From Barcelona to Berlin, Milan to Moscow, teenagers are copying fashions and a culture that developed on the streets and terraces of British cities. But how did the football casual subculture come about? What did they stand for? What made them tick? All make for a story that needs to be told in depth. That is exactly what this film does. Using recently unearthed archive footage from the late 70s early 80s, informative interviews with brands like Fila, Adidas and 80s Casual Classics, plus personalities like Peter Hooton and Cass Pennant along with those who were at the heart of the story, at the time when football and fashion mattered more than corporate hospitality and sanitized stadiums. "It's not just about what you were wearing, but also how you wore it. Not just your clothes but your hair and even the 'manner in which you walked'. You had to have that 'attitude', saying like 'Here I am'."
Interesting documentary - well worth a watch
- Casuals: The Story of the Legendary Terrace Fashion review by RP
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I recently saw the 'Essex gangster' film 'Rise of the Footsoldier' and although I had seen it before, was quite shocked by the brutally realistic fight scenes between rival football hooligans shown in the first 15 minutes of the film. I decided to have a look at how the football hooligan plague of the 1980s has been depicted in film. I have watched (in release date order) 'The Firm' (1988), 'I.D.' (1995), 'The Football Factory' (2004), 'Green Street' (2005), 'Cass' (2008), 'Awaydays' (2009), 'The Firm' (2009 remake) - and this film, 'Casuals: The Story of the Legendary Terrace Fashion' (2011).
It's a documentary and covers the style of dress adopted by young football fans of the day, partly as a kind of tribal uniform, partly to differentiate themselves from an older generation of fans, partly as a kind of youth subculture, partly to differentiate themselves from fans of rival teams. The irony of course is that as the fashions spread, fans of rival teams became almost indistinguishable...
Based on high priced designer sports clothing brands (Adidas, Fila, Tacchini, Diadora, Fred Perry, Stone Island, Lacoste, Ellesse, Pringle etc) fans would spend a small fortune to get 'the look' - and if they were involved in crowd violence, were more concerned about damage to their expensive clothing than to themselves.
This move to 'casual' clothing also helped to make the hooligans less visible to the police - until of course, the police got wise, so in part leading to the demise of the style.
As a documentary it isn't at all bad, and anyone interested in 80's fashion could learn a lot from the history of how the style evolved from earlier 'mod' fashion and came to be adopted by football fans. The film was part written, part produced by Cass Pennant, once a member of West Ham's notorious InterCity Firm, so with his input it ought to have that accuracy that is often missing from film dramas about the era.