Born in the early 50’s, the subculture of Teddy Boys was composed of young englishmen, low-income, and lovers rock that could not afford the luxury of amusement guys, grouping them in cafes, pubs and nightclubs. To hide their humble origins have adopted the clothes inspired by the era edwardian the Savile Row street , the street is famous for being a center of fashion of the time, tried to re-introduce after the second world war. With its lapels velvety and pockets with a flap, the jackets of the Teddy Boys became a symbol of this tribe, but also had ties with fine lace, tights high waist, and the shoes style of suede with thick sole, known as “creepers”.
The hairstyle used for them is inspired in Elvis Presley, one of his idols, but with a quiff more fluffy and a detail dubbed “ass of duck” on the back. One of the most famous Teddy Boy was John Lennon which can be seen in some photos sporting the topetão characteristic and the clothes have already been mentioned.
The behaviour of the Teddy Boys, was often violent and, not infrequently, they fights in places frequented by them. Often called xenophobic, they came to engage in racial strife in 1958 in the United Kingdom. This type of behavior leads many to believe that they were the possible embryo of the punk movement, English, along with the Mods, their arch-enemies that have generated the skinheads. But not all young people who were in this group had this type of attitude, many only sought their own identity through fashion and music, something that has become common among teenagers in the following decades.
As well as the Rockabillys, Teddy Boys have not disappeared completely. After the peak of the phenomenon between the mid to late 50’s and early 60’s, the tribe still had a return between the decades of 70’s and 80’s, and possesses even today their fans. The image of the Teddy Boy is so strong in the English culture, or, in a ratio more comprehensive, european, in the luxurious designer Italian Bottega Veneta was inspired by the style of these young people to create a collection in 2010 (top and below), showing that the aesthetics of the group still has its appeal and charm.
The characteristic elements of the style Teddy Boy:
– Coats long embroidered and inspired in the era edwardian;
– The lapels velvety;
– Shirts smooth;
– Ties fine with a tie made at the height of the neck;
– Suede shoes with soles thick, also known as creepers;
– The hair quiff voluminous and “ass of duck” on the back, called “duck’s arse”;- Tights high waist;
– Colorful socks.
See the video with the fashion show Bottega Veneta Autumn 2010 and pay attention to the elements that appear after the 2:40 min.:
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