Friday, March 15, 2013

Femme-spiration Friday: Teddy Girls

I remember seeing this photo by Ken Russell of a Teddy Girl a long time ago and being struck by her brassy stare and confidence- not to mention her shrunken blazer, well placed brooch, and her of halo pinned back curly hair. The Teddy Girl movement, which stemmed from working class circles of young men and women in 1950s London, eschewed post-war austerity (as well as normative gender conventions of the period), and took as fashion inspiration the styles of the Edwardians.

These photos, which have circulated widely throughout the blogosphere, are not only a gorgeous series that feel like an amazing editorial spread, but a great study in proportions and femme-ing androgyny.

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