Nowadays, according to Ted Polhemus, cutting edge street-style is defined by individuality and pastiche. But when he first released his legendary photo book “Street Style” in 1994, there was a much stronger emphasis on displaying markers of one’s subculture, urban tribes had uniforms — Mods, Goths, Teddy Boys, New Romantics, Glams, Rude Boys, Cyberpunks… they all had distinct codes of dress which he documented, chapter by chapter.
Funks (L) and Punks (R)
Self Portrait as a Hippie
Acid Jazz (L) and Cyberpunk (R)
Street Style was re-released in 2010 to present an updated encyclopedia of young style.