nazi iconography was also utilized in a string of Nazi-sploitation films in the Grindhouse Cinema circuit in the 60's and 70's, most well known of them being Ilsa: She-Wolf of the SS.

However, that isn't to say that Nazi Chic aesthetics can't be used to make a deeper, more meaningful commentary on the oppressiveness of some elements of society these days, as they will often evoke Nazi imagery in works of art (like Lady Gaga's "Alejandro" or Marilyn Manson's "The Fight Song") in an attempt to not only shock people (as is typically the case with this aesthetic) but also to critique these elements by, quite literally, comparing them to Nazis.

Fashion

Nazi Chic fashion often borrows heavy elements from Nazi fashion (thanks in part to individuals like Hugo Boss and Coco Chanel and their ties to the Nazi Party) of the day and make nods to the many "accomplishments" of the Nazi Party during their run in the 30's and 40's, but it's surprisingly become popular in Asian countries, especially in Japan and Hong Kong (which, given the fact Japan were allies of the Nazis in World War II, it's not too surprising they might still show sympathies to them in the modern era). Often times, though, the Nazi Chic aesthetic is merely used in Cosplay to invoke the look of a particular character who might be a stand-in for the evils of fascism in a particular work (this is more commonly done in the realm of anime and manga due to the full scope of what the Nazis did not really being taught in Japanese high schools, along with some of the more evil elements of Japan's actions during the same time like The Nanking Massacre).

Gallery