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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1977-1980 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    McLaren, Malcolm (designer)
    Vivienne Westwood, born 1941 (designer)
    Seditionaries (retailed by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Knitted mohair and string

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with Art Fund support and assistance from the Friends of the V&A, the Elsbeth Evans Trust, and the Dorothy Hughes Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This multi-coloured, cropped mohair and string jumper was probably made in the later 1970s. It was the heyday of the punk movement and this type of garment set the punk fashion for torn and unravelling sweaters.

From 1976, the fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and her partner Malcolm McLaren sold similar tops in their shop ''Seditionaries' in the King's Road, London. Westwood explained: ‘I started making mohair jumpers for the girls - you couldn't even buy mohair then. I loved the beatnik idea of wearing a man's sweater with tights.’

Real mohair is made from the fine hair of the angora goat. Imitation mohair can be made from a blend of wools.

Physical description

Red, orange and yellow loose-knit mohair long-sleeved, cropped jumper.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1977-1980 (made)


McLaren, Malcolm (designer)
Vivienne Westwood, born 1941 (designer)
Seditionaries (retailed by)

Materials and Techniques

Knitted mohair and string


Circumference: 74 cm at bust, Length: 25 cm

Descriptive line

Jumper, f, red, orange and yellow loose-knit mohair, Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood, Britain, 'Seditionaries' Collection, 1976.


Mohair; String


Fashion; Gender and Sexuality; The Michael and Gerlinde Costiff Costume Collection


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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