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Bondage Suit

1976 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Jacket
  • Trousers
Materials and Techniques
Machine-sewn cotton and metal
Brief Description
Bondage 'Punk' suit consisting of a jacket and trousers in black cotton, designed by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren, London, 1976.
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.
Credit line
Given by the designers
Object history
Registered File number 1989/1854.

Part of a 'Punk' outfit T.252 to H-1989.
Production
Spring/Summer collection in 1976
Summary
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.
Bibliographic Reference
Mendes, Valerie. Black In Fashion. London: V&A Publications, 1999.
Collection
Accession Number
T.252&A-1989

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record createdJanuary 7, 2003
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