A new deluxe edition of Streetstyle – Ted Polhemus’s book documenting how fashion has shaped music over the years – is out now, accompanied by an exhibition. Here’s one of the photos from the book, depicting hip-hop act Run DMC hanging out in Queens, New York, 1985.
An exhibition of photos from the book takes place at the PYMCA gallery at London’s The Book Club, from now until the end of October. This photo shows acid house fashion at its height: a sweaty raver in ‘Aciiiid’ T-shirt dances at the now-defunct Astoria, London, in 1988.
First published in 1994, Streetstyle has now been translated into three languages and sold over 30,000 copies. This picture captures the rockabilly look: Boz of The Polecats warms up backstage at the Marquee, London, 14 April 1981.
A heavy metal fan photographed in Kensington Market, early 1980s.
Psychedelic iconography from the ’60s, as featured in Streetstyle.
The new, updated edition of the book includes more recent music/fashion trends such as new-rave.
Teddy boys of The Edwardian Drape Society (T.E.D.S.), Clapham, London 1993
Cyberpunks in London. The term cyberpunk was originally coined by Bruce Bethke as the title of his short story, published in 1983. Popular with clubbers and rock fans alike, the technology-obsessed scene flourished in the late ’80s and into the ’90s, though was rather spoiled when Billy Idol released a crap album called ‘Cyberpunk’ in 1993.
Modern-day goths. Long the preserve of outsiders, goth culture has been embraced by hipsters in the 21st Century, as typified by The Horrors. Today, gloom-laden acts such as Zola Jesus are carrying the goth torch.
A pair of New Romantics, photographed in London, 1982.
Vintage revival – two women in 50’s-style dresses, Viva Las Vegas Festival, Las Vegas, 2006.
Emo culture has come a long way from its roots in the mid-80s hardcore punk scene. Post-My Chemical Romance, it went mainstream, with stores such as Top Man stocking emo-influenced ranges. Hence the advent of the so-called “ch-emo” – a cross between a chav and an emo.
Punks in the early 1980s. How quickly this look – mohican, leather jacket, badges – was co-opted by the mainstream. No longer threatening, it soon became the stuff of cuddly postcards aimed at tourists.
More 80s rockabillies, this time on the King’s Road, London.
Classic hipster fashion.
’60s hippy fashion. This bloke would no doubt be astonished to learn that the likes of MGMT would still be dressing like this, forty years in the future.
Republished via PYMCA – the cult classic Streetstyle by Ted Polhemus.