This year the 90s and early 00s might be big, but sometimes it takes a jump a little further in time in order to tap into even greater style. We’re talking 1950s, but a side of the decade where the sparkle was homemade and Hollywood was a far away reality. Basically, a side of the 50s style that is rarely lust over nowadays, but which also encloses young, creative style like few other subcultures.
In these shots by Ken Russell, from a collection properly named Teddy Girls And Boys, this lesser-known subculture is brought back to life like a breath of fresh air in nowadays’ occasional lack of originality. The photos are in black and white, but the depth of each one is impossible to dismiss.
The Teddy girls and boys get their name from their fashion choices going all the way back to the dandy Edwardian era, in dazzling results that are said to symbolize the first British subculture.
Ken Russell’s work will be exhibited at The North Wall Arts Centre in Oxford next year. Until then, enjoy this sneak peek.