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Jeans - 501

501

  • Object:

    Jeans

  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1980s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Levi Strauss & Co. (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton denim

  • Museum number:

    T.395-1995

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Faded blue denim jeans.

Place of Origin

United States (made)

Date

1980s (made)

Artist/maker

Levi Strauss & Co. (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Cotton denim

Object history note

Part of an woman's Subcultural Style outfit (T.392 to 400-1995).

Purchased. Registered File number 1995/907.

Historical context note

This outfit represents Subcultural Style and was displayed as such in the Street Style exhibition. It was assembled and worn by Angela Salt, who wore it to go to Tecno and Ambient nightclubs and parties throughout 1994. She combined accessible high street garments with army surplus to create a futuristic look that she described as "New Age-Ambient-Techno".

Angela Salt is a successful illustrator and artist. She graduated from Kingston University in 1991 (BA Hons Graphic Design) and did a MA in Communication Media at Manchester Metropolitan University where she graduated in 1992. She based herself in London where her unique appearance (6.5" in Vivienne Westwood heels) and her striking sense of fashion and style attracted a great deal of attention. She posed for Jamie Hewlett's "Tank Girl", an aggressive, shaven-headed and gun-toting female comic book character, wearing much of her own customised and individualised clothing. She donated this outfit to the V&A as an example of her style.

Descriptive line

Jeans, cotton denim, Levis 501, United States, 1980s; part of woman's Subcultural Style outfit, UK, 1993-1994.

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

De La Haye, Amy and Cathie Dingwall, eds. Surfers Soulies Skinheads & Skaters: Subcultural Style from the Forties to the Nineties. London: Victoria and Albert Publications, 1996.

Materials

Cotton (textile); Denim

Techniques

Twill weave

Categories

Fashion; Women's clothes; Informal wear; Evening wear

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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