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Rock and pop costume
  • Rock and pop costume
    Clark, Ossie, born 1942 - died 1996
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Rock and pop costume

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1972 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Clark, Ossie, born 1942 - died 1996 (costume designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Velvet, lycra, perspex and metal

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sir Mick Jagger

  • Museum number:

    S.1066-1983

  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition

By their 1972 American and European tour, The Rolling Stones had been together for over ten years, and had garnered a reputation as the “The Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band in the World”. The title had been conferred on them by their tour manager on their 1969 US tour, and it stuck with them ever since. The 1972 tour, labelled “one of the benchmarks of an era” by Dave Marsh (an American music journalist), was covered by well-established writers such as Terry Southern (screenwriter of Easy Rider) and Truman Capote. This was a first for a rock tour, and indicative of how the tour was perceived culturally.

The Stones tour coincided with the explosion of the glam rock movement in British pop. David Bowie’s androgynous alien and Marc Bolan’s glitter pixie were dominating Top of the Pops and Melody Maker and their stylistic influence on the British music scene was palpable in nearly every band of the time. Mick Jagger, as a performer, had an element of adrodgyny about him and the glam style fitted perfectly with his stage personality.
The costume for this tour was specially designed for him by Ossie Clark, famed for his romantic flowing gowns and unabashed show-stopping garments. Jagger had become a client of his in the late 1960s, and Clark had created this voluptuous outfit for this tour in the glam style, reminiscent of costumes Bowie had been pictured in; an all-in-one velvet jump suit, with large areas uncovered to show off Jagger’s lithe body.

Physical description

Off-white panne velvet jump suit with shoulder straps to front, open at chest and fastened above waist with laces, and wide flared trousers. The suit decorated set all over with perspex lozenges, each centred with a metal stud.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (possibly, made)

Date

1972 (made)

Artist/maker

Clark, Ossie, born 1942 - died 1996 (costume designer)

Materials and Techniques

Velvet, lycra, perspex and metal

Dimensions

Height: 150 cm, Width: 50 cm, Depth: 34 cm estimate

Object history note

Jump suit worn by Mick Jagger on the Rolling Stones' 1972 European and USA tours.

Descriptive line

Jump suit worn by Mick Jagger on the Rolling Stones' 1972 European and American tours

Labels and date

Stage costume worn by Mick Jagger
1972

Worn on the Rolling Stones' 1972 European tour, this slim jump suit illustrates the fusion between fashion and pop. It was designed by Ossie Clark, one of the most successful designers of the late 1960s and '70s, and its flared trousers are typical of their times.

Lycra and velvet
Designed by Ossie Clark (1942-96)
Given by Mick Jagger
Museum no. S.1066-1983 []

Materials

Velvet; Lycra; Perspex; Metal

Techniques

Sewing

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Stage costumes

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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