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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)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

While attending Hornsey College of Art on a graphic design course Adam Ant (born Stuart Leslie Goddard) joined ‘50s influenced pub band Bazooka Joe as bass player. The band headlined the first concert played by the Sex Pistols and this new raw sound appealed to Adam Ant. He afterwards formed the band Adam and the Ants which failed to win favour with the British music press, despite that they toured the UK extensively. Around this time Adam appeared in Derek Jarman’s film Jubilee and caught the acting bug.

Adam and the band asked Malcolm McLaren to manage them, which soon led to the separation of Adam and the band. With a change of line up, the Ants returned with a new sound and look and became one of the most successful British acts of the early 1980s. After a string of hits, Adam dissolved the band and continued with a solo music career, interspersed with acting rolls on TV, film, and stage. Adam then started touring his new music, followed by a world tour showcasing his hit albums.

Physical description

Blue cotton t-shirt with dark blue and yellow material appliqued onto the top half of the costume. The appliqued part also has a pink coloured wave pattern accross it.


ca. 1984 (made)


Length: 62 cm Tshirt, collar to hem, Weight: 0.5 cm Packed weight of object

Descriptive line

Blue cotton t-shirt with dark blue and yellow material appliqued onto the top half, worn by a member of Adam Ant's band.


Gender and Sexuality


Theatre and Performance Collection

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