(Nick M @ 11 Nov. 2004, 07:33) So did anyone actually wear
the Steed look in real life - did a fashion trend evolve from the show, do you know? Or did the look remain confined to the TV screen?
There was a fad in Swinging Sixties London for young guys to ape the Edwardian Look. Â They acquired the name "Teddy Boys." Â I don't know if they were inspired by the show, if the show was inspired by them, or if both sort of simultaneously emerged from the Carnaby Street scene. Â The last is probably the most likely explanation. Â Steed, after all, was not a young man. Â And I doubt the Teddy Boys would have sought to emulate a (nearly) middle-aged television character, but I could be wrong.
IMMSMC, the Teddy Boys evolved in the 1950s as a corruption in both name and deed from the Edwardians and the neo-Edwardians, the latter of which was a brief fashion moment in postwar 1950s London. Neo-Edwardianism was a look espoused in certain tailoring styles. The Teddy Boys copied the look and added Brylcreem, flick knives, and pills popped in the dance halls. The Teddy Boys were categorized as a quiffed-up, somewhat violent youth group. The Mods, by contrast, formed in the early 1960s, beginning as a group obsessed with the sharp cut, style and quality of their clothes, often from expensive boutiques in the King's Road. The movement caught fire and was banalized to cheap flash junk in Carnaby Street, Richard Lester movies, etc. Steed was most definitely NOT a Teddy Boy.