Rebel Threads: Clothing of the Bad, Beautiful & Misunderstood

Laurence King. 2017. 328p. illus. index. ISBN 9781786270948. $50. DEC ARTS
OrangeReviewStarFeaturing the vintage clothing of stylist and collector Burton and coinciding with an exhibition of his collection in London, this title looks at the fashions of youth movements and subcultures. Covering the 1930s to the punk movement of the 1970s, the book has an English slant while also featuring some U.S. examples. In 1940s Britain, a group called Spivs, who modeled themselves on Hollywood movie gangsters, donned double-breasted suits and were known for selling items on the black market. Another British group, the Teddy Boys, were working-class youths from London in the 1950s who loved rock music and appropriated the Edwardian look of long frock coats, drainpipe trousers, and Maverick ties. Both the mod and dandy looks originated in England, with the Rolling Stones sporting the latter in the mid-1960s.
VERDICT Striking color images of clothing as well as vintage film stills and street photography complement this intriguing read, perfect for those interested in alternative fashion and subcultures.

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