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Roller disco ensemble

Roller disco ensemble

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1979 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Howie, Paul (designer)
    Umbro (manufacturers)
    Morris Vulcan Limited (manufacturers)
    Walkers (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    knitted wool. Leather gloves, nylon socks. Metal roller skates with rubber wheels

  • Museum number:

    T.245-1980

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Red wool hand-knitted jumper-tunic with large blue collar and blue knitted belt. Accessorised with red leather gloves (tucked into belt), red nylon socks (rolled down to ankle height), black ribbed tights, and a pair of red roller skates, to be worn over red leather shoes

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1979 (made)

Artist/maker

Howie, Paul (designer)
Umbro (manufacturers)
Morris Vulcan Limited (manufacturers)
Walkers (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

knitted wool. Leather gloves, nylon socks. Metal roller skates with rubber wheels

Object history note

The complete ensemble was donated in 1979 with a customised Adel Rootstein mannequin specially made for the purpose of modelling it. This was part of a group of 25 such total ensembles donated in 1979.

Historical significance: Roller discos were a major part of teenage socialising in the late 1970s and 1980s. They had their own special dress code. This remarkably complete outfit reflects a fashionable, co-ordinated version of a look which was made up from a number of separate components, all of which are present here.

Labels and date

ROLLER DISCO OUTFIT
SWEATER AND BELT
Hand-knitted wool
British: Paul Howie, 1979
SOCKS
Machine-knitted nylon
British: Umbro, 1979
TIGHTS
Machine-knitted wool and nylon
English, 1979
GLOVES
Punched leather
English: Miloré, 1979
SKATES
Metal, leather, plastic etc.
English, Morris Vulcan, 1979

The loose-fitting thigh length sweater recalls the 'sloppy joe' of the 1950s. It is knitted mainly in stocking stitch with narrow bands of ribbing at the wrists and lower edge. The V-shaped yoke, which extends over the shoulders, is knitted in reverse stocking and garter stitches and is padded and quilted. The matching belt is simply a long strip knitted in stocking stitch.

Given by Paul Howie, via Simpsons (Piccadilly) Ltd.
T.245 to 249A-1980 [1985]

Materials

Wool; Nylon; Metal; Rubber; Leather

Techniques

Hand knitting

Subjects depicted

Dancing; Youth style; Leisure

Categories

Fashion; Sport; Shopping

Production Type

Ready to wear

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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