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Rock and pop costume

Rock and pop costume

  • Date:

    ca. 1984 (made)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Stuart Leslie Goddard (Adam Ant)

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  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

After starting his career in a punk rock band in the late 1970s, and acting in Derek Jarman's punk film Jubilee, Ant's musical and artistic direction changed after hiring Malcolm McLaren in 1980. McLaren's assistance in redefining their image resulted in the piratical theme that became a hallmark of Adam and the Ants, despite McLaren subsequently persuading the rest of the Ants to leave and form a separate band, Bow Wow Wow. After regrouping with a new backing band, Adam and the Ants became one of the most successful British acts of the early 1980s; their image and style of music was at the forefront of the burgeoning New Romantic movement.


ca. 1984 (made)


Weight: 1.8 kg Jacket, trousers and belt, Width: 70 cm Jacket, shoulder width, laid flat, Length: 70 cm Jacket, collar to hem, laid flat, Width: 33 cm Trousers, waist width, laid flat, Length: 101 cm Trousers, waist to hem, laid flat, Width: 3 cm Belt, width, Length: 106 cm Belt, length, Width: 6.5 cm Small patches, width, Length: 19 cm Small patches, length, Width: 6.5 cm Large patches, width, Length: 32 cm Large patches, length

Descriptive line

Costume worn by Tony Hughes, of the Adam Ant band, on the 1984 tour.


Gender and Sexuality


Theatre and Performance Collection

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