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  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1951 (designed)
    April 1953 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Vanderbilt Shirt Company (manufacturer)
    United States Army (made for)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Nylon, cotton, silk and wool, with shag lining

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This parka was originally made as standard US Army issue in the early 1950s. In the 1960s, members of the Mod movement purchased parkas from Army surplus stores for their own personal use. These coats were lightweight, warm, and affordable, and were worn while riding one's scooter to protect the wearer from the weather.

Physical description

Ex-US Army Issue parka of 50% nylon, 50% cotton, silk-backed, uncut wool, shag lining, with 'U.S. ARMY' patch stitched on the front.

Place of Origin

United States (made)


1951 (designed)
April 1953 (made)


Vanderbilt Shirt Company (manufacturer)
United States Army (made for)

Materials and Techniques

Nylon, cotton, silk and wool, with shag lining

Marks and inscriptions

Inscription on patch stitched on the front


Weight: 2 kg

Object history note

Worn by an English Mod in the 1960s.

Purchased. Registered File number 1993/2173.

Descriptive line

Ex-US Army Issue parka, nylon, cotton, silk and wool, with shag lining, made by Vanderbilt Shirt Company for United States Army, USA, designed 1951, made April 1953.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

De La Haye, Amy and Cathie Dingwall, eds. Surfers Soulies Skinheads & Skaters: Subcultural Style from the Forties to the Nineties. London: Victoria and Albert Publications, 1996.


Cotton fibre; Nylon; Silk (textile); Wool


Fashion; Clothing; Women's clothes; Streetstyle exhibition 1994

Production Type

Mass produced


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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