|MY ESSAY COVER|
The original Teddy Boy of the 1950s was typified by Edwardian styles reintroduced by Saville Row tailors after World War II. The Ted subculture rapidly spread across the UK. It soon became strongly associated with American Rock n Roll music that emerged during the period. It gave a voice and sound to the British Ted swing-dancing teens as well as heavily influencing their fashions. A youth culture boomed and shook the foundations of British and American society. Culture was undergoing revolution following the austerity of wartime.
|IMAGE OF A TEDDY BOY|
The look consisted of a long fingertip-kneelength drape jacket with velvet lapels and single breasted buttons down the front. this was accompanied by a stiff neck white collar underneath pushed up menacingly around the face. drainpipe trousers were turned up to expose brightly coloured socks which often signified a unity with a gang. brothel creeper shoes complete the look allowing them to perform the 'Creep' when listening to Rock n roll'. the DA hairstyle influenced by Elvis Presley, became the silhouette style of the teddy boy appearance.
|TED'S PREFORMING 'THE CREEP'|
ELIVS SINGING 'HOUND-DOG'
|BILL HAYLEY AND THE COMETS|
|ELVIS' INFAMOUS 'DA' HAIRSTYLE. (FROM ROCK FAHSIONS BY J. SIMS)|
The girls often chose to wear very similar outfits to the men, often wearing t-shirts underneath more tailored jackets and a scarf at the neck to unify yourself to your gang. The Teddy girls were some of the first women also to adopt jeans as casual wear for women.
|TWO TEDDY GIRLS. PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN (http://kawaiimon.tumblr.com/post/15071302034/eleanorworm-im-gunna-bring-teddy-girls-back)|
The trend was ground-breakingly shocking for its time and i'm so excited that its appeared on the catwalks for Winter 2011. It will not mean what it meant then to wear these fashions, but as a lover of the Teddy boys rebellious bravery, I can only relish in their beauty and admire the revolution it created for generations today!
BOTTEGA VENETA-FUTURE TEDDY BOYS (http://www.bottegaveneta.co.uk/default/stories)
|BOTTEGA VENETA BROTHEL CREEPER STYLE SHOES.|