1980s (made)
Not currently on display at the V&A

Place Of Origin

Vest of light burgundy cotton jersey.

object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Cotton jersey
Brief Description
Vest, light burgundy cotton jersey, Great Britain, 1980s
Physical Description
Vest of light burgundy cotton jersey.
Object history
Registered File number 1994/274, Streetstyle exhibition 1994-1995, in the exhibition it was part of an outfit called 'Traveller UK 1986-94' (includes the jumper T.312-1994, the jeans T.500-1994, the T-shirt T.502-1994, the belt T.503-1994, the T-shirt T.504-1994, the socks T.505-1994, the boots T.506-1994, the whistle T.507-1994, the licorice T.508-1994, the toggle T.509-1994 and the friendship band T.510-1994).

Part of New Age Traveller Costume. This outfit combines second-hand and found clothing with army surplus and handmade garments. The numerous layers were worn for warmth and protection. The hat is unique to the traveller's tribe, in this case, the Dongas. Traveller clothing is normally worn until it falls apart, hence the condition of this outfit, and the unwashed appearance reflects the Traveller's itinerant life which is spent largely outdoors.
Bibliographic Reference
Surfers, Soulies, Skinheads & Skaters : Subcultural Style from the Forties to the NinetiesDescribed in the exhibition publication, part of an outfit called 'Traveller UK 1986-94'.
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record createdDecember 15, 2010
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