Surfers Soulies Skinheads and Skaters: Subcultural Style from the Forties to the Nineties

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Collected here is an audacious panorama of street style--clothes worn by real people--from beatnik to hippie to cyberpunk, and its influence on high fashion. All the hottest trends start on the street and are then cleaned up for the mass market. Surfers, Soulies, Skinheads and Skaters goes back to the source, charting the cycle of street style of the decades. Photos.
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Overview

Collected here is an audacious panorama of street style--clothes worn by real people--from beatnik to hippie to cyberpunk, and its influence on high fashion. All the hottest trends start on the street and are then cleaned up for the mass market. Surfers, Soulies, Skinheads and Skaters goes back to the source, charting the cycle of street style of the decades. Photos.
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This colorful exhibition catalog was produced to accompany a controversial streetstyle exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1994 and was written by that museum's curators of textiles and dress. The exhibit and this book attempt to codify British subcultural dress by dividing it into 50 categories spanning 50 years since World War II. Careful attention is given to the provenance of each garment and to overall look. Readers will be interested to see how styles that mainstream designers have adapted originated as statements of youthful rebellion. Unfortunately, the details are sometimes lost in the often small or dimly lit photographs, and British terminology may be confusing. Still, the text and captions are well written and amply detailed, and the book can be recommended as a fine example of creative design: layouts and type fonts were selected to typify and evoke each subculture. Overall, as a document of costume history and popular culture, this title belongs in every serious decorative arts collection.-Therese Duzinkiewicz Baker, Western Kentucky Univ. Libs., Bowling Green
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The look of this volume is as eye-poppingly witty as the clothes that inspired it. Photographer Danny McGrath and book designer johnson banks. deserve as much credit as the authors in the bold, dynamic use of typefaces and other graphic elements to illustrate postwar fashion trends, from zoot suit to techno, mod to rave. De la Haye and Dingwall, curators of textiles and dress at London's Victoria and Albert Museum, propose the theory that fashion today originates not in the couture houses but on the streets, where ever-resourceful youths try to differentiate themselves from the adult masses, and their inventions then percolate up into the highest levels of fashion. Colorful and witty; only the authors' dry though informative text lacks style.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780879516895
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/28/1996
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.26 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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