Teddy Boy style

The Teddy boys of the 1950s. ‘Teddy’ because their style of dress reflected the fashions of the Edwardian era. They constituted the first and most sartorially conscious of the youth cultures that emerged in Britain after the Second World War. They pre-dated mods and rockers and hippies. They pre-dated rock’n’roll, but latched on to it as the music of rebellion and youth.

Once I had discovered rock’n’roll it was only a matter of time before I came across pictorial evidence of the young men and women who had jived to the music when I was still too young to go to school. In grainy monochrome they looked cool and cocky. And I maintain that there is no way to be better dressed than in a drape jacket, drainpipes, winklepickers and a bootlace tie.

The photographs? A bunch of lads; John Lennon in Hamburg; Ringo, often referred to as the coolest Beatle, in the film That’ll Be The Day; Tony Curtis, film star, who gave his name to the hairstyle known as the Tony Curtis, subsequently sported by Elvis Presley and millions more.

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.