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These jeans formed part of an outfit worn by Danny Edwards and displayed in the exhibition Streetstyle, From Sidewalk to Catwalk, 1940 to Tomorrow held at the V&A in 1994-5. The complete outfit consisted of a white Exhaust denim shirt, these Exhaust denim jeans and Grinders leather boots. The outfit reflected a style of ‘Ragga’ dress worn by some British men in the mid 1980s to mid 1990s..
‘Ragga’ derives from the word ‘Raggamuffin’, originally a derogatory term for delinquent Jamaican youths. Ragga began in the mid-1980s in Jamaican dancehalls before spreading throughout the African diaspora. Denim became an important element of Ragga style, particularly in the form of the distinctive men’s ‘click suit’, made of an intricate patchwork of shredded or stonewashed denim decorated with appliqué or rich brocade. This outfit, which reflects this embellishment of a fabric originally associated with workwear (denim), was worn by Danny Edwards in 1992. He acquired the shirt from his uncle’s shop Stars in Dalston in 1984. The jeans, although made by the same company (Exhaust - a favourite Raggamuffin label), were bought whilst he was in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1992. The boots came from Camden Town in 1993.
Blue denim jeans.
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Weight: 0.7 kg
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Worn by Danny Edwards.
Purchased. Registered File number 1994/1758.
Jeans, blue denim, Exhaust, Jamaica, 1992, part of man's 'Ragga' outfit (Streetstyle exhibition)
Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)
De la Haye, Amy and Cathie Dingwall. Surfers Soulies Skinheads & Skaters, Subcultural style from the forties to the nineties. London: Victoria & Albert Museum, 1996
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Exhaust Shirt, Exhaust Jeans and Grinder Boots
This casual version of Ragga clothing draws on early hip-hop fashion with its loose-fitting denim clothes. Designer Danny Edwards bought the Exhaust jeans in Kingston, Jamaica, where they were a favourite with the Ragga crowd.
Museum no. T.950 to T.952:1-2—1994 
African Diaspora; Black History; Men's clothes; Fashion; Women's clothes; Streetstyle exhibition 1994
Textiles and Fashion Collection