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Bondage suit

Bondage suit

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1976 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Vivienne Westwood, born 1941 (designer)
    McLaren, Malcolm (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Machine-sewn cotton and metal

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the designers

  • Museum number:

    T.252&A-1989

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bondage suit in black cotton was designed by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren for their Spring/Summer collection in 1976. It consists of a genderless matching two-piece jacket and trousers. The trousers have a zippered seam under the crotch and a detachable black towelling 'bum flap' and 'hobble' straps. The look is completed with black boots and a beret and handkerchief depicting the Sex Pistols logo. The outfit borrows elements from army combat gear, the motorcyclist's Belstaff and fetish wear, and was the archetypal Punk outfit popularised by bands like the Sex Pistols.

Physical description

Bondage 'Punk' suit consisting of a man's jacket and trousers in black cotton featuring metal zips, roomy pockets and non-functional straps with snap fastenings, D-rings and spring links.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1976 (made)

Artist/maker

Vivienne Westwood, born 1941 (designer)
McLaren, Malcolm (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Machine-sewn cotton and metal

Object history note

Registered File number 1989/1854.
Part of a 'Punk' outfit T.252 to H-1989.

Descriptive line

Bondage 'Punk' suit consisting of a jacket and trousers in black cotton, designed by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren, London, 1976.

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

Mendes, Valerie. Black In Fashion. London: V&A Publications, 1999.

Production Note

Spring/Summer collection in 1976

Materials

Cotton (textile); Metal

Techniques

Machine sewing

Categories

Fashion; Men's clothes

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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