Fashions: A Matter Of Class
In post-war years, young fashions were largely created by the children of the rich. Teddy Boys got their names from the New Edwardians. Punk was famously a fashion born of class conflict, but ended up becoming a commodity sold off in portions to high school kids who wished to appear rebellious. (One of the characters in ‘Glee’ has a toned-down mohawk to signify his ‘bad boy’ status, the joke being that he’s a nice middle-class Jewish kid).
Fashions are still born in the working class, though. I snapped this couple in Oxford Street yesterday, although the photo doesn’t do them full justice – both were dressed in Chav trackies, the boy in many, many sizes too big (the trousers must have been nearly a metre too long), more to make a statement than to be merely comfortable. I was wondering if it’s driven by eighties nostalgia, and then deliberately exaggerated. They were about 16 years old. I wonder if this is a coming look and whether it has a name.