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In Pics: Teddy Boys

How a style inspired by the foppish fashions of Edwardian dandies hailed the age of rock and roll and defined a British subculture

THE DAWN OF THE TEENAGER TEDDY BOYS

A REVIVED STYLE A lone Teddy Boy hangs around outside a cinema showing Rock Around The Clock. Boys in long Edwardian jackets and sleek haircuts were a familiar sight in fifties Britain.
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AT A GLANCE

The Teddy Boys (and Girls) was a British youth subculture that was popular during the early 1950s, defined by defiance and rebellion.

The name springs from their love of wearing Edwardian attire. When rock and roll arrived from the US, the two worlds collided.

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