Monsieur Robot – 50 Years of British Style Culture


I own a lot of coffee table books, ironically I don’t own a coffee table, but then you can’t have everything can you? A lot of my books are about fashion or specific designers, but even the books about designers who make both womenswear and menswear always favour the former over the latter. Thankfully Ben Sherman have just released a book entitled Ben Sherman 50 Years of British Style Culture that covers the menswear trends created by British pop-culture, trends influenced by the unique socio-political landscape of the UK between 1963 and 2013. Many of these early trends have had an unquantifiable impact on menswear and continue to influence fashion today. The book brilliantly and concisely captures the very essence of British menswear without ever mentioning the Duke of Windsor or Saville Row, and frankly that’s why I love it. These trends  were born out of music, out of politics, out of culture and revolution. There are 8 key movements covered, Teddy Boy, Rocker, Mod, Northern Soul, Punk, Skinhead, Two Tone and Casual and amongst all this are some truly extraordinary photographs documenting the audacious pioneers of these trends. When I looked through the book I got incredibly nostalgic about Britain, about menswear and about my passion for both these things. Is there any other country with such a rich and potent history for menswear? I’m really not sure there is. Check out these pics and see if you agree…


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