Thursday, 1 September 2011

TEDDY BOY: The pics

"Love me!" Teddy Boy

Photographed by Konstantinos Tryferos
Fashion Director & Stylist: Mikael Chalikias

Photos are part of the short movie "Teddy Boy" directed by Mario Ermitikos Spyroglou

Teddy Boy: Particular strain of British youth culture of the 1950s, adopting a look that combined Saville Row elegance with American-influenced street-hood style. In post-war Britain, Teddy Boys made it acceptable for the first time for young people to care intensely about what they looked like and to dress for show, instead of merely having work or school clothes and Sunday best. The trend arose as income increased after the war. Teddy Boy clothing included drape jackets, usually in dark shades, sometimes with a velvet trim collar and pocket flaps, and high-waist "drainpipe" trousers, often exposing the socks. The outfit also included a high-necked loose-collared white shirt, a narrow "Slim Jim" tie or western "Maverick" tie, and a brocade waistcoat. The clothes were mostly tailor--made at great expense, and paid for through weekly installments. Favoured footwear included highly polished Oxofrds, chunky brogues, and crepe-soled shoes, often suede (known as brothel creepers). Preferred hairstyles included long, strongly-moulded greased-up hair with a quiff at the front and the side combed back to form a duck's arse at the rear. Another style was the "Boston", in which the hair was greased straight back and cut square across at the nape. The Teddyboy, or Ted, listened to rock 'n' roll music, smoked cigarettes, and generally posed as a tough – bad and violent. There are still a few Teddyboys around

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