Style & Stuff Editorial
The best-dressed people in the world
There’s a new book out – What We Wore: A People’s History of British Style – that backs up my assertion that the people of the UK are, and have long been, the best-dressed movers and groovers in the world.Without wanting to sound like a demented UKIP arsehole, have you seen the state of people who live in the rest of Europe? They cannot dress themselves. Mustard trousers are not at all uncommon, and uncalled for patches of leather besmirch all manner of, for want of a better word, blousons. Urgh! No, the British are by far the snappiest dressers around as this book makes clear. It’s filled with images culled from people’s personal photo albums and gives a visual timeline of UK fashion from the 1950s to the present. Encompassing the worlds of mods, punks, ravers, grime kids (ok – not everyone looked good), and everything in between, the snaps also document homes, city streets, shops, nightclubs and holidays. And as well as your common or garden mods, punks and ravers et al, the book also includes a smattering of celebs such as Tracey Emin, Jeremy Deller, Jazzie B, Don Letts and former PM John Major. (Legal note: not John Major.)
What We Wore: A People’s History of British Style is published by Prestel.