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Make-up box

Make-up box

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Museum number:

    S.152 to BG-1983

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

New Wave pop star Adam Ant caused a sensation in the early 1980s with several chart-topping singles, and "Antmania" (hysteria) amongst his fans. His influential style put him at the forefront of the burgeoning New Romantic movement in early 1980s pop music, and his distinctive look, featuring war paint, make-up and colourful costume, was quickly capitalised on by merchandisers. This retailer's display case for Adam Ant branded cosmetics was designed to hold up to 36 nail varnish containers, giving prominence to his made-up face on the back board to promote the line to "Antmaniacs".

The other make-up items in this collection would have been from different lines in the Adam Ant range, which included flavoured lip-shine, lip liner and lipsticks. It would have been mainly marketed at young girls and teenagers, but would still seem outrageous to many parents, particularly if their sons were buying it in imitation of Adam! Today, selling (more subtle) make-up to men is a thriving business, due to the early 21st century phenomenon of what has been described in the Media as the 'metrosexual' male, in touch with his feminine side.

Physical description

Adam Ant make-up retail display box, containing lip gloss, nail varnish, lip liner and face paint, the box decorated with a photograph of Adam Ant

Artist/maker

Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 24.4 cm When box is fully open, with lid folded back, Width: 32 cm, Depth: 15 cm, Height: 8.5 cm with lid closed

Descriptive line

Adam Ant make-up retail display box, containing lip gloss, nail varnish, lip liner and face paint, the box decorated with a photograph of Adam Ant

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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