Fashion Freakouts at Ultra Music Festival 2011

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Notice the fanny pack? This lovely lady was inquiring as to where the press entrance was located.
Recently, an old friend uncovered a photo from our "rave" days. She was sort of horrified by the goggles, gigantic pant legs, and the teeny tiny shirt she's wearing in the picture. The thing is, that shit was cool then, right? Right??? Right.

For years it seemed like no one dressed as ridiculously as we did in the '90s. But apparently, we were just old and out of the loop. The legions of little ravers at the Ultra Music Festival weren't thinking of how they'll feel looking back. These little drug-addled weirdos are a group of dance fanatics, united by thread or yarn or furry Shetland pony leg warmers.

We've gathered a few of our favorite fashion sightings from the three day ecstasy... um... electronic music fest. The girl wearing the graffiti "I'm in Ultra Bitch" shirt and the guy in the baseball cap made of glow sticks didn't make the cut. But these colorful folks in their "intriguing" ensembles did.

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​This psychedelic mama has been wearing this ensemble since 1995, which is kind of neat if you just look at it and don't think about it. Tie dye is classic. Clogs are comfy and Dutch timeless. It's really only that large pocket in the front of the skirt that gives her 15-year-old look away. That is an OG rave skirt.

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​The Shetland pony look was the big thing at Ultra this year. Not sure where you can purchase these, but they come in every color of the rainbow. You know, to match perfectly with your tutu and thong. Another essential: Backpacks ... 'Cause they're great for storing things you don't want to lose, like drugs and your youth.

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This buff babe took the concept of furry calves to the next level and covered every inch of her legs with Care Bear flesh. In the 85-degree heat, these pants are nothing but yeast-makers. She looks lovely, though, with the ribbons in her hair. And the high tops add a hip edge to the beast look.

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This tattoo's gotta be ten years old. It's definitely a '90s original. Bet there's even a fairy in there or magically colored mushrooms. The beaded bracelets are so DIY, and thus, of the moment. It's nice how the color of her garb complements her tat.

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Yarn's really big on the hair scene. At first, it looked like this was her hair and her hair is just rough and puffy. But no, it's yarn.

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These are good girls. While all the other sluts were prancing around in thongs and fishnets, these little ladies politely put suggestive stars on nude body suits. Look naked. But don't be naked. So smart, so classy.

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​The peace sign was IN at Ultra. Everyone was flashing it at the camera. This guy has a look that's a little all over the place. He's got the Miss Lady Kier glasses and the belly dancer skirt. Kooky but fun.

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​Animal backpacks were everywhere. That and animal hats and stuff. Suppose it adds a touch of childhood to the face-slap that is the rest of her outfit. There's just so much look here. Tim Gunn would not approve.

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Nothing to say here. It's a pink gorilla.

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​This kid was just the cutest find of the festival. Look at the little suspenders. They say, I'm topless, but sensible. The star pin and fishnet sleeves sing "Liza," while the scarf screams "old French lady."

Summary: Looking good is important at a sweaty, dusty, foul engagement like Ultra. And all these people said something with their outfits. They said, "I am out of touch with contemporary couture." Subcultures are more interesting than the mainstream, this one just happens to be a bit more colorful than the rest. Rave on, sweet ravers. Rave on.

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hmmmmmm
hmmmmmm

But no pictures of the thong-wearing topless sluts? :(

inthenameofmusic
inthenameofmusic

You know, the summer parties start soon in Europe - Ibiza, Mykonos, Barcelona. Thanks for the great tips on what to wear!!

Freethinker
Freethinker

I am currently on exchange in Amsterdam where there is a real love for electronic music. This article is garbage just like most of these negative comments. These people are having fun and expressing themselves. Although not my style, I like the outfits above. I will see all of you close minded individuals at Sensation Innerspace where everyone wears white so they cannot be judged by people like Liz. Peace & Love from A'dam

Chaiko
Chaiko

so sensation white and black is for close minded individuals....hmm interesting. you know they do that symbolically to represent a group of people that love electronic music right? remember one of their earlier themes at sensation white: "DRESSES IN WHITE, TOGETHER WE UNITE". with all respect, you should know better. But i do believe that people can dress however they want, but at least have some reasoning in what you do...

Kym
Kym

"Yarn's really big on the hair scene. At first, it looked like this was her hair and her hair is just rough and puffy. But no, it's yarn. "?????YARN? kanekalon!research before "shit talking" next time.

JJ
JJ

u don understand satire huh?? maybe i'm too presumptuous to say you even understand a lil bit sarcasm

Kym
Kym

Oh, by the way, the way you dress, has NOTHING to do with drugs. You may like to take massive amounts of drugs &dress up because "omfg, i LOOVE your costume" as your photographer said to me....

Kym
Kym

Thank you new times, i will be calling my attorney... I was not on ANY sort of drugs, the animal backpack is NOT to show a sign of child hood, &you're a bunch of up tight a holes. Get over your idiotic selfs. Just because in YOUR rave days YOU did drugs, DOES NOT mean i do. SLANDEROUS ASSHOLES!

JJ
JJ

the best was the Robocop future Gwar like dude on stilts with the blowtorch

Ashcoliex
Ashcoliex

I saw a guy with a fox tail and boots with a chubaka on his back awesome !!

A is A
A is A

I'm sure those ensembles look GREAT... on E! You crack me up, another fun read thanks for the ride.

A is A
A is A

I'm sure those ensembles look GREAT... on E! You crack me up, another fun read thanks for the ride.

Arielle
Arielle

I saw multiple pairs of UFOs! Which I liked because it took me back - but- I wonder if the wearers had been hanging onto them since then, or what? Like the guy I saw with purple fake-fur pants decorated with Snoopy... That's some OG '90s candy kid style right there. Had to be saved from back then.

JJ
JJ

So funny. Laugh out loud satire . . .

nico.
nico.

DirkDans - I disagree! This article had me laughing out loud. She's not ripping on these people at all. In fact, I found the commentary to be level-headed and kind, considering the off-the-charts ensembles she was commenting on. Besides, if you go to Ultra, and especially if you go dressed to the nines, you are clearly comfortable enough with your own self-image to brush off a few haters. Perhaps you should take a lesson from that....Way to go, Liz!

anonanonanona
anonanonanona

EVERYONE LOOK AT ME! I"M ON DRUGS AND I LOOK LIKE A F$#%IN' IDIOT!Seriously?

DirkDans
DirkDans

What an awful display of journalism. The "I'm older now, so let me rip the event" is kind of sad and pathetic. And there were hundreds if not thousands better dressed than the ones you chose! Oh, and I enjoyed the music immensely and did no E? Back to school for you!

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