Tough Threads: Taking Tips from Teddy Girls


A scan from a 2006 issue of BUST Magazine via À L’allure Garçonnière.

Forever haunted by those striking vintage photographs of Teddy Girls by Ken Russell in 1950′s London, we went out in search of modern editorials inspired by Russell’s iconic images. What Russell documented at the time was one of the first youth culture movements, Teddy Girls were working class teens, fashioning themselves after the popular styles of the Edwardian era with Gibson Girl hair and rolled-up jeans borrowed from the boys, a staunch rejection of the status quo at the time. These original bad girls (and boys) sprouted subcultures like rockabilly and punk rock, two attitudes and stylings that continue to inspire us today.


A scan from a 2006 issue of BUST Magazine via À L’allure Garçonnière.


“Rock This Town” by Thierry Le Gouès for French Revue De Modes Fall 2010 via Fashion Gone Rogue.


“Rock This Town” by Thierry Le Gouès for French Revue De Modes Fall 2010 via Fashion Gone Rogue.


Colenimo’s Fall 2009 lookbook lookbook.


Colenimo’s Fall 2009 lookbook lookbook.


Colenimo’s Fall 2009 lookbook lookbook.


Colenimo’s Fall 2009 lookbook lookbook.


Scan from Oyster Magazine Issue 85 via The Fashion Spot.


Scan from Oyster Magazine Issue 85 via The Fashion Spot.

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About Erin

Erin is our resident California girl with a love for everything vintage. She’s the creative force behind Calivintage.com and she’s joined the ModCloth blog team to share her passion for vintage-inspired style, cycling adventures, and silly hats!

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5 Responses to Tough Threads: Taking Tips from Teddy Girls

  1. Lauren 02/21/2013 at 12:48 pm #

    What a bold style! Even though I tend towards the feminine, I do find myself stealing some of my husband’s classic pieces, like this houndstooth scarf- https://www.etsy.com/listing/116254468/mens-houndstooth-scarf-black-and-white

  2. kerbey 02/21/2013 at 1:57 pm #

    I had never even heard this term before. Ducktails on broads, a girl that looks like Marilyn, and another like Joaquin Phoenix. How can you go wrong?

  3. www.recollectionvintage.com 02/21/2013 at 7:30 pm #

    eeks! love this! now must scour the internet for more teddy girls. i hope things dont get murky.

  4. Blythe 02/23/2013 at 2:04 pm #

    I have a mighty need to dress like this. (Which is hilarious, because I just bought a ton of super feminine clothes.)

  5. Isabelle Kasu 02/23/2013 at 6:40 pm #

    Black and white photography always looks stunning.

    http://www.idealmagazine.co.uk/

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