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On display at V&A South Kensington
Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear

Suit

1996 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

After studying fashion at Southgate College, Ozwald Boateng launched his own label in 1989. He opened his shop just off Savile Row in 1995, and helped to introduce tailoring to a new generation. Describing his work as ‘bespoke couture’ Boateng’s tailoring combines traditional techniques with up-to-the-minute styling. The angled pockets (a feature of riding jackets), high closing jacket, concealed buttons and tapered trousers result in a streamlined and fashion-conscious silhouette. Vibrant colourways are a key element of his work. In 2003, Boateng was appointed artistic director of menswear at French fashion house Givenchy.


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

  • Jacket
  • Trousers
Materials and Techniques
Wool, polyester and mohair
Brief Description
Man's suit consisting of a jacket and trousers in wool, polyester and mohair, designed by Ozwald Boateng, Great Britain, 1996
Physical Description
Man's suit consisting of a jacket and trousers in purple wool, polyester and kid mohair.
Dimensions
  • Length: 841mm (Note: Jacket)
  • Width: 463mm (Note: Jacket shoulder to shoulder seam)
  • Circumference: 905mm (Note: Jacket chest)
  • Circumference: 945mm (Note: Jacket waist)
  • Length: 1070mm (Note: Trousers)
  • Circumference: 860mm (Note: Trousers waist)
  • Circumference: 860mm (Note: Trousers upper hip)
  • Length: 881mm (Note: Shirt)
  • Width: 465mm (Note: Shirt shoulder to shoulder seam)
  • Circumference: 1190mm (Note: Shirt chest)
  • Circumference: 1110mm (Note: Shirt waist)
  • Length: 1501mm (Note: Tie)
  • Width: 82mm (Note: Tie max)
  • Width: 41mm (Note: Tie minimum)
Credit line
Given by the designer
Object history
Part of an outfit T.22:1 to 8-1997.
Summary
After studying fashion at Southgate College, Ozwald Boateng launched his own label in 1989. He opened his shop just off Savile Row in 1995, and helped to introduce tailoring to a new generation. Describing his work as ‘bespoke couture’ Boateng’s tailoring combines traditional techniques with up-to-the-minute styling. The angled pockets (a feature of riding jackets), high closing jacket, concealed buttons and tapered trousers result in a streamlined and fashion-conscious silhouette. Vibrant colourways are a key element of his work. In 2003, Boateng was appointed artistic director of menswear at French fashion house Givenchy.
Collection
Accession Number
T.22:1, 2-1997

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record createdApril 4, 2005
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