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Photograph - Jordan in <i>Jubilee</i>
  • Jordan in Jubilee
    Jarman, Derek, born 1942 - died 1994
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Jordan in Jubilee

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (photographed)

  • Date:

    1977 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Jarman, Derek, born 1942 - died 1994 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver gelatin print in glazed wooded frame. The back has two metal hooks and string tied between.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Keith Collins

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This photograph was taken on the set of Derek Jarman's Jubilee. Directed in 1978, the film had a cast featuring the punk actress and model Jordan, Adam Ant, Toyah Wilcox and Little Nell (famous for her rôle in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)). It also featured appearances by Wayne County, the dancer and choreographer Lindsay Kemp, and Steve Severin and Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees. The film concerns Queen Elizabeth I who has been transported to a bleak and decrepit contemporary Britain (reflecting the decline of 1970s Britain), to find Queen Elizabeth II dead after a mugging, and Buckingham Palace taken over by a group of punks who have turned it into a recording studio. History is being rewritten by subversives and a gang of misfits take part in mass violence, sexual depravity and anarchy. Jubilee represents a stylised contemporary account of the impact of the punk movement in Britain.

Jordan is a model and actress noted for her work with Vivienne Westwood and the SEX boutique on King's Road, Chelsea, in the late 1970s. She was a fixture at many of the early Sex Pistols' performances and her style and fashion sense made her an icon of the London punk scene.

Physical description

Black and white silver gelatin print in glazed plain wooden frame of the punk model and actress Jordan in the film Jubilee. She is sitting behind a desk, in front of a wall covered in graffiti, in a twin set and pearls, her face painted with geometric lines, and with sticking up hair.

Place of Origin

London (photographed)


1977 (photographed)


Jarman, Derek, born 1942 - died 1994 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Silver gelatin print in glazed wooded frame. The back has two metal hooks and string tied between.

Marks and inscriptions

Jordan in / Jubilee / 1977
Written in pen on the back of the frame by Derek Jarman.


Height: 33.5 cm framed, Width: 39.3 cm, Depth: 3 cm

Descriptive line

Framed photograph of Jordan in Derek Jarman's 1978 film Jubilee.

Labels and date

2, 3

Punk model and actress Jordan worked with Vivienne Westwood and was a fixture at early Sex Pistols gigs. Her appearance as Amyl Nitrate in Derek Jarman’s Jubilee (1977) typifies the punk style: mixing traditional clichés – the twin set and pearls – with spiked hair and heavy make-up.

Gelatin-silver print in glazed wood frame
Given by Keith Collins
Museum no. S.1315–2010

Life mask
Gypsum plaster, paint
Museum no. S1316-2010 [June 2011]


Photography; Gelatin silver process


Entertainment & Leisure; Photographs; Gender and Sexuality


Theatre and Performance Collection

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