Teddy Girls

London: Happy Dancer, 2020.
ISBN: 9781838211318
Condition: As New
First Edition
32 pp, 21 plates

Teddy Girls brings together, for the first time in one publication, images taken by the influential British director Ken Russell (Women in Love, 1969, The Boyfriend and The Devils both 1971) on this scarcely documented subculture. Taken around London in January 1955 and published in the Picture Post on June 4th that year, these photographs are a testament to the supremely stylish young women depicted. The style of the Teddy Girls, like that of the Teddy Boys, grew out of a trend for Edwardian influenced fashion in post-World War II London. However, these women should be seen as more than a feminine facsimile of their male counterparts and Russell’s images document the ingenuity and complexity of their sartorial choices. As well as recording the style of the Teddy Girls, these images also provide a snapshot of London in 1955, a city in flux, still rebuilding itself after the damage inflicted by war. An essay by the fashion historian, Mairi MacKenzie, considers the cultural history and context within which these women lived and the photos were taken. Item #20394

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Teddy Girls. Mairi MacKenzie Ken Russell, text.
Teddy Girls. Mairi MacKenzie Ken Russell, text.