Edwardians, or “Teddy Boys” as they became known, are an English youth subculture that created a distinctive style by wearing clothes inspired by the Edwardian period that the tailors of Savile Row attempted to reintroduce after world war two.
Teddy Girl series by Ken Russell, 1955 I have such outfit envy! I want all of it.
Cosh Boys in Notting Hill, London in 1954 wearing finger-tip length jackets of a style which immediately preceded Teddy Boy style. Note the chain attached to the belt loop, which was a direct influence from the Zoot Suit. Following on from the Spiv's and during the early 1950's some teenage gangs started to appear in the East End of London and they became known as Cosh Boys.
The 'Teddy Boy' was identified as the UK's first subcultural style after the war during the 50s. Their dress was Edwardian style inspired. They were seen in drainpipe trousers with a narrow bowtie and shoes with thick soles or winkle pickers.
The Teds, as they called themselves, wore long drape jackets, velvet collars, slim ties and began to pair the look with thick rubber-soled creeper shoes and the ‘greaser’ hairstyles of their American rock’n'roll idols.