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Ted Polhemus is a world expert on youth subculture. His previous works include Fashion and Anti Fashion, Popstyles, Social Aspects of the Human Body, Bodystyles and Rituals of Love. He lectures all over the world and is a consultant for several major fashion brands.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
Street style has always existed. It is, however, only since the mid-1950s that its significance has been recognized, valued, and emulated. Why this change? Arguably the most profound and distinctive development of the twentieth century was this era's shift from high culture to popular culture—the slow but steady recognition that innovation in matters of art, music, and dress can derive from all social strata rather than, as previously, only from the upper classes....
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