Aug 22, 2018 | By Sandy Chu
The work of Swiss photographer Karlheinz Weinberger has long been a source of inspiration for the fashion industry, and with the recent re-release of his iconic portraits of delinquent “Halbstarke” teenagers from 50s and 60s Europe, their fascinating DIY outfits are now available to a wider audience. The highly collectible ‘Karlheinz Weinberger: Photos, 1954 – 1995 has been re-worked to create ‘Rebel Youth’, and is available now from Rizzoli publishing.
Alongside the rocker, biker and Teddy boy denim looks the homemade accessories are amazing. Nuts and bolts replace jeans zippers, giant belt buckles are emblazoned with rock ‘n roll heroes of the time, or crudely painted logos, and hardware store chain and giant found objects become jewelry, styled with fox tails and bandana scarves in the most eclectic way.
This book is a must for young men’s and casual denim accessories, and has that unique ability to capture the creativity and flamboyant style of a lost generation.
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