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Jordan in Jubilee

Photograph
1977 (photographed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silver gelatin print in glazed wooded frame. The back has two metal hooks and string tied between.
Brief Description
Framed photograph of Jordan in Derek Jarman's 1978 film Jubilee.
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.
Dimensions
  • Framed height: 33.5cm
  • Width: 39.3cm
  • Depth: 3cm
Marks and Inscriptions
Jordan in / Jubilee / 1977 (Written in pen on the back of the frame by Derek Jarman.)
Gallery Label
2, 3 JORDAN IN DEREK JARMAN’S JUBILEE 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. Photograph 1977 Gelatin-silver print in glazed wood frame Given by Keith Collins Museum no. S.1315–2010 Life mask 1977 Gypsum plaster, paint Museum no. S1316-2010(June 2011)
Credit line
Given by Keith Collins
Subject depicted
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
S.1315-2010

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record createdNovember 25, 2010
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