Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Pair of boots - Clean Up or Die

Clean Up or Die

  • Object:

    Pair of boots

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1989 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Katharine Hamnett, born 1948 (designer)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the designer

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Pair of black zip ankle boots.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1989 (made)


Katharine Hamnett, born 1948 (designer)

Object history note

Registered File number 1990/873. Part of an outfit T.209 to D-1990.

Descriptive line

Pair of black zip ankle boots, designed by Katherine Hamnett, England, 1989.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

C. Wilcox & V. Mendes. Modern Fashion in Detail. V&A Publications, 1991, p.128

Labels and date

Designed by Katharine Hamnett (British)
Studded leather jacket, stretch velvet catsuit and top

Given by Katharine Hamnett
T.209 to b-1990

Designed by Katharine Hamnett (British)
Studded leather jacket and trousers with cotton T-shirt

Given by Katharine Hamnett
T.208 to c-1990

Katharine Hamnett believes that she stands alone "against the rise in fascist dressing". Her work has been described as an exercise in radical chic. Irreverent political views and an instinct for bucking the establishment have made her famous and turned a tiny pre-washed cottons business, started with a £500 loan in 1979, into a hugely successful global operation.
While solidly positioned in the avant garde, Hamnett's work is steeped in nostalgia. School uniforms, sixties starlets and rockers have always been her inspiration, while her slogan T-shirts bring us back to the days of Woodstock and Vietnam war sit-ins.

Her latest winter collection, with the slogan "Clean Up or Die" studded on the backs of leather bikers jackets, is characteristically quotable, pithy and sexy. The jackets are richly embellished, the entire surface covered with trinkets and charms, endowing and protecting the wearer, like amulets for battle. The man's outfit features classic Hamnett slogan T-shirt and skull and cross-bone belt buckle. The lady's lush velour catsuit is soft and slinky, clinging to every curve and looks appropriate for an acrobat or trapeze artiste. She is wearing a matching "James Bond" top, a characteristic reference by Hamnett to popular modern culture. [1990]

Production Note

Autumn / Winter 'Clean Up or Die' collection 1990


Women's clothes; Fashion; Footwear


Textiles and Fashion Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.