The Club Kids were an eccentric and spunky group of party-goers/socialites in New York City in the late 80s and early 90s. They were well-known for the shock value they embodied in the way they dressed themselves: bright colors, eye-popping designs and can’t-turn-your-head-away-from-it styles. The Club Kids were a breath of fresh air on the New York club scene.
In 2003, Party Monster, a movie chronicling the rise and fall of Michael Alig, one of the original Club Kids, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, the factually-based drama starred Macaulay Culkin as the drug-addled “king of the Club Kids” who went to prison for murdering and dismembering fellow Club Kid Angel Melendez.
It seems that prior to her meteoric rise to fame, the germ had been studying the Club Kids (perhaps watched Party Monster multiple times) because a lot of her “eccentric” clothes seemed to have been directly lifted from the Club Kids. The germ may have also been inspired to call her fans “Little Monsters” based on the title of the aforementioned cult movie.