Teddy Girls
Photo credit – Ken Russel (http://dangerousminds.net/comments/the_last_of_the_teddy_girls_ken_russells)

Ken Russell’s iconic photographs of a lost girl gang subculture from 1950s London, bring back to life a group of teenage girls, in post war Britain. As his pictures re-emerged recently, the story of these lost girls’ independence has been brought back to life. With increasing pressure on women to leave the workforce and to revert back to the more traditional roles they occupied before the war, the girls embodied the idea of strong, independent women.They adopted the dress sense of the Teddy boys, a dominant, male teenage sub culture that existed in the 50s; and by wearing drape jackets and pencil skirts, rolled up jeans and elegant clutches they associated themselves with the freedom and independence the boys enjoyed. While these girls would have maintained a domestic life, and would have played the traditional role of a women to a certain degree, we see in them yet another group of women, refusing to be limited by social norms, and draw inspiration from it. Let us not forget the Teddy girls, it is too easy for history to forget subcultures like them, too easy to forget these lost spirits, and the small but significant waves they made and continue to make for women everywhere.

Teddy Girls
Photo credit – Ken Russel (http://dangerousminds.net/comments/the_last_of_the_teddy_girls_ken_russells)
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