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Streetstyle: From Sidewalk to Catwalk [Paperback]

Ted Polhemus
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10 Oct 1994
This is an up-beat look at street fashion from 1940 to today, celebrating some 40 different styletribes, which will accompany a major exhibition on Streetstyle at the Victoria and Albert Museum in November 1994. We see how the styletribes interweave and evolve - the American Modernists of the early 1950s living on in the English Mods of the early 1960s, who became the Hard Mods, then the Skinheads, then the Ois!; while the 1950s Folkies became first the 1970s Hippies and then the New Age Travellers of the 1980s and 1990s. But for today's fashion-conscious young people, this is not all ancient history: Streetstyle offers the 1990s fashion world a supermarket of styles from which to pick and mix. Anyone is free to be part Beatnik, part Raver, or part Punk, part Grunge; Goths one day and Indie Kids the next. More than 200 illustrations, including 100 in colour, document the styles and their wearers - on the street, but also on the high-fashion catwalk, to which streetstyle has made an enormous, if perhaps unwilling, contribution. Ted Polhemus's many books include "Fashion and Anti Fashion", "Popstyles", "Social Aspects of the Human Body", "Bodystyles" and "Rituals of Love". He is the external curator of the Streetstyle exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd (10 Oct 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 050027794X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500277942
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 22.2 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars nice 22 July 2013
By oona j
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Since this book was almost free, I don't mind its slight moldy smell. I love how it describes and explains each style genre. Small minus from that annoying, typical for English, rambling writing style! :--))
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4.0 out of 5 stars book review 4 Jan 2013
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some excellent photographsn of the various stereo types.An amazing step through the constant changes in fashion. i loved seeing how clothing styles go in a loop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE book on the other side of style.... 30 Dec 2013
By Brian M. Shea - Published on Amazon.com
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I really love this book and decided to purchase it again. I bought it years ago when it first came out(when the indie kid/grunge section was current). I left it at work once and it got snatched, and I've thought about getting another copy for years. Ted Polhemus does a great job of cataloging subcultures and their style choices, and how those choices reflect the philosophy or activity of that subculture. He goes all the way back to the 40's starting with Zooties and ending in the early 90's with Indie Kids, Grunge, Cuties, and Riot Grrrls, and so many groups in between, and how many of the different subcultures blended and also how the range of fashions are used as a sort of 'buffet' of disparate styles used to combine into a unique look by some. I agree with another reviewer that there should be an updated volume, but the problem with that might be, as laid out in the book, other than Emo, Hipsters(the new ones), and perhaps Nu Metal, there hasn't really been any distinct subcultures with any distinct styles since then. All throughout the book is the idea of how the street styles of the subcultures influences the world of high fashion, and therefore, mainstream fashion. I get a strong sense that most of this book is based out of the UK, and I also get a sense that in the UK they take their subcultures very seriously(and that it is full of many of them!), not something I really feel is so much of a situation in the States. There is also a slight difference in terms as well. For instance the group called 'Technos' would not be called that here in the States(we don't have any group called 'Technos'), they would be referred to as 'Rivetheads' or simpy 'Industrial'. And perhaps there are some groups that he missed. All in all this is a really great book on both fashion and culture and I highly recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars nice! 29 Oct 2013
By rita avellar - Published on Amazon.com
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One of my favorite fashion book ever, for those who love fashion and fashion history, I definitely recommend it! ;)
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book. Focus more on style tribe lifestyle than style 18 July 2011
By Kennesha - Published on Amazon.com
This is a good book breaks down each style tribe and their lifestyle of choice. My only complaint, I wish this book break down (on both genders) where are their signature fashion pieces, hairstyles, make up, accessories, and shoes that they wear like, "The Looks Book [Paperback], Esther Drill (Author), Heather McDonald (Author), Rebecca Odes (Author)" demonstrates it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Street style: from Sidewalk to Catwalk 19 July 2010
By Principessa - Published on Amazon.com
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Anyone who truly loves fashion, and is interested in the history, heritage and inspiration of it, has to read Ted Polhemus' books. He gives a down-to-earth, knowledgable insight into trends.
5.0 out of 5 stars Street Fashion Bible 19 April 2010
By Avril Skye - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a fashion merchandising student and was so glad to find a copy of this book. It is extremely well written and legitimately documented to the extent that my best professors use it as a teaching source. It has become my bible for understanding and referencing the history of alternative fashions and for tracing how they become mainstream. I hope that the author will update it to an edition that includes street fashions from the late nineties up until now. However, it's interesting to note that the alternative styles from the early 90's highlighted in the book have become the mainstream styles of today. This book will never lose its relevancy.
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