Book Review: Style Tribes

Style Tribes book review

Sure, you've heard of flappers and greasers, but how about Teddy boys and sapeurs? In her new book, Style Tribes: The Fashion of Subcultures, Caroline Young presents an exploration of 30 iconic styles existing in various parts the world over the last 100 years - some of which you may be familiar, and some you may never have heard of.

Serving as a fashion encyclopedia of sorts, the book examines the history of each style, complete with vibrant photos from the time period when the style was most popular. Young's background as a journalist benefits her readers, as she presents the cultural implications of each style in a succinct, easy-to-understand manner.

Young explores the stories behind how each style and subculture emerged and was absorbed into the mainstream, eventually influencing the fashion industry. 

And for those wondering - Teddy boys were British youths in the 1950s who incorporated Edwardian dress into their style, which later influenced the punk movement, and the sapeur movement sprung out of the Congo relatively recently, defined by sporting a gentlemanly code to one's style despite living in impoverished circumstances.

Style Tribes is available on Amazon.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016