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Necklace - The Pirelli Calendar 1985

The Pirelli Calendar 1985

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1984 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Butler & Wilson (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Paste stones

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Andrew Cowan

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Necklace with a tyre track design in black and white gem paste.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1984 (made)


Butler & Wilson (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Paste stones

Object history note

Registered File number 1985/1213.
Part of a jewellery suite (T.469, 470&A, 472, 473-1985) was specially commissioned for the Pirelli calendar 1985 and was photographed by Norman Parkinson. It was featured on the front cover and modelled by Iman.
Gallery label text for Fashion Tracks exhibition:


Designer Clothes for the 1985 Pirelli Calendar
In 1983 Martyn Walsh the Art Director and Designer of the Pirelli Calendar suggested to Pirelli UK Ltd that they revive the famous Pirelli Calendar and as an innovation incorporate a fashion show using the P6 tyre tread as the decorative theme. Fourteen leading British Designers were invited to make clothes and accessories using the tyre tread design. These commissions represented a significant break-away from the traditional Pirelli Calendars and resulted in an unusual and stylistically powerful collection. The dramatic photographs were taken by Norman Parkinson. At the Calendar launch the collection was auctioned for charity and later the owners generously gave these unique works to the V&A.
The Mannequins and display are by the Creative Team of Adel Rootstein Hopkins Ltd.
The display will be in the Dress Collection from 5th November 1986 to Autumn 1987. It is divided into two parts, one on either side of the Dress Collection at the entrances from Rooms 21 and 47 respectively.

Descriptive line

Necklace 'Pirelli Calendar 1985', designed by Butler & Wilson, Great Britain, 1984

Production Note

Attribution note: Specially commissioned for the Pirelli calendar 1985


Paste gems

Subjects depicted

Tyre tracks


Fashion; Accessories; Jewellery

Production Type



Textiles and Fashion Collection

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