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  • Place of origin:

    London, England (made)

  • Date:

    1980-1981 (designed)
    1993 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kahn, Jane (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Leather with studs and chains

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Bustier in "New Romantic" style, of gold leather with studs and chains.

Place of Origin

London, England (made)


1980-1981 (designed)
1993 (made)


Kahn, Jane (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Leather with studs and chains


Weight: 0.64 kg

Object history note

Part of a New Romantic ensemble (T.633 to 641-1993 and T.117:1, 2-1994), designed and made by Jane Kahn and Patty Bell, whose shop "Kahniverous" was based in the Great Gear Market, Kings Road, Chelsea. It was made in 1993 as a replica of a 1980-81 design, for the Street Style exhibition to represent a New Romantic look for 1980-81.

Kahn and Bell's design sources were eclectic, bringing together Egyptian, African and Far East art and design influences which were combined with futuristic and fantastic elements. Their style was elaborate, almost theatrical, and had a particular appeal to the more extreme New Romantics.

Purchased. Registered File number 1993/2172.

Descriptive line

Bustier in "New Romantic" style, gold leather with studs and chains, made in 1993 as a replica of a 1980-81 design, by Jane Kahn, London.

Exhibition History

Streetstyle, From Sidewalk to Catwalk, 1940 to Tomorrow (Victoria and Albert Museum 16/11/1994-19/02/1995)




Fashion; Women's clothes

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection code


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