1. For What We Wore, Nina Manandhar has gone through and collected photos from the personal photo albums of members of the British public to create a “photographic documentary of British street culture and subculture from 1950 to 2010.”
The result is a lovely (and sometimes cringey) walk down memory lane which beautifully explores the relationship between British style and personal identity.
2. As Ted Polhemus writes in the book’s introduction:
“Britain has – decade upon decade, subculture after subculture – produced mindboggling, gobsmacking street style. And we’re talking proper subcultures, lifestyle choices, rather than some Saturday-night- only, for-a-joke fancy dress. What people in other countries might just about wear for Halloween, people in Britain flaunt 24/7.”