It was cool, man, cool!
They were the years of pony tails, drape jackets and coffee bars. The teenage rebellion swept the Western world. Things would never be quite the same again. Join us on a trip back to the styles and the changes of 50 years ago...
So you’ve put on the drape jacket, smoothed down the velvet collar, adjusted the quiffed and DA'd (duck's arsed!) hair style and set off to the local dance hall. Saturday night was for dancing - and for fighting. Any self respecting Teddy Boy would have his 14ins drainpipes on - luminous green socks and, of course, the infamous "brothel creepers."
The style, conjured up by Savile Row tailors for the rich Hooray Henrys of the day, swept the country, rapidly becoming associated with violence and delinquent behaviour.
Teddy Girls favoured waspie belts which hugged the waist, very tight sweaters and kneelength skirts. Pony tails were popular. Jeans and sneakers were popular in the States - and soon became so here, too.
Besides the DA hairstyle which would be swamped in Brylcreem Ted's would also sport the Elephant's Trunk, a massive quiff. The Tony Curtis was another style of the times - named after the film star's haircut.
Duffel coats Slim Jim ties
National Service Crew cuts
Beetle crushers "Teenage spots"
Striped toothpaste Espresso coffee
The 2 Is Coffee Bar 78s, 45s and LPs
The Goon Show Six Five Special
Written by The Editor - 13/05/2001 16:37:29
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