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Kiss of Death

  • Object:

    Bonnet

  • Place of origin:

    Britain, United Kingdom (designed)

  • Date:

    1994 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gordan, Jo, born 1967 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Satin, with feathers

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the designer

  • Museum number:

    T.139-1996

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Image in copyright

Jo Gordon has taken the traditional structure of a poke bonnet to extremes. The long, menacing feathers project forward over two feet in a tunnel-like brim, which almost obscures the face. Gordon initially trained as a fine artist, studying sculpture at Grays School of Art in Aberdeen. She then undertook a two-year millinery course at the Royal College of Art. After 1995 Gordon branched out into knitwear, an area in which she continues to specialise and experiment.

Physical description

Black satin bonnet with pheasant feathers.

Place of Origin

Britain, United Kingdom (designed)

Date

1994 (made)

Artist/maker

Gordan, Jo, born 1967 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Satin, with feathers

Dimensions

Height: 170 mm, Width: 240 mm, Depth: 700 mm

Object history note

Registered File number 1996/371.

Descriptive line

'Kiss of death', black satin bonnet with pheasant feathers, designed by Jo Gordan, Britain, 1994

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

de la Haye, Amy, ed. The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947-1997. London: V&A Publications, 1997, p. 144, plate 112.

Exhibition History

Hats An Anthology by Stephen Jones (Victoria and Albert Museum 24/02/2009-31/05/2009)
The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947-1997 (Victoria and Albert Museum 06/03/1997-27/07/1997)

Labels and date

Jo Gordon has taken the traditional structure of a poke bonnet to extremes. The long, menacing feathers project forward over two feet in a tunnel-like brim, which almost obscures the face. [1997]

Materials

Feathers

Techniques

Satin weave

Categories

Textiles; Fashion; Accessories; Hats & headwear; Women's clothes

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection code

T&F

Qr_O84304
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