Teddy Girls Get Their Due

Earlier this week, director Ken Russell passed away. Russell is best known for the landmark films “Women in Love,” “Altered States” and The Who’s epic “Tommy,” but before he became an auteur, he was a lowly photography student at Southwest Essex Polytechnic and School of Art. There. he met a friend who was into Teddy Boy subculture, a vibrant youth culture made up mostly of young working class kids in London who sported neo-Edwardian fashion. The subculture was most widely represented through its male members. but there was a small group of “Teddy Girls,” and thanks to Russell, their look and lifestyle was documented as well. [Boing Boing]