MAGPIE STYLE

Style-cult clash and curation It has been called magpie style, for its readiness to borrow and radically combine looks from a host of twentieth- and twenty- first-century style tribes and trends. It has also been called ‘pick and mix’, while …

CYCLING

Two wheels good When cycling became a popular pastime in the late nineteenth century it defined its own style: plus-fours prevented trousers getting caught up in gearing, while bloomers for women saved any possibility of immodesty (despite ankle-length skirts). Indeed, …

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY Capturing the way real people dress It was not until the post-World War II decades that photographers – aided by new fast, affordable and lightweight point-and-shoot cameras – began documenting fashion as it was found on the street, …

REPRODUCTION

REPRODUCTION Reinventing the 1950s The reproduction of vintage clothing was, until the 1980s, largely the preserve of the cinema and theatre industries, which required it for costume dramas and other productions. Extensive research would lead to the creation of historically …

GANGURO

GANGURO Make-up into rebellion The name ganguro translates literally as ‘black face’. And it was no coincidence that the Japanese subculture’s most famed exponent, Buriteri, nicknamed after a particularly dark soy sauce, was also a model for a Tokyo tanning …