The look of this volume is as eye-poppingly witty as the clothes that inspired it. This colorful exhibition catalog was produced to accompany a controversial streetstyle exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1994 and was written by that museum's curators of textiles and dress. The exhibit and this book attempt to codify British subcultural dress by dividing it into 50 categories spanning 50 years since World War II. Careful attention is given to the provenance of each garment and to overall look. Readers will be interested to see how styles that mainstream designers have adapted originated as statements of youthful rebellion. A document of costume history and popular culture, this title belongs in every serious decorative arts collection.