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Bustier

1980-1981 (designed), 1993 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Bustier of gold leather with studs and chains.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Leather with studs and chains
Brief Description
Bustier, gold leather with studs and chains, designed by Jane Kahn and Patty Bell, London, 1993
Physical Description
Bustier of gold leather with studs and chains.
Dimensions
  • Weight: 0.64kg
Production typeHaute couture
Object history
Registered File number 1993/2172, Streetstyle exhibition 1994-1995, in the exhibition it was part of an outfit called 'New Romantic Kahn & Belle UK 1980-1 (re-made 1993)' (includes the hat T.633-1993, the gloves T.634-1993, the choker and collar T.635-1993, the earrings T.636-1993, the T-shirt T.637-1993, the leggings T.638-1993, the skirt T.639-1993, the cape T.641-1993 and the boots T.117-1994).





Part of a New Romantic ensemble designed and made by Jane Kahn and Patty Bell, whose shop "Kahniverous" was based in the Great Gear Market, Kings Road, Chelsea. It was made in 1993 as a replica of a 1980-81 design, for the Street Style exhibition to represent a New Romantic look for 1980-81.



Kahn and Bell's design sources were eclectic, bringing together Egyptian, African and Far East art and design influences which were combined with futuristic and fantastic elements. Their style was elaborate, almost theatrical, and had a particular appeal to the more extreme New Romantics.
Bibliographic Reference
Surfers, Soulies, Skinheads & Skaters : Subcultural Style from the Forties to the NinetiesDrescribed in the exhibition publication, part of an outfit called 'New Romantic Kahn & Belle UK 1980-1 (re-made 1993)'.
Collection
Accession Number
T.640-1993

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record createdNovember 23, 2010
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