• Mar 4th, 2011

REBEL YOUTH

Already on the fashion radar, granted, but this new book of photographs by Karl Heinz Weinberger (Rizzoli 2011) is another chance to look at his innovative work. This unassuming part-time Swiss photographer meticulously documented the delinquent Swiss biker gangs of the early 60s. Swiss cheese this is not! The hard-edged homo-erotic portraits revel in the fetishistic detail of DIY denim and customised leather, the minutiae of a subculture that make these pictures pure fashion. Pre-dating punk and pre-empting the films of Kenneth Anger, the contradiction of the throwback 50s boys style with the 1960’s girls beehives and mohair, make this an essential and fascinating reference.

REBEL YOUTH by Karlheinz Weinberger (Rizzoli International Publications 2011).

REBEL YOUTH by Karlheinz Weinberger (Rizzoli International Publications 2011).

REBEL YOUTH by Karlheinz Weinberger (Rizzoli International Publications 2011).

REBEL YOUTH by Karlheinz Weinberger (Rizzoli International Publications 2011).

SWEDISH DISPATCH RIDERS COAT: 1930’s leather bike jacket pullover.
(The Vintage Showroom collection)

 

SWEDISH DISPATCH RIDERS COAT: 1930’s leather bike jacket pullover.
(The Vintage Showroom collection)BIKERS BLACK LEATHER KIDNEY BELT: studded bikers belt with ‘Rebel Rouser” motto.
(The Vintage Showroom collection)

 

 

WORLD WAR I GERMAN/PRUSSIAN HELMET: with thanks Neil from North Sea Clothing.

 

 

 

 

PLEATED BIG SMITH JACKET: 1950’s Big Smith jacket 1st pattern pleated.
(The Vintage Showroom collection)

 

EARLY 20TH CENTURY MINERS BELT: Industrial leather belt with iron safety hook.
(The Vintage Showroom collection)

 

 

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