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Rebel Rebel: Anti Style

Universe Pub. 2009. 143pp. colour ills.

Tracing the roots of rebel style to the music scene, this book explores how fashionable music and "anti-fashion" icons, like David Bowie, the Sex Pistols, and Gwen Stefani, have inspired fashion. Rebel style is all about wearing common or mundane items with a sense of creativity and irony. The classic leather jacket (think Brando or Joan Jett) remains a symbol of the ‘outsider’, while jeans have been re imagined as a style centrepiece by every generation. The skirt is constantly being reappraised, whether it’s mini, peasant, or frou-frou, to simultaneously celebrate and subvert images of femininity. Rebel, Rebel is the anti-style bible that will inspire the next generation of designers, and club kids alike.