Photo Gallery: Tough, Stylish Teddy Girls of the 1950s

If you’re into mid-century British youth culture — and who isn’t? — you probably know all about Teddy Boys, the ’50s rock ‘n roll dandies in long jackets and creepers. But perhaps you didn’t realize there was a whole subculture of Teddy Girls, too. Also known as Judies (we’ll take that as a compliment), they dressed much like their male counterparts, sporting short hair, pants, sharply cut suit jackets, and defiant sneers. Get to know them in the gallery of Teddy Girl photos taken by Ken Russell (yes, the one who later became a film director and made both Tommy and Altered States) in 1955, after the jump.

Photo credit: Ken Russell [Spotted via How to Be a Retronaut]